The date September 11 has forever changed in the mind of the people of this nation. Even though 6 yrs have passed it seemed just like yesterday. People remember exactly where they were and what they were doing. But life has gone on even for those directly affected.
My niece worked across the street from the twin towers. She was going into her building when she heard an unusual noise. She looked up and saw the first plane hit. She ran inside to get the attention of those she worked with. She told them they had to leave and a plane flew right into the World Trade Center. When the second plane hit she knew she had to leave the city. She walked across the Brooklyn Bridge with hundreds of people. It was on the bridge when she turned around and saw a sight she will never forget. The first tower crumbled to the ground. For a good part of the day we didn’t know where she was or what had happened to her. It wasn’t until that afternoon that we knew she was safe.
Tom’s childhood friend always wanted to be a fireman. Tim had gotten hurt very badly in a fire and could have retired. Instead he fought the odds and came back to work doing the job he loved. That faithful day he was off duty, but he like many other servicemen and women went to see what they could do to help. He was in the second tower when it came down.
Thousands of people lost their lives this day six years ago. Today we remember a time when our nation was attacked. Tragedies like this either pull us together or tear us apart. This pulled our nation together. New Yorkers and people from Washington DC pulled together to heal their cities. The people on United 93 are remembered forever for their bravery. Those who sacrificed their lives trying to save others are honored for their selflessness.
Today I say a pray for all those family members left behind and relive this day in history with sorrow. May they find peace.
© Nadine Z. 2007