Impossible to forget

9-11-01-logoTen years ago today, the United States saw one of the worst days in its history. 19 terrorists hijacked four planes and used them as weapons of disastrous proportions. Most of its devastation was concentrated in New York City. At 8:46am, American Airlines Flight 11 was flown into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Seventeen minutes later, United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower. Both buildings would eventually collapse along with building 7 of the World Trade Center. At 9:37am, American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the west side of the Pentagon in Washington D.C. At 10:03am, United Airlines Flight 93, crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennslyvannia due to resistance from passengers. Its original target is believed to be the United States Capitol, based on an interview with alleged masterminds of the attack, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Ramzi bin al-Shibh. In total, 2,977 people died (excluding the hijackers).

It’s hard to forget that day. I was fourteen at the time. I remember flipping to a local news channel, probably to get the latest weather and check the time, and they were reporting that a plane had hit the World Trade Center. I told my mom, who was getting ready to go to the store. One of her immediate thoughts were that she hoped it was not on purpose. As we watched the coverage, we saw the second plane hit and I think at that time we must have realized that the first was indeed no accident. As I continued watching the coverage and eventually found about the other two crashes, I remembering worrying and thinking, “What the heck is going on?” This year more than any other year following the attacks, I’ve tried reliving that day by looking through footage on YouTube. It was a bit harder than I thought, taken back by the enormous scale of the attacks. It’s all very sad. I did find a very interesting video series, called As It Happened. In chronicles what the news was like that day before and after the attacks occurred.

Deciding to relive this day rather than just remember it has made this anniversary more emotional than in previous years, but I’m thankful that I took time to do so. In a way, it’s helped me move forward emotionally. It’s still hard going through all the videos, pictures, and stories of that day. It feels so tragically surreal. You watch it knowing it happened, but you can’t believe that such a large scale attack actually happened. It feels as though someone stole a horrific nightmare from your memory and somehow recreated it.

Today I’ll make sure to keep everyone who was affected by these events in my heart and hope that ten years later, they have somehow created some sense of normalcy.

God Bless.

Sunday, September 11, 2011 //  Category: General

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