September 11, 2001. Where were you when you first heard about the attack on the World Trade Center?
Like many of us who know exactly when they first heard about world-changing events - the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and 9/11 - these events are imprinted forever in my memory.
The deaths of almost 3,000 people – from all walks of life, nationalities, religions, occupations and the lasting impact on surviving family members and friends – will never be forgotten.
A memorial planned for the site will include portraits of the victims, hear oral histories of the tragedy and view artifacts.
Where was I when I heard about the events in New York City?
We were among a large group of people who had just returned to a friend’s home after her father’s funeral. The teenagers came running out of a bedroom, shouting at their father to turn on the television – something had happened in New York.
We watched as the plane hit the second tower. The entire room of visitors sat glued to that screen all day, almost without speaking.
At first, I thought we were watching a movie with some great special effects and I couldn’t comprehend the events on the screen. We learned all too soon that the events were real and happening as we watched.
After a few minutes, we all began calling family and friends who lived in the city, trying to find out where they were and if they were safe. Obviously, phone lines were jammed with people around the world trying to do the same thing at the same time. It took hours to get through.
The stories are many, the loss tragic, the first responders – many of whom perished themselves – brave, and the stories of heroism among survivors well-documented.
We will never forget where we were on that fateful day.
Where were you? How did you learn about the attack? Share your comments below.