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Remembering September 11

 


It’s hard to believe that it has been 13 years since the brutal terrorist attacks on America September 11, 2001.

I’m sure that most adults can remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when they first heard about the planes hitting the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

I remember it being an early morning and I was feeding my then, one year old daughter, after getting my son to preschool.

My phone rang and it was a friend asking me if I’d turned on the news yet that morning. Let’s just say that I was not prepared for what I saw when I switched on the television.

Plumes of smoke billowing from the twin towers in downtown New York City and first responders trying vigorously to get to those trapped inside. I left my T.V. on all day, as I am sure most Americans did that day and for many days after.

Hearing the tragic stories of those on Flight 93 sitting in a plane knowing that they were going to be part of another terrorist attack if they didn’t react soon was heartbreaking. I can’t imagine the fear that was in each of them as they decided to bring the plane down before it could take anymore American lives.

Those passengers started out their day with a rush through the airport I am sure and ended it as heroes.

Two years ago I was blessed to be able to take my family to New York City and visit the 9-11 Memorial. The feelings while standing on that sacred ground were almost palpable. You could sense the loss of so many lives. The hundreds of people visiting the site whispered as they walked and read the names of the thousands who died.

Walking through the church near the Trade Center location was an experience my family will never forget. Seeing the glass case where firefighters from all over the world had left their shoulder patches showing which fire district and city they came from was one of the most memorable sites.

Last year on Sept. 11, my cousin, who lives in Manhattan just minutes from the Trade Center site, sent me a photo of the lights shooting from ground zero into the sky. It was beautiful even on the small screen of my phone.

At the time we visited the memorials my kids were 15 and 12 years old. Neither of them actually remembers that day in 2001 but of course, they have learned about it in school. Taking them to see ground zero was an experience they will never forget and it made the whole event real for them.

Each year communities hold memorial ceremonies so that we will never forget that terrible day in American history and so that we can remember those whose lives were lost because of other’s hatred.

The City of Marysville will be holding their ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 11 at 8:30 a.m. at the Police and Firefighters Memorial, located at the Marysville Public Library, 6120 Grove Street.

Arlington will be holding their annual memorial on Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. at Fire Station 46 which is located at 115 N. McLeod.

If you get the chance to attend either one of these, you will not regret it.

 

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