I can’t believe it’s been ten years since that day. It still feels like yesterday.
I was a senior in high school and I had just arrived at my second period class. Our school had a tv station so we always watched our morning announcements on tv at the beginning of second period. The tv was on our channel and a clip was showing of the first tower smoking. My teacher wasn’t sure exactly what was going on, but we all soon figured it out. Then we saw the second plane hit while we were watching and everyone was in shock.
For most of that day we just watched tv. I remember going from class to class but we just did the same thing – watched the news coverage.
In the days and weeks following, I remember seeing American flags flying everywhere. It was such an amazing feeling to know that, even though the actual event was horrific, the entire country unified and became stronger because of it.
Since that day in 2001 I have traveled to New York City twice. Visiting the place where the twin towers once stood is always on my “must do” list. While walking the nearby streets I can’t help but think of the thousands of people affected that day. I look at the sidewalk and think about the dust that covered it, and all of the feet that ran down it that day.
My first visit was in the summer of 2002, so only about ten months after it happened. I apologize for the quality of these photos, as I didn’t have a digital camera back then. But I still want to share them.
My second trip to New York City was just last October.
We went across the street to look through an opening but were quickly told to get back, I’m not sure why. But since it was dark we weren’t really able to see anything anyway.
During today’s news coverage I saw the memorial’s pools for the first time and I think they are absolutely beautiful. I can’t wait to see the entire memorial when it’s finished and hopefully take another trip to NYC to see it in person.
My thoughts today are with everyone who lost friends and/or loved ones on 9/11, and also all of the heros of that day and all the days since then. It is because of you that this country is so strong and free. Thank you.