Saturday, September 11, 2010

I Remember

I remember where I was 10 years ago today . . . . about an hour from now . . .

I was at work. It had started out as a normal day and then the secretary said something about the Twin Towers. We went across the hall to the doctor's lounge and watched the footage. I remember the sickening feeling in the pit of my stomach as the smoke towered up. Then, while we were watching live footage, the second plane crashed. The television reporter and everyone else in the room with me was talking about air traffic controller mistakes, which is what it was originally thought to be.

I turned to the other girls and said - oh, girls, this is not just an air traffic controller mistake. That just doesn't happen - not with a building that big. Mark my words, girls, this is a terrorist act . . . . and the man behind it is Osama Bin Laden. Those words had to come from the Lord. There is no other way. I had heard of Osama Bin Laden - vaguely. But I don't watch the news and I had no real thought of him before I spoke. The words just came out.

I remember the hurt I felt for those people, the outrage I felt that such a thing had happened.

I know that America has not had to deal with the kind of terrorism that many other countries have. We don't have daily bombings everywhere and we can generally walk the streets without having to worry about snipers. We have been fortunate that way.

I remember the outrage I felt as an American, even being so far removed from what happened. But burning the Quran isn't going to bring those people back. It will not reverse any of the damage that was done that day. All it will do is incite other terrorists and hate crimes. No, I do not think that they should be allowed to build a mosque at the proposed site. Both actions will cause further tensions in this world that is already riddled with them. But two wrongs don't make one right.

Let's remember our brave heros and mourn our dead from that fateful day - not commit further terroristic acts.

Sorry if this offends anyone, but this is my blog and this is how I feel.


Odie Langley said...

I was sitting in a sales office where I was selling log home packages. A shocking day for sure. Also on the 9th was the anniversay of the day my first wife walked out and left me and our then 17 year old daughter. What a month that september was. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Suzanne said...

I remember watching it unfold. I think the people jumping from the burning buildings will never leave me. How I hurt that day for them.

Anonymous said...

My brother in law was on a construction site beside the farm where the Shanksville, PA plane went down. He jumped into his truck and drove less than a mile. All he saw was dust. He told me that it was as if the ground opened and closed. (Yes, every single one is a hero!) My neighbor picked up her children from school because we were all so afraid . The PA crash was less than an hour from my home. If that plane would have been a couple degrees left, ....well, Raquel, I don't want to think what could have happened!

heaven.helen said...

I think you meant 9 years ago - 9/11 was in 2001!

Raquel said...

Helen, you are right, I am a year ahead. I realized that a few days later. Sorry!