Saturday, September 10, 2011

Remembering 9-11-01


I guess I grew up in a snowglobe world where everything around me was Cinderella,rainbows, kittens and sunshine. My little world was beautiful, loving and wonderful and I was protected from everything bad. Nothing could harm me and all was well with
 the world I lived in...
 I never  thought of what may happen if someone picked my snowglobe up and shook it or even worse dropped it to the ground shattering life as I knew it.  



On September 11, 2001 that very thing happened to our complete horror and devastation.
We all know EXACTLY where we were, what we were doing and who we were with when the tragic events of  the terrorists attacks began to unfold.  Unbelief, astonishment and confusion was our first reaction. Soon to be followed realization, horror and  terror. Our safe, beautiful little world was under attack !


I was getting ready for work as I watched the today show as I always did .  Then, there on the screen flashed an image of the World Trade Towers and smoke was bellowing from the top floors.  At first it was thought a small plane had hit the tower, but soon after the first hit, another plane appeared on the screen and the second tower was hit by a large plane. The news anchors were astonished ,
" It appear's this is a terrorist hit, America is under attack!"


I sat in disbelief as the events unfolded right there in front of me. Soon the first tower began to collapse.  It folded down like an accordion. Billows of grey smoke and debris rolled from the tower as it collapsed.  My fellow Americans were running for their lives right there in front of me, while others were losing theirs... 



                                                                                                

Then the next tower fell as I listened to the radio driving in to work....
A plane had crashed in Pennsylvania...

The Pentagon had been hit by another...

So much information began to unfold so fast , my tiny brain could hardly process all the events that were unfolding right there in front of me.  
We all know the horrific images of that day like we know reruns of Andy Griffith. 

They are all permanently embedded in our hearts, minds and souls. 
 The tragedy was the worst thing I had ever experienced.  My beloved beautiful, country America  was in pain like I had never known.  I sat like every other American , glued to my television searching for answers and comfort .  
It was soon evident that this was not America at it's worse...
I was witnessing America at it's VERY BEST!


OUR HEROE'S



The amazing coming together of American! Fighting for each other, like we always have in the past. Civilians, EMT workers, policemen, firefighters, construction workers, businessmen ...
Everyone coming together to aid our fellow American in need. 


What became to be known as Ground Zero, soon became known as Ground Hero!






I Have NEVER witnessed anything like this! I have NEVER felt prouder to be an American. This is why America is so great! This is what built this great nation. 
The patriotism was astonishing! Flags blanketed our nation! 


The terrorist did not accomplish what they thought.  This tragedy did not tear us down.  It made us stronger, prouder and more determined than ever before.  

When I look back at this day, it is so, so sad.  But I am so, so PROUD to be an American! 



Lee Greenwood's song "God Bless the U.S.A" says it all...