The irony of 9/11 happening on a date that corresponds with a call for emergency help has not escaped anyone of us. Nothing in our collective experience could match the pain, panic and horror of that day. I will be visiting the new memorial in October, so I am preparing my mind to take it all in.
But as I started to write about my view of what I remember… how that day felt to me, how I was gripped watching firemen, police and building officials running into the building to rescue people knowing they would probably not survive, how my job as the Marketing Director for a high-end eco-travel tour operation turned into an immediate nightmare as the trip cancellations started pouring in that morning (and launched the descent of that company and the essential demise of the the entire industry), how all I wanted to do was gather my child and my loved ones and hide, how we worried about our cousin who worked in one of the towers (but was traveling that day), how I questioned our stability as a nation and sense of security, how I questioned God’s watch over us… I began to feel presumptuous in writing at all.
The more I look at images from that day, revisit the video and news footage, watch specials on the ten year anniversary we will experience this weekend… the more I know I am unworthy to speak to this when my view is nothing compared to those who were there and barely survived or lost businesses, and those who lost loved ones, friends and co-workers.
But I also realize that everyone of us has a story to tell, because it effected all caring people in America and around the world on a soul level. And the impact of what happened on 9/11 has had far-reaching and long-lasting ramifications. Here are thoughts from Elise, whose husband had to serve in active military duty in the Middle East as a direct result of the attack.
“Remembering what happened on 9/11, I think of…
• where I was sitting when it happened and how I will never forget that moment
• how something so tragic could happen to such a power house like America? I am reminded that no one is invincible
• how hard it still is for the people who lost loved one even ten years later
• how I can’t believe it has been ten years
• how amazing it was to see people of all sorts to clean up the aftermath and gather together to rebuild such a tragedy
• how there was hope in the midst of such great tragedy
• how there are good people in the world who will selflessly do things for others expecting nothing in return, especially remembering the fallen heros who risked their lives to save others
• that we don’t know what tomorrow holds, so we cling tightly to our faith.”
Where were you? How did you feel? You have a story, too. Please feel free to share your memories, personal experiences and feelings about 9/11. We would love to hear from you.