“Where were you when the world stopped turning?” asks a question by Alan Jackson in a song he recorded about the 9/11 tragedy. Thirteen years later, I remember exactly where I was. I was at work and we were watching the news since the first tower was hit.
Then, before our eyes, a second plane hit the second tower. It didn’t seem to go off course, but flew directly into the tower. Chills washed over me as I realized that life would never be the same again.
Over the course of the next few hours, the Pentagon was also hit, the plane went down in the fields of Pennsylvania, and the Twin Towers fell, 1st one and then the other — a site like nothing I have ever seen. The fact it was really happening and not a movie was stunning. A day we shall never forget.
That day and since we have seen the worst in people and the best. We have seen acts of terrorism and amazing bravery, good and bad, and stunning violence. It does amaze me what people can do to one another. Yet on the flip side, it also pleases me greatly when we can reach out and help one another.
Heroes were born that morning. I was amazed by the work of the fire fighters, paramedics, EMTs, police officers, doctors, nurses, military personnel, and everyone who helped during the aftermath of this tragedy. I thank those today who are continuing this amazing work. The fact that you go in when called and desperately needed is amazing.
This photo is of the Twin Towers circa 1986. I was in New York City for a high school chorus trip. We went to a Broadway show, to Central Park, a few other sites, and competed in a competition in New Jersey. I happened to snap this photo and am so glad that I did. This was my second trip to NYC. The first was taken in 8th grade, also on a chorus trip. That time we went to Macy’s and the United Nations building. I hope to go back one day.
Since 9/11, I have noticed in photos, news reports, movies and TV shows filmed before 2001, the Twin Towers are there standing high above the city. It was quite a stark contrast to see the NYC skyline post 9/11.
Today I want to pray for all of the families and friends who were directly impacted by this day 13 years ago. My heart goes out to the people who said goodbye to their loved ones that morning, not realizing they’d never see them again.
May we remember to be kind and loving to one another and not take our life or loved ones for granted. And may we never forget.