11 September 2010

Please. Pause. Remember.

8:46am. Flight 11 hits the North Side of the North World Trade Center Tower.
8:46-10:28am. As many as 250 people trapped in the Towers...jump to their deaths.
9:03am. Flight 175 crashes into the South Side of the South World Trade Center Tower.
9:23am. Flight 93 receives warning message from United Airlines flight dispatcher: "Beware any cockpit intrusion- Two a/c [aircraft] hit World Trade Center."
9:28am. Hijackers storm the cockpit on Flight 93 and take over the flight.
9:37am. Flight 77 crashes into the western side of the Pentagon and starts a violent fire. All 64 people on board are killed, as are 125 Pentagon personnel.
9:49am. The South Tower of the World Trade Center begins to collapse
10:03am. Flight 93 is crashed by its hijackers and passengers 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
10:10am. Part of the west side of the Pentagon collapses.
10:28am. The North Tower of the World Trade Center begins to collapse.

An estimated 2,819 people were killed. The estimated number of New Yorkers battling Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to the 9/11 attacks is 422,000. September 11, 2001 changed the world forever. It is a day we, who were alive for it, will never forget. I was young when it happened but I will always remember that day; every single detail. 

Pause. Say a prayer. Right now. Reflect. Meditate.

Think about all those who lost their lives that terrible day and also think of their families and those injured. 

Now think of those killed and injured in the war that began because of these attacks on our beautiful country. And think of the families effected.

Now think about all of us, military spouses, and all those military families all over the world and what we all go through because of those 9/11 attacks.

It sure is amazing how in Junior High I was sitting in class learning of the trade tower attacks that I had know idea then that that horrible tragedy would effect my life forever. Each year on 9/11 I spend at least a portion of the day in solitude, praying, for this country and for everyone effected.  I hope that you can find a few minutes even if it's just the time you spent reading this post to remember this day and to reflect. Life is precious and can be stolen away from us so fast. We must cherish it. 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this beautiful post. I will never forget. I hope none of us will.