This post original ran on 9-11-2011, the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on US soil. Please feel free to add your comment.
——————————————————————————On the morning of 9-11-2001 we were sleeping at the W Hotel in San Francisco. We drove in the night before to be there for an early morning meeting with an attorney from Boston in an attempt to resolve what seemed to be a matter of utmost urgency. He called our room and told us that there had been terrorist attacks in New York City and at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. At first I thought he was kidding until we turned on the TV. Rumors were rampant about threats in other large US cities and his recommendation was that we cancel the meeting and leave San Francisco immediately. We packed quickly and were soon on the road headed home and Alex was headed to stay with a friend until flights resumed. Our urgent matter was no longer so urgent.
We drove home, listening to the news on the radio. As did the rest of the nation, we sat numb in front of our television over the next few days and even weeks. The numbness would give way to sadness, anger and fear. Eventually those feelings would give way to what would become our new normal, heightened airport security, homeland security, new passport rules, border patrol beyond a wave through, closure of the bridge over our local dam creating traffic nightmares, terrorism threat colors, and American flags being flown from the beds of pick-up trucks. From the ridiculous to the long-needed, some of the changes stayed while while others faded into history. Life went on.
In 2007 Michael and I had an opportunity to visit New York City and visit Ground Zero, the site of the former World Trade Center Towers. It too was a day I will never forget. Below is a compilation of some of the photographs we took that day, set to the music “World Trade Center Piano Theme” written by Craig Armstrong.
In remembrance of the tenth anniversary please leave a comment about your where you were on September 11, 2001.