You always remember where you were for certain moments in life. What you were doing at the time you learned about an event that either made you happy, shocked you, horrified you, or changed you and your life in a way that you can’t often explain.
I remember where I was when I learned about the attacks on September 11, 2001.
As I was getting ready for work that morning, my landlord knocked on my door. I don’t think I’ll ever forget her face as I opened the door and she asked me if I was watching the morning news. At the time, I didn’t have cable so after I told her no, she told me to go to my parents house and turn it on.
Of course, I was confused, but even when I pressed her about what was going on, she wouldn’t tell me anything. She just kept repeating that I needed to go to my parents.
Uh, can you say alarming?
I have to admit that when I first turned on the news, I didn’t really know what was I was watching. The seriousness hadn’t really sunk in, or perhaps, the events were so horrific that my mind wasn’t wrapping fully around them on purpose—you know, that deep sense of shock that just sort of numbs you for awhile.
I remember watching the news for about an hour before I finally peeled myself from the couch and went into work. Of course, not one station on the radio was playing music. Everyone was talking about what had happened, what was happening now, and they were even interviewing people that had made it out of the twin towers safely.
I couldn’t imagine living through something like that and then being able to even put two words together afterwards. I balled as I listened to the stories about people jumping to their deaths and about people in wheelchairs just sitting in the hallways unable to leave and save themselves.
September 11, 2001, a day when so many innocent were taken and so many suffered. And yet, a day when this country banded together once again. So much has happened since then, and it’s sad to think we aren’t are united as we once were. We need to change that.
In honor of today, September 11, 2016 and the 15th anniversary, to the ones who lost their lives, to the ones who lost loved ones, to the first aid responders who sacrificed to help, and to the service men and women who still fight today….we still remember, we will always remember.