September 11, 2011 – Ten Years Later

Me on top of the WTC 2001-April

April 2001, along with 4 of my friends, I traveled to NYC for a weekend. I had never been to New York City, so I was really looking forward to all of the touristy things to do, such as ride the subway, take a ferry, see the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and of course – take a trip to the top of the World Trade Center Towers. The photo above is just one of the many we have from our trip. This one stands out to me because I can literally remember thinking “What if this building would ever fall.” The ONLY reason I was thinking this, is because two months earlier, I watched Three Rivers Stadium implode into a pile of rubble. I was only imagining if they had to do the same to a building this size. Being that I was on top of the very buildings that collapsed, 5 months earlier, the reality of the disaster hit home so closely.

What if this building would ever fall.

Hard to believe it has been 10 years since our nation experienced one of its darkest days. I will never forget my co-worker saying, “A plane just crashed into the World Trade Center.” We ran back to our test lab and turned on a little 7″ B&W TV we had to see what was up. As we were watching it smoke, we watched the second plane hit. Chills ran up my spine and the hair on the back of my neck literally stood up. “That’s no accident.” Were the only words I could muster.

At the time I was reading the Left Behind series, so I thought the end of our times were beginning! That entire day was surreal. I will never forget.

When I reflect, the emotions come back. I remember how UNITED we were as a country. There was no Left, no Right, no different races, just US as in the USA. It was incredible. I wish we would always be so united. Hopefully as individuals we can all muster the humility necessary to be United again and not let another tragedy dictate our bond. It is up to us to do the right thing and look out for the well being of others.

My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families that were directly impacted by the loss of loved ones and all of the Heroes of the day that sacrificed everything for other’s well being. Thank you.

God Bless America!

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