Friday, September 10, 2010
It's 9 years later and I remember it like it was yesterday...
I woke up for work like I did every other day and checked my pager and found that there was a message about a plane crashing into the World Trade Center in NYC. I turned on the news and started watching the broadcasts and was shocked by what I saw.
I heard mention that it was a terrorist attack and that there was concern over how many other flights may have been hijacked. I was watching the live news broadcast when I saw the 2nd plane hit the other World Trade Center building. The thought that I just watched several hundred people's lives vanish in a fireball left me speechless. I absolutely couldn't believe what I had just witnessed.
I kept hearing concerns about other planes and that all flights were being grounded and told to land immediately. I called work and asked if I still needed to come in as many businesses were encouraged to close. Working in the bank heavy downtown Wilmington was a concern as a possible alternate target. I was told that it was business as usual for now so I headed in.
As soon as I had made the 20 or so minute drive and got to my desk, my wife paged me and told me that work had called back and that the call center was closed so I headed out and went back home.
I remember getting home and I was still glued to the news broadcasts and in much of the footage I could see people deciding that it was just too much and jumping out the windows of these 2 huge skyscrapers. Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse, I couldn't believe that people had to make a choice to either burn or jump. I couldn't imagine what it must have been like to be in that position to have to make such a choice.
I heard about the attack on the Pentagon and saw the videos and again couldn't believe what was happening. I couldn't understand why this was happening, how many more innocent people were going to have to die before it was over?
I watched the 2 towers collapse and again I was taken to a new low. The thousands of men, women, and children... YES CHILDREN!! that just lost their lives for no reason floored me. The emergency responders that had given their lives to try and save others against insurmountable odds. I was unsure of what would or could happen next.
I heard about the plane that crashed in the PA field and wondered where it was that the plane was headed for and who its intended target was.
I just sat there stunned all day glued to the tv for any information that was available and couldn't believe what had happened.
I've watched shows on 9/11 every year since then and I still can't believe what happened. My parents stop in at the memorial in Shanksville, PA when they come out here to visit. The first year my dad said there wasn't much, now it's grown to a fairly large memorial site. I hope to make it there some day and I'd like to make it to NYC to see the site where all this happened.
There were a lot of lives lost that day and there were a lot of them that were saved by either emergency responders, co-workers or complete strangers. I didn't lose anyone in the disaster, but my heart goes out to anyone that did lose a loved one that day. I hope that I don't see another event like that in my life time and I hope that my daughter doesn't either.