Thursday, September 12, 2019
Wonderful Wednesday #6
It is a wonderful day anytime that we wake up and see another sunrise, but today is such a somber day as well. Today marks the 18th anniversary of one of the greatest attacks on our country - September 11, 2001. For those that were old enough to watch the events of that day unfold, may we never forget what was done to those innocent people and our country that day.
This is just one of the harrowing scenes from that day. The second plane flying directly into the Twin Towers and no one could do anything but watch. The other tower had been hit and was one fire and it was possible to believe that it was an accident, but after this we were fully aware that we were under attack!
As flights were cancelled and people were aware of what was happening, our lives changed forever. We learned of an enemy that was so ruthless that they took innocent lives of men, women, and children. Those innocent people were in the most vulnerable positions as they were unable to do anything to attempt to save their own lives. Although, we did learn of Flight 93 that went down in Shanksville, PA where a group of heroes, presumably led by Todd Beamer, did attempt to fight back and possibly kept the White House from being hit as well.
These images still serve as a constant reminder of how life can change so drastically in just a few seconds. No one that worked in these buildings had any idea as they prepared to go to work that this was the last morning, they would go to work. No one that boarded these flights was aware that it would be such a harrowing and deadly flight. As an American at home, I was no aware that such hatred could even exist.
This photo showcases just how helpless people felt as they watched the devastation below them and were unable to do anything about it. As we know, people felt so helpless that some jumped from these high places, knowing that they would never survive that fall. I can't imagine feeling that helpless. I also can't imagine the thoughts that went through their minds. Were they aware of the complete devastation that would come? Were they aware that they might never leave this building alive? Did they feel as though the Towers were strong enough to survive this attack and that they would be rescued?
Many firefighters, policemen, first responders and others arrived at the scene to help. NYCFD responded quickly and these men were aware of the job ahead of them, but not the danger ahead of them. This group of heroes could not have known that 343 of them would lose their lives that day. That alone is pure devastation! A group of men going to work to save others and would ultimately pay the greatest sacrifice!
Where were you this day? I was at work and initially thought that I had heard a wrong report. No way would a plane hit those towers. No way would a plane have hit the Pentagon. It simply was not possible! How wrong I was!!
For many Americans, this seemed the only logical position to be in. On our knees praying to God. Praying for the families, the lives lost, the heroes, the country. The days following September 11, 2001 the enemy had not won- Yes, he destroyed lives, families, planes, and buildings, but he had not destroyed the American spirit. We banded together and became a stronger nation. A nation that served where needed, helped others, prayed, and held memorials. We became one nation and color, race, nothing matter- WE WERE AMERICANS!
* These photos are not my own, but photos that friends and others have shared with me.
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