Where were you on this day in 2001?
I was sitting at work several hours away from New York and getting ready for my day. I was in advertising sales at a radio station. We were listening to our news station when they started talking about a plane flying into a building.
My colleagues and I hurried downstairs to the news room where we could see the televisions. We were standing around in silence just absorbing what we were seeing and hearing. We were all still standing there when the second plane hit. All we could do was stand there in shock.
The news room was trying to desperately keep up with what was happening and provide information over the airwaves while the other stations switched from music to news. We were asked to leave and found another television to huddle around in the conference room. We were just watching there silently praying for those that were in the towers or on the planes.
By the time the Pentagon was hit and the towers collapsed, we were gathering our belongings. The station asked us to all leave so they could report on what was happening and not have distractions. We obviously weren’t making sales calls that day.
I left and immediately went to pick up my kids from school and take them home. I learned that my son had seen video of the planes in class and he thought it was a war movie. I took my kids into the basement and let them play, but left the television off. I periodically went upstairs and checked on information while calling my husband to see if his work had decided to let them leave. I was home when the final plane crashed in Pennsylvania.
It was a frightening day and long after as information was gathered and military was deployed. Our nation came together and our allies sent there condolences and well wishes. We lost many lives that day, but we did not lose our spirit.
While it may be wishful to forget it happened, we will not forget. I wish that many people that are so divided today could remember the united feeling we shared as a country after 9/11.
Deuteronomy 4:9 (NLT)
9 “But watch out! Be careful never to forget what you yourself have seen. Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren.