Reflections of 9/11
It would be nearly impossible to find one single American who wasn’t painfully affected by of the events that transpired on September 11, 2001. This date takes me down memory lane to a dark day 10 years ago. I was in my junior year of high school and to say we were an extremely rowdy group of teenagers would be an understatement; however, our youthful bliss was interrupted on 9/11. It didn’t take long for my fellow 1,200 schoolmates to figure out the events of that early morning were serious. My particular class watched the national news coverage of the attacks in pure disbelief. It was raw, unedited, and real as real gets. We saw the 2nd plane smash into the World Trade Center in real-time. Our noise level went from 400 -db to 0, it was unbelievable. Nobody wanted to talk, no one made eye contact. We were scared, we felt helpless. It was a rare moment where a student body of irresponsible and mischievous teenagers just wanted to be at home surrounded by family to feel a sense of comfort and privately digest the tragic situation. This is only my account, but everyone has a story. Over the past 2 weeks, I’ve spent a great deal of time at the radio station sorting through archived audio and conducting interviews for a series of special reflective 9/11- 10th anniversary radio features. I was compelled to the point of goosebumps during the production process. I listened to dispatch calls from that day, old news reports and had the opportunity to speak with current news broadcasters, flight attendants, and fire department officials to capture their now and then story. Today, we Americans should feel a spirit of confident in our country and the resources available to us. We are stronger, wiser, and all survivors in our own right. A void will forever be with us, but thank God for our resiliency. If you reflect on all other disasters that have occurred in our country throughout history from wildfires, tornadoes, and even hurricanes– families may have been shaken, but did not crumble. Time presses forward and we continue to heal. My heart goes out to the families of the victims, survivors, first responders, and our military on this 10th anniversary of 9/11. May peace be with you!