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9-11 Do You Remember?

In my lifetime there are three events that are forever etched in my memory.flag

The Assassination of President John F Kennedy on November 22, 1963

The Challenger Disaster on January 28, 1986

And

The Terrorist Attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11, 2001

trade towersThis Friday marks the 14th anniversary of the 9-11 tragedy.  Do you remember where you were when you heard the news.  I will never forget.  The shock, the fear, and the disbelief as I watched the events of that day unfold.  I was shaken to my core.  How could something like this happen?

We lost so many innocent Americans on that day.  Americans of all races and religious backgrounds.  Americans of all economic walks of life.  There were high powered executives, restaurant workers, business men and women, Firemen, Policemen, and clergy.

The survivors emerged covered in ash.  They all looked the same.  They were all brothers and sisters united in tragedy.  The whole world united with us in our grief.

I live but 40 miles from New York City.  My husband had back surgery on 9-19-01 at the Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC.  Scheduled for pre-testing on 9-13 we took the train into Manhattan.  The Sky was filled with smoke and the acrid smell as the towers continued to burn.  The trip to the city was uneventful, the return trip was not.  Riding in a taxi back to Penn Station, suddenly there were sirens everywhere, traffic came to a complete stop in front of Macy’s.  People were pouring out of Macy’s and Penn Station with a bomb scare.  In the middle of everything my husband with his major back issues had a low sugar episode.  We had to get something to eat or he was going to crash.  We exited the cab, found some food, and when the all clear was issued, walked the block and a half to Penn Station.  My heart was pounding with fear.  Safely on the train, we were so relieved to be on our way back home.  For_LiveImageMemorial (2)

I watched the smoke plume every morning as I drove into Manhattan each day he was in the hospital.  That smoke plume continued for months.  I can still see and smell that smoke, in my memory.

Our commitment to rebuild from the ashes has been realized.  The newly opened Freedom Tower 1776 ft tall stands where the twin towers once stood.  The 9-11 memorial reminds us all how big the hole in our hearts is.  It reminds us that nothing is forever and life is fragile.  It is a loving tribute to those that were lost that day and those that responded to the call running into the fire when others ran away from it.

freedom towerWe must never forget the resilience, courage, and strength this tragedy reveled in each of us.

Linda Fostek

The Crisis Planner

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