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Remembering 9/11 — A Day We Will Never Forget

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Hard to believe it’s been 11 years now, since America was attacked!  Eleven years since the terrorists tried to destroy our country.  I will always remember where I was and what I was doing when I heard the news.  I was just finishing up a morning radio show I was part of, it was a great day, we just gave away a brand new car to a listener!  We were all excited and overjoyed for the listener and how happy he was to drive off in his new car.  Then as soon as we wrapped up the show, laughing and joking we heard the news, the news that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center.  I thought they were talking about the World Trade Center in Boston.

That’s because planes landing at Logan airport fly right over Boston’s World Trade Center, I found out it was in New York and didn’t think much about it.  We went to watch the TVmonitor and as we watched we knew the story was big, as we watched the second plane flew into the second tower, then we knew this was really big and that America was under attack!  All morning we watched in awe as the events of the day unfolded, I think one of the most difficult things to deal with was the not knowing what was happening and where would the terrorists strike next.

All of the talk was about “possibly a building in Boston could be next”, being in the city I knew it was time to leave, I remember driving through the city and looking to the sky watching for planes, as I drove by the Prudential and John Handcock buildings.  One of the eeriest feelings was to be driving on the express way and being one of the only cars on the road, everyone had already left the city.  I also remember picking my kids up at school and telling them what had happened and having them look at me and ask “why would someone do that?”

The best answer I had was I don’t know, I remember the feeling of uneasiness because I felt I wasn’t sure I could protect my family from these attacks.  Reflecting on the eleven years I think about how the attacks made America a stronger, closer place. Everyone was going through the same thing as you were we banded together to protect each other, I went out and bought an American flag and mounted it on my house to show how proud I was of this country, I still look at that flag today and think about what it means to me and my family, how it stands for freedom and how the terrorists wanted to take that freedom away.  On this day when I get home I will salute that flag and thank those who fight so hard to keep us free.

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