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Remembrance: Where were You on 9/11?

Posted on September 11, 2010
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I received a call early morning, it started with “WE ARE AT WAR!” I said, “What?” I was told to turn the TV on and saw the second plane hit. From Finland my wife’s parents told us that their news had 5 planes unaccounted for in air space and that they were headed for Los Angeles freeway system. The internet was down and we had no way to know what was rumor and what was fact. I think people are taking this day for granted.

We are lucky that at least 5 attempts in last two years have been foiled or have been limited in scope. The TX Army base, the attempted Christmas bomber, the failed car bomb fuse in time square, the foiled plan to attack a NJ military base, the NY subway plot – there are no shortage of targets and no shortage of desire to kill Americans. Remember. God bless the fallen.

I’d be interested in your own recollection comments

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One Response to “Remembrance: Where were You on 9/11?”

  1. Kelley on September 12th, 2010 5:37 pm

    Today I am a graduate student in New Orleans, but 9 years ago, on September 11, 2001 I was an 8th grade student, sitting in class on the second day of school, in New York City. I remember hearing the crackling of the school’s announcement system and the principal’s voice explaining to all of us that planes had flown into each of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and that it appeared to be the word of terrorists. As a 13 year old living in the United States, terrorism wasn’t something I was familiar with. Our classroom had a view of the Manhattan skyline and students and teachers quickly turned their attention to the black smoke billowing through the sky. Somehow, I don’t remember if the towers had already fallen by the time our attention was drawn out the window. It bothers me that I don’t remember, but I think in the moment, it still wasn’t clear that 9/11/01 was a day that would always be remembered. Shortly after the announcement was made, parents began arriving at the school to take home their children. I remember walking home with my mom, brother, and sister as my mom tried her best to explain to us what had happened in a way that we could understand. We got in our car and left NYC for the day because it was unclear whether the attacks would continue.

    And you are absolutely right, we are taking this day for granted. We are fortunate to not have been the victims of any attacks since then, despite there being a number of attempts. 9/11 absolutely changed our country and our people. We should remember those who perished as well as honor those who demostrated heroism in the face of terror. Also, may we not forget to honor those who continue to show heroism in the face of terror, our troops.