It’s hard to believe that 10 years ago, I sat in my office in WPB, FL watching the World trade Center crumble before me on every news channel. Truth be told, I was so hung over that morning. We had been out at my now brother-in-law’s camp site all night while he was gator hunting. It took everything I had to drag myself to work in such poor condition. I didn’t have the radio on in the car and never even heard the events start to unfold. I walked into the office right before the second tower was hit.
I was reading a fax confirming our VP’s flight to NY, to attend a conference at the World Trade Center – I assumed it was for that day – I didn’t make the connection. Everyone started to pile into the conference room and watch the horrifying events unfold. Suddenly, someone asked where our boss was. My stomach dropped as I remembered the fax confirmation. Minutes later he called asking me to cancel his conference (scheduled for the following day) he heard there had been an accident at WTC. Little did he realize we all thought he was in the middle of this disaster!
Where were you that day? What went through your mind? What are you doing to memorialize 9/11?
So many lives lost, fear was instilled in our lives. It will be a day never forgotten by those that were around to see the events unfold.
The towers were “born” around the same time I was, they were part of my childhood. I took several field trips to them during summer camp. I have pictures of my grandma and I standing across the river from them, while an ice cream cone dripped down my hand. Just like the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty the towers were landmarks of my childhood memories.
Today their absence is a reminder of hate and sorrow. The hole they left in the ground symbolic of the holes that have been left in so many hearts.
Today is a day to remember and honor. Never forget those that suffered in New York, DC, Pennsylvania, and the heartache that was felt by people world-wide.