Friday, September 14, 2018
As I am writing this the date is September 11, 2018. It is the 17th anniversary of the terrible day the World Trade Center was attacked, the Pentagon was attacked, Flight 93 was hijacked and crashed in Pennsylvania.
At that time I worked the midnight shift at a superstore chain. My sister also worked there so we rode together.
After work I dropped my sister at her house. I went home and picked up my son to drive him to work. Once I finally was home for the day I turned on the news. It was early still but after a full night's work I fell asleep watching TV.
I awoke just in time to see the second plane fly into the second tower of the Trade Center. It took me a few seconds to realize that I was not watching a movie. This was real.
I called my sister right away. When I asked her if she was watching the news she said no, why? I said, "I think somebody just declared war on us."
It was an awful day. Terrorists had hijacked airplanes to use them to attack strategic targets.
American Airlines Flight 11 plowed into the North Tower of the Trade Center first. As news crews were trying to figure out what happened the nation watched in shock as United Airlines Flight 175 flew into the South Tower.
Then before we could catch our breaths we learned that 2 more planes had been taken. American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon. United Airlines Flight 93 was headed toward the White House.
The passengers on Flight 93 decided that since they were probably going to die they would protect the White House and maybe the President of the United States. That plane went down in a field in Pennsylvania when the passengers fought against the terrorists.
There were no survivors on any of the airplanes. Many more people in the buildings died. Still more people lost their lives during rescue efforts.
I obsessively watched television news all day for several days. I saw it happen but it was unbelievable. Do you remember where you were that day?