As I pondered what to blog today, I almost thought about not writing anything, feeling wary to “promote” myself or my writing on such a day of remembering 9/11. My husband and I watched the live coverage of the reading of the names at the 9/11 memorial in NY and in Shanksville, PA and at the Pentagon, on Fox news this morning.
I did not lose anyone on that horrible day, but as a nation, we all grieved and lost loved ones that day and lost our sense of safety. I still remember where I was that day on 9/11. I was at work, busy and minding my own business, trying to get started at my day. I remember my boss peeked into my office and I could hear the disbelief in her voice as she told me about the first plane hitting the tower. The news spread around the office and we all seemed to pause in horror and made our way up to the conference room to watch this unbelievable scene on the TV.
Even to this day, I remember thinking how could this happen here? We’re America…things like this do not happen HERE! After watching the news for a while, one by one we made the silent trek back to our offices and tried to get back into work. My friend lives in NY and I remember emailing my sister that morning to find out if she’d heard from her, our mutual friend, and she said she tried to call but could not reach her. It seems like so many people were trying to reach loved ones after hearing the news that people couldn’t get through. My sister eventually was able to reach our friend and found out that she was fine.
I still can’t believe that it’s been nine years since 9/11. I can’t even imagine the pain of the families who have lost loved ones that horrible day…a day when people went to work, not even thinking anything like this could happen. Our country rallied that day and people stood together, not caring what color of skin we had or what religious belief we held, but we all stood as Americans and made a statement to the world. Most of the world stood with us that day. I remember seeing all the images on the news of people lighting candles and standing together in prayer vigils and searching for a way to get through this devastation. People looked back to God and to hope and faith.
The ensuing war on terror and the way our Government had to implement the Patriot Act and find a way to keep us safe has taken a toll on our nation. Regardless of your political views, I have to say that I am thankful to the former President Bush and how he stood strong that day and the following days and weeks and years and helped to keep our country safe from another attack. I pray for God’s protection on our country to keep us safe today and in the future.
I am so glad that they are building again at the site of the Twin Towers and will have a memorial site and a tribute to the heroes that day and to the heroes that have given their lives in serving for our freedom.
I hope we, as a country, will never forget that day, 9/11 and will move forward embracing and fighting for our freedom and keeping our eyes on faith and hope in God.