You never think growing up that one day, one action, or one event would not only change the world, but be remembered forever. Today marks the 10 year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. It is a day most of us will never forget, I exactly where I was and my thoughts throughout the day.
That day I actually did not make it to school on time and I missed most of homeroom (this was normal for me when I was in high school). Coming in right before first period I heard someone say that the world trade center was on fire, I did not think that much of it but then someone said a plane hit it. As the events were unraveling almost all of the teachers turned the TV’s on in the classrooms and we could really see what was happening.
School just stopped really, everyone was clued to the TV’s just watching the replays of the planes hitting the towers. I just couldn’t believe my eyes that this was happening. Just a little later the first tower fell and it was like something out of a movie. Watching a building that large fall, knowing there are still people inside was just unreal.
We were told that we were able to get picked up from school if we wanted to go home. I decided to just stay in school and watch what was going on. Many people were talking about relatives or friends that lived in NYC. Luckily at this time I did not really know anyone that lived in NYC. The rest of the day was mostly a blur, you really could not concentrate on school or anything else really.
When I got home I remember watch more TV and just thinking is this real? At 8:30PM I do remember watching the President address the nation. The next week was just weird, thinking about what happened, thinking about all of the people that lost their lives. I do distinctly remember a few days after 9/11 I was at school eating lunch and I looked out the window and saw a plane. It was just a eerie feeling to see a plane in the air again.
So much has gone on since 9/11. Conspiracy theories have been the biggest thing. Some of them are very compelling. As we reflect on what happened 10 years ago, do you remember where you were?