When the attacks on the world trade center happened, I was in third grade. We were all sitting in a dead end hallway watching a video about The Challenger (which was a shuttle that exploded 73 seconds into the mission). The teacher’s in the area began whispering to each other with fearful tones. From the alarming faces and sudden change of mannerisms, it was clear to us students that something wasn’t quite right. Soon after the tragedy struck we were informed that the school was being evacuated. Parents began arriving in a panic, and older siblings swarmed the school in search of their younger brothers or sisters. We didn’t really know what was going on, but everything happened so fast with a sense of urgency. I remember saying “I don’t understand why we’re getting out early just because a bomb went off in New York!?” I guess it’s a good thing I didn’t understand right at that moment, because I probably would have panicked beyond belief.
It wasn’t until a few days (or maybe even weeks) later that the tragedy of September 11, 2001 made sense in my mind. I didn’t understand how substantial this terrible day would be in American history. Now that I’m older, and years have passed, I find a lot more meaning in the events that transpired that day.
Nearly 3,000 lives were taken form the September 11th attacks. Our thoughts and prayers continuously go out to those who lost their lives, and the people who knew them. As well as sorrow, there is also great appreciation for the fireman and emergency personnel who risked their lives to save fellow Americans. God bless America.
“For the husband who told his wife I love you one last time before his plane went down in a field ♥ For the wife who stopped in the stairs to call her husband to say I will love you forever ♥ For the mothers and fathers who kissed their kids goodbye the morning they died ♥ For the policemen who rushed in with the firemen to help get others out only to die themselves ♥ For the soldiers who fought back and lost their lives. ♥ Today, tomorrow, and ten years from now, WE WILL REMEMBER.”