It’s hard to believe it was 20 years ago today- the 9-11 attacks. It was one of those events where everyone remembers where they were at- what they were doing when they found out. I am too young to really remember the Kennedy Assassination. There are still those who remember events like Pearl Harbor, FDR’s death, the end of World War II. I was thinking what events were the monumental events in my life which stick out. 9-11 is certainly one of them. The assassination of John Lennon, Apollo 11 and man walking on the moon. I am trying to think of a fourth one to round out a Mount Rushmore….I will go with the evening in the fall of 1989 when the Berlin Wall came down.
Where were you twenty years ago today? I was teaching school. My first period class had ended. I had a planning period second period and walked down to the office to check my mail. When I walked in the first thing I saw was small television which sat on the top of a book shelf was on. I had never seen it on. Then my eyes focused – and saw one of the World Trade Towers smoking. I asked the secretary what was happening and she said a plane had hit the tower. I then went up to my room and turned the television on- the second tower was hit- and now without question this wasn’t an accident it was a terrorist attack. When my third period class walked in- someone asked ‘ What movie are you watching Mr. Postcard?”- I remember saying ‘It’s not a movie, it’s real.” For the next 45 minutes we all sat in silence watching what was going on. Terrible.
As the day went on parents kept showing up and school pulling their kids out and taking them home. By the end of the day I would guess half the students had left. One thing I remember about the day- of course now we know the outcome but was the day was unfolding there were all kinds of rumors. The one which sticks out to me -that after all the planes had been ordered to land -that there we several still up there- could they also be hijacked planes ready to strike somewhere?
It would turn out that one of the planes- the one which crashed in Pennsylvania- had passed over us earlier in the morning. One thing that I do remember about that day- before anything had happened. I can remember looking out the window and noticing how blue the sky was. The sun was shining brightly and the sky was an incredible blue.