Wednesday, September 11, 2013

In Remembrance

Credit: NY Daily News
I will never forget 9/11.  I had the radio on at work and they broke in to report that a plane had crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.  Stunned, I went to a news site with a live feed of the crash.  It was a moment of absolute horror as the country watched the second plane hit the South Tower live.  9/11/01 was the worst day of my life.  I remember being so scared and completely devastated.  12 years later, I can still barely speak of it without crying.

Every year on the anniversary I deeply reflect on that day, on the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives, and the countless people who lost their loved ones, who did nothing more than get on a plane or go to work.  

I reflect on the amazing stories of everyday people who stepped up that day and became heroes.  On the way the country came together in the days, weeks, and months that followed to donate blood, volunteer, and send money.  I was so proud to be an American in the days that followed those horrible attacks, more so than ever before.  

I was deeply moved by the love, prayers, and support from people all over the world who grieved with us in those moments of tragedy and later, cheered on the rebuilding effort.  I get emotional whenever I see someone from another country post a picture of the beautiful new Freedom Tower and say a few kind words.  

I remain forever grateful to those who did everything they could to help save lives on that day, those who sent their thoughts and love when we were hurting, and those who protected our country then and now.    
In Remembrance
9-11-01

10 comments :

  1. TracyBeautyReflectionsSeptember 11, 2013 at 2:52 AM

    I'll never forget it either. My brother lived in NY at the time in Tribeca within walking distance. He was there on the street when the first tower fell. He said it was like being in a movie-running away from the debris and chaos as it filled the streets. My sister-in-law is a doctor, and she volunteered for triage, and he helped out the local fire hall too. Their voices were affected because of all the toxic fumes and debris. When the first plane hit I kept calling his cell phone to get a hold of him-I'll never forget his voice-he was hysterical-asking me what was going on-if there was a war going on.

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  2. Hey Kristen, I came home (6 hours ahead in Taipei) to see the towers come down on TV, and it was absolute horror. I can only imagine how it has affected people who are closer to where it happened, and people who had someone they cared about there.

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  3. I am with you. I cannot think or talk about it without crying, it was devastating watching it on the news, devastating watching the firefighters and countless volunteers dig through the debris. I think what always touches me is the community that came together. People from around the world banning together, supporting and loving one another and standing together. While we saw a truly ugly side of humanity that day we also saw the raw beauty and love of humanity.

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  4. How nice of you to remember the event here on your blog. This is something we can't forget. But to be honest, I don't think we ever would, even if we wanted to. What happened that day was so shocking, so horrifying and SO heart-breaking...

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  5. What a lovely remembrance post. I've not posted anything about September 11th but everyone who was affected and their families were in my thoughts. xx

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  6. Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Melissa. Much love to you!

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  7. Your comment perfectly summarizes my thoughts, Lisa. The worst side of humanity brought out the best side, and it's something that gives people hope after such despair. Much love!

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  8. Thank you for sharing, Sunny. It was a horrifying day in the world and I hope it never happens again anywhere. No one "deserves" to go through something like that. Love to you, doll!

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  9. Oh my god, I cannot believe that your brother was there. I can't imagine how terrified you had to be not being able to get ahold of him. I am so glad your brother and SIL are okay but sad to know they had damage to their voices due to the toxic debris. Are they okay today? Love you!

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  10. Hi Sarah! Sorry it took to so long for your comment to appear - Disqus marked it as spam! Thank you so much for your sweet comment. Much love to you!

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