Sunday, September 11, 2011

10 Years Later

For days I have tried to sit down and write something profound to commemorate the 10th anniversary of September 11th. For days, those words were not coming. So, while my son napped, I sat in my parents recliner and watched the continuous news coverage. I listened to the names ofnthosenwho passed, I sawntheir names on the memorials. I watched the images and videos of that day flash across the screen. Tears filled my eyes and I remembered it like it was yesterday. I again sat down to try and write, but the words still eluded me. I didn't understand why until I realized that it was a year ago today that I sat and wrote my very first blog post. It was the first time I bared my soul for all the world to see. It was a piece in remembrance of September 11, 2001. It was one of the best pieces I have written. I realized I couldn't write another piece that would express my feelings and emotions better than that one and I'd like to share that one with you.

"Do you remember where you were, what you were doing the day the world stood still? I do, as if it were yesterday. I was meeting a co-worker at a customer meeting in Princeton, NJ. we sat down with e customer and began discussing their account activity, pricing, inventory and changes we could make so that their records management program would run at it's highest efficiency. We were just starting to look over the statistical data, when the receptionist burst into the conference room, tears streaming down her face. She screamed that the Towers had been hit by 2 planes. My stomach dropped, the faces around the room turned stark white. One of the lawyers turned on the news. We all watched in horror as people, who were probably gathering together in meetings just as we were, were now running or jumping for their lives. They were covered in ash, their tears making a clean line down their faces. Strangers embraced. You could see the fear and terror in their eyes. Many were on cell phones making every attempt to contact loved ones watching at home, and let them know they were okay, or just to sway I love you and be grateful that they still could. Rescue crews rushed to help the wounded and the trapped with no regard for their health or safety. America stood still. Never had Americans been concerned for a terrorist attack on our own land, so close to home. And now that it had, a silence fell as we tried to comprehend that the world we had known was ripped away without any warning. The very freedoms we enjoy as Americans had been destroyed. Our world and landscape had changed forever."

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