Today is a national day of remembrance for anyone in the United States. Nine years ago on this day, a terrorist attack rocked the very heart of our country. Planes flew by these terrorists destroyed the Twin Towers in New York City and hit our Pentagon and destroyed part of it. Many lives were lost on United Flight 93 when some of the hijacked passengers decided that they were not going to go down without a fight. Many firefighters lives were lost due to these terrorists while doing what they were trained to do. Hundreds of lives were lost that day as our world stopped turning.
I remember being at work and thinking that I heard something about a plane crash, but wasn’t sure as I couldn’t hear the radio very well. Finally, after asking the next employee to come in if they had heard anything, I decided to increase the volume so that I could catch more of the news. Suddenly, I heard a report that said a plane had hit the Pentagon. Immediately, I knew that this was more than a plane crash. I knew a plane should not be flying over the Pentagon. I am not sure as to what I heard next, but I remember hearing those ominous words “our nation is under attack” and survival mode kicked in.
I immediately called a meeting with my employees and talked with them as to what I believed was happening and how we would handle our day as we would hear many people talk about it that day. I also went home to get my cell phone in case our phone lines were to go out. While I was home, I checked my television and was saddened by the news reports that I was hearing and seeing. Suddenly, I saw one of the worst sights of that day, the first tower collapsed! What! This can’t be happening was my thought as I just broke down into tears. I cried all the way back to work and immediately told the employees what I had witnessed. I allowed anyone to make calls to family that wanted too. I immediately called my kids (luckily, they were with my mother-in-law and not in school as they both were feeling bad the night before). I knew they were in a fairly safe location and I was not worried about them. I also called my husband , as he was the town manager over streets, parks, and water, he already knew and was extremely busy as we did not know if there were attacks coming on our basic human needs. I just kept questioning how this could happen in a country like ours.? How did someone not know this was going to happen? How many planes did they have? How could someone be cold enough to do such a thing to so many innocent people? How would NY survive? How many lives were lost in NY? So many questions with no answers. As the day progressed, we learned more and more about the terrorist who had caused this tragic day.
As we were approaching the anniversary this year, I was thinking that I could not imagine someone attempting the same kind of attack, but would it be possible that they would try another attack? No one truly knows as the mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks is still running free somewhere overseas and there are many more people out there just like him. I have been reading about the minister that was going to hold a Koran burning in Florida today. I understand why he was doing what he was doing, but would it help? No, it was only going to put more of a threat on our troops so I could not support this activity. I also seen reports of American flags burnings held in other countries and thought that is not helping the problem either. This country was built on the foundation of God being in control and He is still in control ,although we try to take Him out of so many things. God will be the one to punish these people for what they have done. We must believe that are remember to pray for others even if we do not agree with them.
However, as this day was approaching, I took it upon myself to teach a lesson about this historical day in our home school as my children were both old enough to remember the photos and news reports that they heard about the day as it was happening. We talked about the difference in religions and beliefs and how the terrorists were trained to do what they done in order to be important in their religion. We also talked about how a nation under attack managed to pull together and show a lot of patriotism in a time that it was needed most.
On Thursday, we took an unrelated field trip to look at the limestone in southern Indiana and learn a little more about astronaut Virgil “Gus” Grissom. We went to a limestone museum in Bedford,Indiana and while studying how the Pentagon was designed and built with Indiana limestone, we began to discuss the tragic day that tore the Pentagon apart. While reading about the building of the Pentagon, we were shocked by reading that it was completed Sept. 11, 1941. I must say that I felt cold chills as I read that. Was there some relevance to that and the day that these terrorists attacked our country? We will never know. However, it did hold relevance in our eyes that this important US building was built and sunk on the same day in history exactly 60 years apart. Thankfully, many people helped to rebuild this building and it was reconstructed by Sept.11,2002.
As you are going about your daily activities today, please take a moment to remember the people who lost their lives 9 years ago and think about the fact that we are never safe in our country while there are people all over the world that are so against us and our country. I woke to a rainy morning with a little thunder, both of which we haven’t had in more than 8 weeks, and I felt that it was appropriate for the morning. The tears from Heaven are falling for the fallen people of that horrible day in US history. The thunder could represent our roar back from such tragedy. May God Bless and Protect each of us today! September 11 ,2001 a day that changed our lives forever whether we were directly effected or not. Remember!!!