I can’t believe it’s been 15 years since the attack on the World Trade Center in 2011.
Back in 2001, I had just started my first semester at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville in the Paralegal program.
I was wasting time before I had to leave for classes that morning. I never turned on the TV in the morning…never. Except for some unexplained reason I did that morning. The first thing I saw was a replay of the first plane hitting the World Trade Center. It took me a moment to realize that it wasn’t a movie, it was the news. I was in shock. WTF was going on?
I immediately picked up the phone and called my best friend to tell her to turn on the TV. Shortly thereafter the second plane hit. It was so unreal. I watched in stunned amazement as I’m sure so many around the country did as well.
My first class was Sociology. I got to class and it was immediately cancelled. Everyone at the school stood around in the hallways watching and the horrible events. We could have left, but we didn’t.
The response to 9/11 made me so proud of our country. For the first time in a long time, I saw a cohesive America. Our petty difference, our politics, our in-fighting, pushed aside to help and defend one another.
We should remember all of those that died that day at the hands of the scum who orchestrated and carried out this attack. We should remember all of those who were on the scene who lost their lives. We should remember the spirit of that day, when Americans became one.
God Bless the USA and all of it’s people.