Thursday, September 11, 2008
How do you properly convey in words what happened seven years ago today? How many words can you use to express your feelings over what you felt that morning of September 11, 2001? Shock, horror, terror, sadness, grief. And yet none of those words seem to encompass what the true feelings of the day were. I am sure every single one of us remember where exactly we were when we heard the news. I was driving to work. And I remember thinking how sad that a plane crashed into the first tower of the World Trade Center. At the moment it was just the one plane and, of course, it was thought to be an accident. Then the second plane crashed and I remember the shock as I got out of my car and went rushing through the warehouse to get to my desk so I could turn the radio on, telling people as I went what was going on. All day we listened to that radio at work, all night I numbly watched the reports over and over again on the news reports. I watched and I cried. I had to physically force myself to turn the television off so I would quit watching the horror unfold in front of me. For the following six years this day has never been easy to remember. It instantly takes you back to that moment and you think about it all over again.
After a touching tribute on the radio today, someone called the station and said while it was horrific what happened, do we really need to relive this situation every year? I think the answer is yes. Over 2,000 innocent people died that day in our country. Citizens of this country, visitors, people going to work, people working to save those that were injured and trapped. We need to remember. We need to remember that something this terrifying can happen again. We need to remember the days immediately following the act where you embraced the people in your life. Because it shouldn't take such a senseless act of terrorism to make you honor the people you have in your life and tell them you love them.
There are really no words to offer for today that haven't been said a million times by hundreds of people that can put it more eloquently than me. Just take a moment to remember and pay respect to those that lost their lives.