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I was typing away at work and talking to my co-workers when suddenly all our computers turned off. We all stood up thinking it was a blackout, so we headed towards the windows to see what was going on, but before we got there our manager showed up and told us that an airplane had crashed into one of the towers in New York. You see the engines on that plane were built by the company I was working for, so of course, there was concern that the engines had malfunctioned somehow.
We were all worried of course and were wondering what was happening, and how bad the damage was. We did not have a TV on the floor and well we were not allowed to have cells phones in the work area. A bit later which seemed like an eternity, we received the news that a second plane crashed into the other tower. Within a few minutes are computers went back on. It wasn’t until I got home that day that I was able to see all that had happened. I was truly amazed that I would see something like this in my lifetime. My wife was pregnant with my son, we watch the news together and simply were astonished, left speechless, we just sat there and watch the news.
That day truly changed a lot of things about America, but it also brought a lot of people together. Across the country, communities came together to bring anything and everything that might have been needed for New York City, it was amazing to see. I look back and see all the moments that we have been able to come together as, whether it was the attacks, a hurricane, wildfires, somehow people come together, but why only when disaster happens, why can this togetherness happen all the time. Either way, I wanted to take a few minutes of your time to allow me to show my respect to all those that perished, to all those that helped, to all those that remembered. Maybe these last 20 years, you know, the pandemic and all, this day can mean something or remind us that we work better as a community, and all the violence we see, we can do without. I don’t know, but I do know that 20 years ago, a lot of people came together for the same cause, the same hope, reason, whatever you want to call it.
This is in remembrance of the September 11, attacks and all those that lost there lives, and the families whom lost a loved one – you are not alone. Thank you for reading and I leave you with this thought, “Why is it that people come together when bad things happen, why can’t people come together all the time. Take a moment and smile, laugh, care about your neighbor”.