We Will Never Forget: 9/11/01
It started out as just a normal day at work. I was out running errands that morning and on my way back to the office, turning onto 5th street, I heard what I thought had to be a mistake. The DJ said that a plane had flown into the north tower. What? That couldn’t be possible. At that time, it was not determined why or what. But I just remember being almost frozen at the thought that something like that could happen and how terrifying for all the people on the plane and in the tower. We didn’t have a television at the office but was continually checking the internet for updates. I went home for lunch to watch the news and just wept at the thought of the evil that was behind this horrific attack. I had to go collect soybean samples that afternoon but it all seems like a blur as my mind was still reeling about the events of that day.
Last year on our visit to New York City, one of the places we wanted to be sure to visit was the 9/11 museum. The visit was more emotional than I anticipated. I cannot describe the feeling, seeing the memorial pools, brought back from that day. The names of the individuals who died that day were inscribed in bronze around the pools and as the water flowed into the two pools you cannot help but to reflect on that day and the tragedy that occurred.
The museum was filled with bent beams, firetrucks, testimonies and news reports from that day. My son turned to me and asked why would someone do all this? My only answer was there was evil in their hearts and minds. As he looked at all the exhibits, he squeezed my hand tight, and I knew his mind was disturbed trying to understand the events that occurred that day.
We were all somber after exiting the museum, all trying to process what we had seen, and thinking about how it took place right where we stood. As we began walking in silence to our next destination, I look up to see the winged transportation hub. Almost like a bright airy bird ready to take flight. Then, look over to the freedom tower and feel a sense of pride and hope for this city and our country. Pictures really do not do these symbols justice.
I would encourage you to go visit the 9/11 museum because this is a day that we will never forget.