Did you notice people wearing red, white and blue today? If you hadn’t figured it out, that probably reminded you that today marks the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. It has been a few years and it is important to remember all that happened on that tragic day. There were stories of pain and loss and stories of great courage and sacrifice. A few of us in the office talked about where we were and what we were doing at the time, and we thought it would be good to share. Our hope is that you think about where you were at when the attacks began and remember all of those that either lost their lives or displayed great courage as our country dealt with tragedy.
As far as courage, there is a great story about how construction manager Frank De Martini and construction inspector Pablo Ortiz saved 77 people on the tower’s 88th floor and inspired others to do the same. There is a special on TLC called “9/11, Heroes of the 88th Floor” that would be great to see.
Here are some of the stories from our staff:
All of Caitlin’s classes in Middle School were canceled for the day. The school had everyone report to the auditorium to watch what was happening. Then, they set up TVs in lots of places in the school. Caitlin ended up spending a lot of time in the library watching what was happening on the news.
Amy had taken the day off and was ironing clothes when the Today Show began covering what was happening. It was an emotional day for Amy because she had taken the day off to go with her mother-in-law for her surgery that was scheduled for later that day.
David was in the dorms at Emporia State University when he saw the towers with smoke billowing out of them on the news. He and his roommate Zack spent the morning watching the TV as events unfolded.
Chris was living and working in Maui, Hawaii. He remembers his fiance knocking on the door, and due to the time difference waking him up, to ask if he had heard what was happening in New York.
Trent was reporting to his first day of basic training in Fort Benning, Georgia. They didn’t know many details about what was happening because they were deep into training with little contact with the outside world. The full extent of what was happening wasn’t clear for a few days until their drill sergeant explained what was going on.
Josh was doing event coordination at his desk in Macon, Georgia when the news broke and he spent the rest of the day watching events unfold on a tiny TV in the corner of the office.
Jason was in Colorado getting ready to go on the Cog Railway up Pike’s Peak with his family. He went to start the car and realized the radio had nothing but news on every channel. His family ended up spending hours in front of a TV in their lodge. Later that afternoon, they still went on the Cog Railway tour, but it was a quiet and somber environment. Not much talking going on as everyone was thinking about the attacks on our country and how devastating the news was.
For more detailed information about the events of 9/11, you could start with this article on About.com.