Sunday, September 11, 2011

Remembering, Ten Years later

I was a freshman in college.  It was my eighteenth day living on campus, and although my first class did not begin until 11AM, I woke up early.  It wasn't something that happened often.

Being of the AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) era, I learned of the attacks via a friend's away message.  I don't remember my initial thought; I do remember terrorism was not it.  It wasn't until turning on CNN that I realized the severity of what happened.

Classes were cancelled.  My RA stopped in to ask if I was okay.  When I said yes, he asked me not to use my cell unless it was an emergency.

As an American originally from the state of NY - an American with relatives on both sides of my family living and working in Manhattan - I'm fortunate nobody I know was involved in the attacks.  But, living nearby has allowed me to meet people who were directly involved: people who saw the planes hit, people who lost jobs, people who lost loved ones.  Their recollection of that day is far different from mine.

A decade has passed, but America continues to grieve.  Many still live in fear.  Many continue feeling empty.

I watched a portion of the live coverage airing the 10th Anniversary memorial ceremony.  A woman who lost her brother said there is still no closure and still no answers.  A girl who lost her father said ten is just a number and he would always be remembered.  A man stated the names of those lost are now etched in stone, but are forever etched in our hearts.  Every name is engraved.  Every name was read.

The events of 9/11 affected us differently.  But we all remember together.

4 comments:

  1. I was at work, watching it unfold from the very beginning. I'll never forget that day.

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  2. Thanks for sharing, Paul. My recollection of the day is on my blog. I didn't watch any of the coverage this year. It's very difficult for my husband to watch, and he doesn't like to talk about it, but we spent the day together, enjoying the fact that we could.

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  3. Looking forward to your picks for the blogfest on Monday!

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  4. Well said, Paul. 9/11 seemed to mark the beginning of a lost decade for America. For my part, I was at work, and a Korean contractor gave me the news. I remember telling him a small plane once hit the Empire State Building, and maybe this was similar. Then we both heard about the second plane.

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