September 11, 2001
It's hard to believe that it's been 16 years since the attacks on America took place.
It was a day that started like a lot of other days. The one thing I remember is that it was absolutely a beautiful day back on September 11, 2001.
Everything changed that September morning at 8:46 A.M. and 9:03 A.M., when two hijacked planes were crashed into the World Trade Center and two other suicide flights crashed at the Pentagon and in the woods of Pennsylvania.
A total of 2,792 people died in the World Trade Center attacks, 184 innocent people died in the Pentagon attack (including those on the plane), and 40 died in the plane that crashed in the woods in Pennsylvania.
Most of us remember where we were and exactly what we were doing that morning when we heard the news of the attacks. I was doing a radio show and had to come on the air with breaking news. At first I came on the air and read the news report that there was an accident in New York City, where a small plane had run into the side of one of the twin towers. At that point I didn't think it was a terrorist attack. Then as I watched the 2nd plane hit the other tower, I knew that we were under attack. I wish I could remember exactly what I said on the air after that but it was all a blur. I just remember not feeling safe.
One thing I do remember is that in the days after the attacks people were different. We all seemed to care about each other more, we just seemed nicer. I wish that we all acted that way today. Maybe that's a way for us to never forget, be kinder. I know it sounds cheesey, but it really would make life a lot nicer.
Today we remember those that lost their lives on that horrible day and those first responders that put their lives on the line to save others.