Can you believe it. On this exact day eleven years ago America and the world witnessed the worst terrorist attack in American history. When the entire event unfolded just about everyone was shocked. And it did change everything we think about our world today. I would like to say thank you to all the first responders or heroes I like to call them who risked their lives during the attack. I would also like to say thank you to all the people serving our country keeping us safe and our freedom intact. I would also like to say thank you to all the people who are volunteering their time to make our communities better. This is one day no one will forget ever again. And visiting the 9-11 memorials in New York City, Washington and Shanksville, PA on TV is one thing everyone needs to do.
Last year during the Fireball Run here in Anniston several cars were done in honor of all the people who are serving our country and the people who made the ultimate sacrifice to help America defend its freedom.
Here is an article that I wrote which was published in the Anniston Star. This story is about our thoughts in witnessing the attacks on America. Never forget 9-11-01!
Most of us began to cry
“I was in school at Marion Academy, and our teacher said there is a huge event going on that could start World War III. We went to the library, though none of us there could believe what was going on. We were asking the other students that were already there what happened, and they said a plane went into the tower. Most of us thought this could be an accident until we watched the plane go into the second tower. Then we all believed this was a terrorist attack.
Most of us gasped and a few began to cry because we knew America was being attacked. Some students were talking about what is going on when someone yelled that one of the towers was starting to lean. Then one of the towers collapsed. Some in the library screamed, some cried, and some were silent and in shock. We were all stunned. Everyone knew people were getting killed; most of us in the library thought more than 10,000 were killed.
How could this happen in America, what is in store in the future, could things get any worse? We were high school students then and we were thinking about what could happen next. When I got home, I went immediately back to a TV to continue watching the non-stop coverage. I was still stunned and shocked about what happened that day.
I kept my little brother from watching any news coverage; he watched kid’s shows for the rest of the day. I just kept watching the coverage and reading stories on the Internet until I went to bed that night. The next morning at school, the entire school had a prayer and a talk about what happened. That is one day I will always remember.
- Panetta calls Flight 93 passengers “American patriots” during visit to national memorial (cbsnews.com)
- Remembering 9/11 (personalliberty.com)
- 9/11 Demands Our Vigilance (thedailybeast.com)