Ten years ago today I was in college. I was walking to my math class when I ran into a friend who said that people were committing suicide by jumping out of planes. I had no idea what she was talking about.
While sitting in the hallway waiting to go into math class, I was handed an “Extra, Extra” paper for our school. The paper had the correct information: Terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. Two planes flew into the World Trade Centers. One plane flew into the Pentagon. One plane crashed into fields in Pennsylvania.
School was cancelled and I went to a friend’s house to watch television. We were all crying and glued to the news. We were in shock.
I remember hearing that Enrique Iglesias song “Hero” and victim’s voices in the song.
Even though I didn’t know anyone that was in the World Trade Centers, Pentagon, or in the plane that went down in Pennsylvania, I’m so sad today. I think of all the lives lost and grieve for their families. My heart breaks for all of this.
While watching the victim’s families read the names of the people lost at Ground Zero, one little boy made me bawl. He said that he is 10 years old, so he never knew his father; he was still in his mom’s belly. He thanked his dad for loving the idea of having a baby and said that he wished he got to know him. I seriously lost it. I’m sure there are so many stories like this.
I’m so proud to be an American. Proud of all the men and women that sacrifice their own lives to protect our freedom and keep our great country safe. We will never forget.
God Bless America.
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