Will you ever forget where you were on 9/11/2001?
Early in the morning, on September 11, 2011, Al Qaeda terrorists boarded four different passenger planes with the purpose of carrying out coordinated suicide attacks against the United States, primarily at the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and another target we can only guess might have been in Washington, D.C. Three of the hijacked planes were successful in crashing into their targets, killing everyone on board the planes and nearly 3000 people on the ground. The fourth plane crashed into a Pennsylvania field after passengers and crew realized what was happening and tried to regain control of the cockpit. Everyone on the fourth plane was killed.
Do you remember where you were when you first heard that our country had been attacked by terrorists? Maybe you were like me… when I first saw it on television, it didn’t seem real…
I was a teller at a local bank. One of the financial officers came into the lobby and asked if anyone had heard the news about a plane crashing into the North Tower at the World Trade Center. No one had…
He went into the break room and brought out our 19″ portable television, plugged it in and turned it on. He didn’t need to look for it – all the stations were tuned to the crash. But at that time no one had any idea that it was a terrorist attack. We had only watched it for several minutes when we saw – we actually witnessed – the second plane crashing into the South Tower.
The first crash occurred at 8:46 am; the second crashed was at 9:03 am (EDT). When the second plane crashed everyone around me began voicing their concerns of a terrorist attack. But the horror we all felt when the towers imploded (collapsed) was indescribable.
The television was left on the entire day and everyone who came into the bank stayed to watch awhile. My son had just joined the Army; he was told to call home and reassure his family that he would be fine and he would not be sent anywhere until his basic training was completed. I stayed at work until the bank closed for the day, then headed home – but it was a day I will never, ever forget.
I don’t think enough Americans appreciate this great country, and the many, many citizens who have given their lives for it, and it saddens me. We ought to never forget all the policeman, firefighters, military personnel and individuals who work hard to keep our country free.