Today marks the thirteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Do you remember where you were that day?
Where I Was on 9/11/2001
I was in my very first job out of college at Regions Bank in Montgomery, AL. I had been at the job for a year.
It was a sad point in my life where all of my college friends had scattered and spread out across the country. I was feeling a bit isolated and disenchanted with the so-called “real world.” Quarter life crisis is what some call it.
Anyway – I had just filled up my coffee cup, and I had settled into my office and switched on the radio while I began to check email.
One of the AM stations there in Montgomery broadcasted the Today Show audio every morning, so I was listening to that. They were talking about some accidental plane crash that happened in NYC. Whoever was speaking was live at the scene of the crash.
I was only half listening. It was more like background noise while I tried to get my mind on work for the day.
All at one there was a bunch of noise on the broadcast, and it caught my attention. I began listening again just as the reported shouted out that another plane had hit the World Trade Center.
My stomach felt like it rose up into my throat. It hit me immediately that this was no accident.
I ran down to my coworker Janna’s office. We were the only two there – the early birds. It was not yet 8:00 in the Central time zone. Her eyes were big, and I noticed that she also had her radio tuned in to the Today Show. “Did you just hear that?” I asked her in disbelief.
“Yes,” she said, letting the reality rush over her. We sat there in her office and listened to her radio together for a while. Soon the rest of our coworkers started rolling in for work.
Our department was located right next to Corporate Security, who had a bunch of televisions that they used to watch surveillance tapes. So we turned on one of the televisions, and we just all huddled there together and watched in horror as the first tower fell, then the second. We also heard about the crash of Flight 93.
The days and weeks that followed were like nothing else I can remember in my lifetime.
Just yesterday, I found the newspapers I bought right after the attacks happened.
It was awful, but our country felt united more than I can ever remember. You could not go anywhere without seeing American flags displayed everywhere. People put them on their cars, much like the car flags they make for college football teams.
Pray for Our World
A few weeks ago I expressed how disturbed I am, hearing about all of the trouble going on in the middle east.
There many complicated problems in that area of the world that have no easy answers. There are a lot of critical discussions going on right now, and decisions are being made.
I urge you once again – If you are a praying person, please continue to lift up our leadership in your prayers.
Where were you on 9/11/2001? Leave a comment below!