Posts Tagged 9/11
There are many stories floating around about 9/11/01, everyone is sharing where they were that day 10 years ago. But what story really matters? Yours, mine, the firefighters, the police officers?
No ones story matters more than our own. What we experienced on that day.
I was a high school senior, and was in the school library when the first plane hit. I was unaware of what was going on until I got to 3rd period (we had block scheduling) AP English. I walked into the room, in time to see the second plane hit the tower. We watched intently, in silence. Our teacher turned the tv off and looking back, I’m not sure that was the wrong decision to make. The teacher in the room next door came over and told our teacher that she needed to turn the tv back on because one ofnthe towers had just collapsed.
Our teacher reluctantly turned it back on and we watched the other tower fall in silence. As the day progressed, the school became more and more quiet. We walked to our classes, there was minimal talking in the halls and even lunch was quiet.
When the final bell rang that school day, no one ran for the doors. It was like we all wanted to stay together, because for the rest of our lives, whe we think about that day, we will remember who we experienced it with.
In the days to come we would learn that our school libraian who was on Capital Hill giving a presentation was evacuated with the Congressmen fleeing the Capital Building, our 10th grade English teacher’s brother wasn’t at his desk at the Pentagon when the plane hit and Flight 93 had flown directly over us before and after making it’s U-turn back towards the coast.
I have had many individuals in my life since who have been in the Armed Forces…each of them thankfully have come back safely. As two more of them are set to leave again soon, I pray for their safety and safe return to their friends and families.
The USS New York, carrying 7.5 tons of World Trade Center steel in her bow arrived in New York today. She stopped near Ground Zero and rendered a 21-gun salute from her deck guns. She will be commissioned into service on Saturday. Approximately 13% of her crew is from the state of New York.
Two sister ships will carry names which are also in honor of those killed on 9/11/2001. The USS Arlington (in memory of those killed in the Pentagon attack) and the USS Somerset (in honor of those killed on United 93). The Arlington is scheduled for delivery in 2009 and the commissioning in 2010. The Somerset will follow with delivery in 2010 and commissioning in 2011.
It’s been 8 years…its hard to believe what has occurred in my life and in the life of our country in that short amount of time.
Please pause today, to remember where you were, at 8:47 EST on September 11th, 2001…where were you when the second plane hit…when the first tower fell…when the second tower fell…when the Pentagon was hit…when the heroes of United Flight 93 took control of their aircraft and in doing so, saved many other lives by giving of their own.