The 11th anniversary of 9/11. Hard to believe 11 years ago today an entire nation came together and watched chaos ensue. I know everyone has their own story to share. Growing up all I ever heard from my parents is the story of where they were when Kennedy was shot. And now every year on 9/11 my children get to hear our story of where we were and what we were doing this day.
I was 2 months pregnant with my middle daughter. My oldest was 2 years old. My husband was at work. We were just getting up and starting our day. I sat down at my computer and all of a sudden all of these messages were popping up about what was happening in NY.
I began watching things unfold in horror. I couldn’t imagine anyone would do this. Who would get into a plane and fly it into a building? That’s suicide. But there turned out to be two plans, then three, and then it was 4. All suicide missions. It was pure insanity.
Of course we will all automatically think of 9/11 and the twin towers. That had the largest impact on the nation. The most lost lives. The biggest devastation that day. But I will never forget that it was 4 planes. There were several targets. Probably more than we’ll ever know. And the world was forever changed. Life as we knew it was just greatly impacted by this chain of events.
I remember all of the what ifs I played. What if my husband worked in NY? What if my Aunt still worked in the city? Did she ever work at the twin towers? I can’t remember. My baby growing inside of me, why am I bringing a baby into this crazy world. What about my oldest daughter, will she only know a life of war?
So many worries. So many people to feel sorry for. So many unsung heroes of that day. And for so long there was this solidarity amongst people.
Now 11 years later I think we will all come together and remember our memories from today. We will teach our children about the hate that some people harbor in themselves over things which they do not understand. We are not as united as we were this day 11 years ago, but we will remember. We will never forget. And we will tell our stories.
Where were you September 11, 2001 when 4 planes were hijacked and an entire nation was forever changed?