Eighteen years ago, I was living in my first condominium. A cute loft-style 1-bedroom with a sliding door off the living room, which led to a fenced in yard. I was working from home that day, and while making breakfast, turned on The Today Show.
Not paying much attention, I grabbed my laptop and set it on the kitchen table, prepared for a beautiful day working from home. And then I heard the breaking news, announced by Matt Lauer. There was confusion. There was a commercial break. Next, there on the screen – live footage of New York; the World Trade Center…billowing smoke, questions being asked, trying to understand what happened.
And then chaos. A second plane hit – and the realization this was no accident. “Another impact!” World Trade Center II hit.
“Deliberate…terrorism…shocking,” were the words, and “Oh my God! Oh my God!” repeated over and over. Hysteria. Crying.
“It looks as if something may have fallen off the building…” said a reporter, but it was the building. The second tower collapsed. Gone. In a matter of seconds.
I remember crying. I remember calling my boyfriend, Shawn to tell him what was happening. Little did we know, there would be more devastation. More terrorism. More deaths.
Lives were lost. Hearts were broken. Faith was shattered.
But something else happened. We united. Across races, color, religion – we united. Flags were flying from every home, every car, every building. Shawn and I jumped in his truck with flags in our hands, and drove around our town. We honked our horn at those like us, driving around with flags, not really knowing what else to do but show our American pride; our American resolve.
We, as a people were nicer to one another. We realized the phrase, “life is short” is more than mere words. United, we stood.
And today once again, United We Stand. Remember this day, not with hatred or fear. Remember it as the day we became one people.
May God bless all of those who lost their lives and the loved ones who live with that loss every day. And God bless those who serve and have served in our Military, Fire & Rescue, Police and every day heroes. We honor you. We admire & respect you.
We will never forget.