I asked the great folks in my group, A Second Helping of Wellness… with a Dash of Humor & a Pinch of Faith, if they would be willing to share some of their thoughts about September 11, 2001. Here are their responses:
I remember being scared, sad ,and confused. All I wanted to do was find out more information about what happened. It was surreal, and I took a long time to really come to terms with it. We visited NYC the following October and the mood was so somber . There was a complete sense of loss. I hope and pray that nothing like that happens to us again.
I remember watching the TV and being so scared because it was not known how many more planes were involved and where the planes were headed. It was surreal and I know that all the military bases were on high alert.
I was driving when the news came on the car radio stating that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center ~ My first thought was terrorists ~ I went home and put the news on t.v. and witnessed the second plane crash into the second Tower ~ I called Jim who was visiting his mother’s grave and told him to get home asap ~ We watched on TV as the horror unfolded ~ The Towers crashing down ~ People dying, bleeding, etc. ~ The rest of the day was spent crying, not knowing. . .I lost two cousins and some former co-workers.
I was in Tucson, Arizona at the time attending school. I woke up and turned on the TV to watch the news as I got ready for school. I thought I was watching a movie as both of the twin towers where begin showed. Later on there was a bomb threat at the school I was attending. We cleared the building while the police and their dogs searched. In the meantime my class was sitting in the parking lot taking a test.
And Lucinda reminds us of the Todd Beamer story. Disclaimer: grab a box of Kleenex.
And the beautiful song by DC Talk.
WE WILL NEVER FORGET!!!
Americans are resilient in the face of tragedy. We mourn to be sure, but then we take the worst situations and replace them with symbols of hope for the future. We need to honor those we lost by finding a way to move ahead. On November 3, 2014, One World Trade Center, also known as The Freedom Tower, opened!
It’s no coincidence that the building stands at 1,776 feet. It is a deliberate reference to the year the U.S. Declaration of Independence was signed. May we look at this building and remember, but also gain strength and hope for the future. Let’s pray for the future of America.
May God bless the U.S.A. 🙂