Where were you?
Where were you? when the world stopped turning? These words from the song by Alan Jackson still stop me in my tracks. Many of us can recall exactly where we were, what we were doing, and where we were sitting when we first heard the news. We were under attack. America was being invaded. For me it was as I turned on the TV and saw the replay of the first plane hitting the tower. It was quite honestly like something from a movie. This can’t be real, I thought to myself. Shortly after that I got a phone call from my mother ” are you watching the news?” She asked. As we sat and watched the confusion of media crews trying to capture the moments, fear, uncertainty and shock filled each of us. The next couple of hours are pretty much a blur. I must have gotten the kids up, and took them to school, probably in shock with the rest of the parents. I do remember grabbing a small TV so I could bring it to work with me. Throughout the day history unfolded as so many of us watched. Then it came across the news that a plane had crashed in a Pennsylvania field. We would later learn of the heros that made the sacrifice to protect the Pentagon. We would learn of the famous last words. “Let’s Roll. These words have since taken on many different meanings, for many different people. So once again, Where were you?. But more importantly, listen to the words of that famous song. Yes it’s true, we have an entire generation of young adults who have only read about 9/11. These are young adults, preparing to graduate from high school. They never saw the Twin Towers standing. They have lived their entire life in a world of enhanced airport security. They have always seen 9/11 as Patriot Day, not fully grasping the significance. For those of us that remember, our world changed, for on that day we were truly One Nation, Under Good.