What’s Left?Sep 13th, 2012 | By admin | Category: Opinion
As I sit here and write this column, it is Monday night, September 10th, 2012. I am remembering back to Sept. 11, 2001. That Tuesday morning, as I was getting ready to go to work, my mother alerted me that something was happening on television. I began watching with horror as I saw the replay of the first airliner hit the first tower of the World Trade Center in New York. As I was hoping that it was just a terrible mistake, the second airliner hit the second tower. It was chaos - as I’m sure you remember. That whole day and for days to come the events are cemented in my head. The loss of lives, the horrible destruction in the middle of New York City and the Pentagon and in a field in Pennsylvania where one of the airliners crashed rather than hit its target. And the grounding of all air traffic for several days. It was so strange to walk outside and see no airplanes passing overhead. I can’t even imagine the heartbreak of those families who lost loved ones on that horrific day. It was the first act of terrorism of this magnitude on U.S. soil - and hopefully the last. It was a terrible time to live through. As I sat in front of the television, knowing that I had to get a newspaper out the next day, I took notes all day long so that I could write a story about the whole catastrophe.
When I think back about all the events of that day, I wonder, as you may, too - what I would have done had I been in one of the towers or on Flight 93. I do believe if those people on Flight 93 thought they were going to die anyway - there would have been a larger uprising but at that time, when a jet was highjacked, there was usually no one injured. But, as word got out about the other airliners crashing into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, those brave heroes on Flight 93 knew they had no choice. I focus on things like that. When that moment comes - and you have to act. It is an awesome thing to think about those brave men on that flight and all the brave people that lost their lives trying to save others at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. You know that many of them knew they would probably not come out of it alive.
For so long - we all said - “We will not forget.” And I think - if you lived through it - how could you ever forget? When you start to think that America has seen her best days - just remember how we all came together after that tragedy and know that America will continue to be the place on this planet where everyone wishes they lived. I will remember and I know you will, too.
Remember that feeling you had after 9/11 - that feeling of all of us sticking together. It may come in handy this election day.
Go to your happy place.
See you next week!