Remembering the Past
On September 11th, 2001, the United States grew closer as a nation. Where ever you were on that day, you will never forget what happened. For the cast and crew, we took the time this morning to remember all of those lost and to share our story ten years ago from today.
I was living in Tucson, Arizona. I was still working for my corporate marketing web job and in bed when my mom called. I immediately turned on the TV where my eyes were stuck for a few hours. Everything outside was silent. There wasn’t a plane in the sky and the faces of those around me were frozen in dismay. In that instant we as a nation came together.
September 11th makes me realize everything is not forever and the world needs as many examples of good as possible. In a small way, this helped me take a more proactive effort to do something to help the world.
It was an early morning in Denver, Colorado. I was working at Hallmark Entertainment and got into work early. It was around 7am and there were three other people at work with me. We were in the tape room and watched everything happen before our eyes. I was confused as to what was happening. I thought it was a prop plane at first but no one could be certain. I could tell it was a bad situation. For the next two to three hours, the light situation with little details grew to be something extremely serious. By this time people were coming into work and nothing was going to get done. There were hundreds of televisions throughout the building and everyone was fixed to the news.
Unfortunately, fear was the first thing on my mind. This turned to graditude for what I had. My family and friends were safe, healthy, and together. I appreciated the area I lived, up in the rocky mountains. It seemed like a safe haven. I feel like through this, the increased borders and all the precautions that are being done are ridiculous.
I was in class, going to school just like any other day and we were talking about news production. We heard one of the teachers and then someone came in and told the instructor what had happened. We ended up in the break room with a couple tvs out and watched in silence. We watched the second tower fall together. I remember sitting in my car in the parking lot and called my mom. Where I went to college, it was really near the airport. When you were outside you would have to shout because the planes were so loud. This was the first time on campus where there was silence everywhere. I went to work in the evening and where I lived, there was a huge Somali population and I worked retail so you could see the diversity in the neighborhood. For about a week, I didn’t see any African or Middle Eastern person in the area. There may have been fear on their mind. With what happened to the Japanese population during World War II, these cultures probably felt like they could be associated with the attack. I stayed up the entire night in my living room watching the news and donated to the Red Cross. I think I went through a box of tissues while watching the news. There are so many people that were effected by this. I had friends that lived in the city. They were wiping the dust and debris off everything. My friend’s brother died as a firefighter trying to save people. Talking with Justin makes me realize just how much something like this stays with you. You will always remember and it never goes away. It changes you.
I was working up in Alaska doing fishing guides. It was an early morning and I was just about to get on an airplane to go fishing. The plane was loaded and ready to go as someone came in to tell us what was happening. We were all around the television for about an hour or two. My boss walked in and wanted us to get on the plane so we could get out to the water to go fishing. Our pilot was from New York and was in tears the whole way to the river. We had no radio contact to find out any additional details. After the long day on the river, we flew back and had F-16′s escorting all the planes in the sky. After the country was out of the sky, Alaska had some exceptions because it would be hard to be grounded. Planes there were like cars.
This really made me more aware of how this could happen whenever. Europe has this happen all the time and no one is safe anywhere. It isn’t a reason to stop living though.
I am in Bozeman, Montana and sitting at my house watching the news. I had a ton of stuff to do. I sat in front of the television the entire day. My first thoughts were how this compared to the Oklahoma City bombings. At first I didn’t know the damage to the Twin Towers and thought Oklahoma City was in worse shape after. Not until later did I realize the real level of destruction.
A few years after, I was feeling venerable. The unpredictability of what else could happen was on the back of my mind. I had this connection with countries around the world on how they feel day to day. Now, Americans had a new fear and a sense of what people around the world deal with. I had a new compassion for people in other places.
As the youngest in the group, 12 years old at the time. I feel like my experience was a bit different. I was in the 5th grade in gym class. It was odd because all the teachers made the students come out to the hall for an important announcement. The principle came over the intercom and told us that a huge event happened in the United States today and everyone was going to have to grab their stuff and the buses are taking us home. Confused, we loaded the buses and got taken home. I was so confused until I got home where my eyes were glued to the television. At this young age, I knew it would be hard for my parents to explain how and why this was happening.
When looking back to all the changes in our society, the country grew as one and we now had an experience that countries around the world go through daily. You could try to find comfort in yourself but this event would never leave my mind. I won’t let an event like this ruin my life or cause me to fear. If I change how I live my life the terrorists win. I started living a fuller life and experiencing every moment I can.
If you read this post and have a story to share, please do in the comments.
(1) Where were you on September 11th, 2001?
(2) How did it change your life?
Photo taken by Jason Baker