The details of this day are fuzzy now.
I was at work and I know my husband – then fiancé – dropped off my sister, nephew, and I. We were living with my sister and nephew at the time.
We can listen to radios at my job and I remember someone saying that a plane flew into one of the World Trade Center buildings. I want to say the person was listening to Howard Stern and he was talking about it.
Anyway, I turned on my little TV – totally against the rules at work, but convenient for listening to TV channels before the whole digital TV thing recently – and saw the horror that was 9/11.
I remember people gathering at people’s desks watching mini tv’s in awe. We were talking throughout the section giving updates.
“OMG, another plane hit the other tower!”
“The first tower collapsed!!!”
“The second tower collapsed!!!”
“What is going on?”
During this time my husband called or texted or something and said he was coming to get me. He was really freaked out and frantic.
I don’t know what time it was, but my job let us go home. My job NEVER closes so we knew it was serious!!!
I think they said something like go home and spend the time with your families.
The parking lot was a madhouse and everyone was rushing to leave. I remember not being able to find my sister and getting my nephew from daycare.
It was all kind of a blur and surreal.
Once we got home, we were glued to the TV. The footage was non-stop!
We learned of the terrorists, the people jumping from the building (how horrible), the crashes of the other planes, and of just how many people perished in the towers.
I remember seeing the planes fly into the buildings over and over again. I remember seeing the towers fall again and again. Whatever channel you watched, there was footage about the attacks on.
I remember my sister having nightmares that night about terrorists.
I didn’t feel totally safe anymore.
Things will never be the same as they were before that day. We have been at war for 10 years.
Thousands of military have lost their lives. We got the bad guy, but still the war on terrorism goes on.
Today we remember those who lost their lives in the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Gone but never forgotten.