Thursday, September 11, 2008
Where were you on September 11?
Today marks the seventh anniversary of that terrible day in 2001 when terrorists flew two planes into the World Trade Center resulting in its collapse, another plane into the Pentagon and a fourth into a field in Pennsylvania. Many say that was the day everything changed for America. Most of us remember what we were doing when we heard the news. I was living in Pacific Grove, California at the time and didn't have to be at work until noon. It was late morning, and I had just turned the television on and saw footage of one of the planes hitting the World Trade Center. I wasn't sure what it was, but I instinctively knew something was very wrong. My son was in the other room and I said, "Something's happening. Turn on your TV." I couldn't believe what I was seeing and hearing. As I headed to work, I noticed how quiet everything seemed. No one was around. It reminded me of right after the 1989 earthquake. All was eerily quiet. When I arrived at work someone had turned on a television, and it was all we could talk about. And yet we didn't really understand it. As the days unfolded after that tragic day, we would find out about Al Quada, about Afghanistan, Osama Bin Laden, radical Islam -- subjects few Americans knew much about. We would try to make sense of what happened. Can we ever make sense of an event like that? Share your stories of September 11, 2001. And read more about it so we can try to understand and never forget.
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