Friday, September 11, 2009

where were you that day?

I found this picture online at the Wikipedia site. I think it's interesting that the Statue of Liberty, which is a symbol of our freedom, an invitation to others to come and enjoy the blessings we have as citizens of this great nation. Alongside that symbol of freedom, though, is a reminder of those who sought to take those freedoms away.

Today is September 11, 2009. It's been eight years now since that horrible day when terrorists made their mark on the United States.

I will always remember where I was that day when I heard the news.

Matt and I were attending Idaho State University and we'd just gotten to school and were walking to the library on campus when one of Matt's friends stopped us and asked if we'd heard the news.

We hurried to the computer lab so that we could look up anything we could find online about what was happening and were glued to the televisions as we passed by them.

I remember watching as the second plane hit, then watched horrified as the towers started to come down. It was almost surreal, and like I mentioned before, it was like something you only see in movies.

Then we heard about the plane that hit the Pentagon and the other that went down in a Pennsylvania field.

I was saddened that something so horrific would happen in our country, saddened at the number of lives lost, grateful that no one close to me was hurt. Even today, eight years later, tears come to my eyes as I think of that day.

I was also lifted up by the heroism shown that day by airline passengers who fought for their lives to the very end. I am grateful for the firemen and others who sacrificed so much.

I'm proud to be an American and hope that we will always remember that day.

"Let's roll."

Even in all the destruction the flag still stands for freedom.

I hope we don't take it for granted.

We are so very blessed.


Ginny said...

I watched Fox News this morning as they replayed scenes of 9-11-01 & it brought tears to my eyes again. I remember the fear & pain I felt that day. I hope our country always stops to remember that horrible day & that we are not Republicans or Democrats but Americans.

LG said...

Despite not being American or being there, this tragic incident made me real sad and worried for the future. This event not only affected Americans but the world. I will definitely honour this day as most lives were lost and a lot of men and women sacrificed themselves for freedom.

Thanks for sharing Becky

Cynthia B. said...

I will always remember that day. I read something that talked about our parents' generation - they'll always remember where they were when they heard that Kennedy was shot. For us, we'll always remember 9/11/01.
Sad thing is that our kids will never know what life was like before that day. But we still have to remember how truly lucky we are, how blessed we are to have the freedoms that our nation provides us.
Thanks for sharing your story, and thanks for the reminder!