I know that I am not alone when I say that I can still remember exactly where I was and what I was doing at 6:00 am pacific time (9:00 am eastern time) on September 11, 2001.
I was in 8th grade and I was in the bathroom getting ready for school. The bathroom was directly across the hall from my bedroom and I had turned my TV so that I could watch it while I was getting ready. I was curling my hair and when I looked up at the TV they were showing coverage of New York after the first tower had been hit. I remember thinking, “this isn’t what I was watching.” I thought it was a movie or something. I started to walk across the call to change the channel but when I got in the hall my mom was coming out of her room and she was on the phone with my dad. She stopped in front of my bedroom door and we were both standing in the hall watching the TV when the second tower was hit. I remember my mom just covered her mouth and said, “oh my gosh.. Bill a plane just hit the other tower.”
I asked her what was going on and she told me to finish getting ready for school and we’d talk about it when she got off the phone. She went into the kitchen and I could hear her trying to talk my dad into letting her keep us kids home from school. They ended up sending us to school but I don’t think we actually did much school work that day. It seemed like the TVs in every classroom were on the news. Right before lunch the principle came around and made all the teachers turn them off because parents were calling in saying that they didn’t want their kids to be watching the news coverage.
Four years later I sat in my CWP class my senior year of high school as our teacher showed us the movie The Day The Towers Fell. For those of you that haven’t seen that movie it goes through the attack minute by minute with individuals that were actually there. Photographers, news reporters, people on the streets, people who were in the towers etc. It had been four years but by the time that movie was over I was crying. After the movie was over my teacher turned on the lights and started talking about it. I don’t remember everything he said but I remember when he said, “Kelly, why did that make you cry?” I told him, “Because it still hurts. It’s been years but I can still remember everything about that day and it still hurts.” Of course just having to say that out loud made me cry again. He told me after the class was over that he had called on me because he wanted people in the class to see how it was still affecting people.
We live all the way across the country but it affected us. It is still affecting us. There are people in our area who had loved ones join the military and fight for our country because of what they saw happen that day. September 11, 2001 affected people all over the United States in one way or another. It rocked our country to its core and it is not something that we will ever forget. The families of all those loss will forever be in my heart.
Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.
– President George W. Bush, November 11, 2001