Six Years Ago Today

wtcIt's 9/11. Forever this date will be known at 9/11. When I learnt our playoff series would take place on September 11, my first thought was "that's 9/11".

Six years after that horrific day, I don't have a great deal more to say about it all. Over the years I've written about it here and there, and back in 2004 I shared my vivid memories of September 11, 2001. Here's that entry.

Published September 11, 2004 @ 11:55 in Memories

Ask anyone where they were three years ago today and they'll tell you. 2,749 people were killed in Manhattan, 184 people died in Washington and 40 died in Pennsylvania as a result of the worst act of terrorism ever to take place on North American soil.

I remember that day vividly. I had been working away in front of my PC in the office since 8:30am and the day seemed typical. I had a glass of ice water beside me and I had just finished reading and replying to my email. Walter arrived and shared some news he had just heard on his car radio. This is when the day stopped being typical. A plane had hit the World Trade Center in New York City.

At that moment, I had no idea it was a large commercial passenger plane that was flown into the tower intentionally. I immediately assumed it was a Cessna that had perhaps flown off course. Still, I found it intriguing and jumped on the web for further details. Soon thereafter, the reality of the situation became apparent. A second plane struck the second tower and this was no accident. About a half hour later a third plane struck the Pentagon and then a fourth plane went down in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. The United States of America, our geographical neighbour, was under attack.

Fear. That was the primary emotion throughout the remainder of that day. We had no idea what was going to happen next and nothing felt as secure as it did when I awoke that morning. Nothing would ever again. I made contact with my wife who was pregnant with James at the time and heard through my mom that she and my brothers were okay and that gave me some personal relief. The large news websites were choking on the traffic that morning but I managed to stream a live news feed from CP24 which I stayed glued to. The occurrences and disposition of the day was surreal. So many dead, such devastation, so inhumane, so pointless.

I remember driving home that evening, looking toward the sky and realizing everything was different. I got home and wondered what world would be awaiting our son when he arrived. I felt such sympathy for those who lost loved ones that day and simultaneously felt relief that I wasn't one of them. I wondered if we would ever be able to laugh again and enjoy our freedoms and liberties once more.

We are now three years removed from that fateful day. We're laughing again, we're enjoying life, this nation is abuzz about a semi-final hockey game tonight at the ACC. I'm planning to enjoy a BBQ with my beautiful family who I adore with all my heart and then I'm going to watch the game and see Kid Rock at the Amp. We, as a society, have not only survived but have returned to enjoying this precious life. You can't kill spirit. You can't destroy hope. We've proved this. I can vouch for it.

"That some good can be derived from every event is a better proposition than that everything happens for the best, which it assuredly does not." - James K. Feibleman


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Mike from Lowville

Yeah, I remember too. I was working afternoon shift. Home by 11:30 pm and to bed by Midnight. Woke up about 8:30 am made a cup of coffee and went out on the back deck to enjoy the day. It was a beautiful morning. Went downstairs after about half my coffee and turned on the Sat. Direct (tv) Sat. something like that. It was on one of the networks, ABC I think and they had a shot of a big tall building on fire. I thought it was in some foreign land like Brazil or something. I was still sleep groggy. Seen helicopters flying around and I remember thinking, man, it's going to be hard to put out that fire way up there. Started to flip channels and the burning building was on every channel. Went upstairs to the tv that was local only and it was on there too. Grabbed another coffee, went back downstairs just in time to see a plane crash into the second building. Started to comprehend the things that had unfolded and I just sat dumb founded in front of the tv as things came crashing down. I think I was in shock. It was like a movie. We ended up not having to go into work that day. The whole event was unbelievable to say the least.

September 11, 2007 @ 5:52 PM

dale

One of the most influential days of my life. I had a call from a co-worker who was off, just before 9:00 am & said about the 1st plane. Thinking a small plane lost direction or such - nothing critical but when he called me a short time later about the 2nd plane he said something terrible is happening. I immediately went to CNN website & everything was in chaos. Working very close to the airport, within an hr. we were told to go home for our security. I stayed making sure my dept. had left & got home OK - nobody knew what was next. When the Pentagon & Penn. planes crashed there were a few people still left at work & spent the rest of the morning watching TV & we all left by Noon.
The most I remember is NO planes flying by work for 1 1/2 days - such an eerie feeling.
My belief is that the U.S. had an idea something was to happen but didn't follow up properly. Dubya & his croonies were left in the dark & the light bulb is still burnt out.
"We will smoke him out his cave & hills & we will get him". Six years later SAMMI is making a video still with SO many lives lost. WHY????

September 11, 2007 @ 7:15 PM

chris

My perception of LIFE changed that day & will NEVER be the same.
TOO much negativity in the world today. A child was Killed outside a highschool in T.O. today - Why.

September 11, 2007 @ 8:26 PM

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