I think of it when I am traveling. I remember traveling a couple weeks after, and the National Guard was in the airports with machine guns. I felt badly that my youngest daughter would never know the innocence of the world that I had known prior to that day.
When I first heard about the 9-11 attacks I was at school in 3rd grade. Initially, I did not recognize the distressed teachers whispering about “the attacks” as what would become one of the darkest events in the history of the United States.
I was in my office at the time preparing for the day a little before 9am when we heard “A plane hit the World Trade Center?” I turned on the TV The first plane had already hit. As many we thought this was just an accident, it was surreal,
like watching a movie of the end of the world.
The World has become somewhat more united. We support our troops and veterans of this on going war since the attack. Even though, Americans are still mourning over the lost soldiers, and individuals who lost their lives the day of the attack, our people still love the red, white and blue.
My jaw just hit the ground and I stared in disbelief. Like many, I’ve been to the WTC and eaten dinner at the top of it. To see it disappear in an instant was mind blowing.
Immediately following 9/11, I became more aware of my surroundings at all times, and, especially when in crowded public settings. I think to some extent I still am. Tied to that, but in a more positive way, I’ve also placed more emphasis on being present, appreciating the moment.
It’s waken me up to the true horror that man can bring upon man. We’ve seen this in history of course. But this is something that I and all of us in the here and now have seen and felt directly. This horror is real to us now. The same horror that anyone from the holocaust experienced and felt.
I am not sure how much the World has changed, but this country certainly has
changed. I see a lot of paranoia against the Muslim community. A lot of the hate that seemed to be directed towards the African American community has now been transferred to the Muslim community.
Joseph A Muzzin
“It was a day America realized how vulnerable we are to terrorist attack.
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