As I’m sure most of you (especially those that live in the United States) are aware, today is the 7th anniversary of September 11, 2001. It’s hard to believe that seven years have already passed since that fateful day. Anyone who lives in this country was affected by that day, and I can almost guarantee that we can each recall in vivid detail what we were doing when we heard the news that our country had been attacked.
Will Entrekin has decided to do more than just think about that day. He has written and published a collection of essays, and one dollar from every sale of this collection will be donated to United Way of New York City to contribute to the continuous needs of individuals profoundly affected by 9/11. He has published on of the essays, specifically talking about 9/11, on his blog. I urge everyone to read it. If you are interested in reading more from Will, you may also order his publication from the website. He writes about 9/11 as a New Yorker who was working in the city that day – I can not imaging how terrifying it must have been.
I, on the other hand, was a high school senior in the Chicago suburbs when the attack occured. I was walking to French class when I realized everyone was talking about a plane hitting the World Trade Center. Of course, just like most Americans probably did, we all thought that it was some idiot crashing his tiny plane and it would be taken care of immidiately. After French class was over, we were all shocked to find the news coverage on all of the TVs in our hallways at school… we couldn’t believe our eyes. The rest of the day, most of the teachers let us watch the news during class instead of doing anything else. I think they realized what a profound moment in history it was going to be, even though we as students couldn’t quite grasp that at the time.
What were you doing on that day? And do you still see the ramifications of 9/11 on yourself, your family, or the country? (I certainly do.)