September 11, 2001
Let Us Not Forget
Let Us Not Forget
Remembering Sept 11, 2001. Thought and Prayers go out to those who lost so much. The memories are as vivid today as it was that day watching the smoke rising through the sky, with the whole City shutting down.
At 8:45 am as I was just getting into work I heard on the Radio that a report of a plane flying into the World Trade Center - Building 1. Being not to far from JFK Airport - we all thought it was a plane about to land, but off course. We immediately put on the television, watching the flames coming out of Building 1; at 9:02 am, we suddenly saw another plane flying just past the Towers and quickly turn and headed directly into Building #2 of the World Trade Center. I remember that we just all stood in shock realizing this was more than a plane off course, soon to cause each building turn into a rubble of melted steel, with bodies lying among the ash. This was a direct hit intended to destroy the Financial Buildings of not only NY, but a statement to the World.
Suddenly the word "Terrorists" became a word that was to become a part of our everyday vernacular. Currently working in the Financial Trade Business at that time, we were quite effected as so many from the Stock Market were in those Building. Unfortunately, we new many lost that day. Each year as they read the over 3,000+ names of those lost, it still gives me such a sense of loss. In fact, they just read the name of a friend's husband, whose remains have still not been found.
Everything in NY shut down - all offices, school, local business closed down. After spending time with my children who were so confused as to what just took place and what it would mean to their lives and future. I went with a friend to the harbor, sitting on top of the rocks (one of my favorite places) we sat frozen in time as we watched the smoke rising through the skies from Manhattan. It is another memory that will always stay with me, as we just sat in silence; for no words could comprehend what we were witnessing.
So I ask that today be a day of reflection not just of September 11, 2011 and the many lives lost; but a reflection of how our World as knew it then, has changed into the World of so many lives lost since then fighting for our Freedom.