I was a senior in high school, dating my eventual wife. I remember getting to school and hearing how the first plane struck the tower. Then, as we walked into second period, I remember my English teacher talking with us about it and saying it had to have been an accident, there’s no way it could have been done on purpose.
As the day unfolded, we found out she was wrong.
I had no frame of reference to handle the information. Nothing like that had happened in my life before. It is still surreal to think about.
My generation has 9/11. My parents have JFK’s assassination. I have no wise reflections today, only a somber spirit.
So, let’s do this, if you’re reading this, comment and tell me what you remember about September 11, 2001. Where were you when you heard the news? What was your first reaction? What do you remember from the days that followed?
Also, for a fascinating read about Air Force One in the eight hours following the attacks, click here. But not until you comment below!
G. Eric Kaiser · September 11, 2018 at 2:20 PM
I was a manager for our football team. We were at early morning practice before school. I remember the coaches getting news of it and having all the guys take a knee before they headed to the showers. Our coach told the team that something terrible had happened in New York and took a moment of “silent reflection.” One of the guys started the Lord’s Prayer out loud and everyone followed along. Coach told us that terrible things happen in the world and the best thing we can do is to continue on our day trying to do the best we could do in the circumstances. As the following days and months unfolded, our coaches were there to give counsel and encouragement. They continually reminded us that just because something terrible happened, we were to focus on what we had right in front of us. We couldn’t fix the world’s problems, but we could fix the problems in our immediate vicinity. It was a real life lesson for all of us.
wes · September 11, 2018 at 7:34 PM
What a great reminder. Thanks for sharing!