Today we take a moment to remember September 11, 2001. It seems just yesterday that our country was attacked – but it has been 11 years.
On that day I remember staring at the television in shock. When the second plane hit the World Trade Center, I hoped and prayed that it was a replay of the first plane hitting it. It wasn’t. I hoped like many folks that the whole thing was just a dream. It wasn’t.
I was scheduled to attend a meeting the morning of September 11 at Malmstrom Air Force Base (Montana). As I showed my ID to at the base gate, a breaking news alert came across my car radio saying a plane had hit the Pentagon – my Pentagon – our Pentagon. My thoughts shifted to friends and former colleagues who worked there.
As a former security specialist with the Air Force, when I departed the meeting to head back to my office I saw a change in security procedures at the base that I had never seen before – and I knew that our country had changed. We had been attacked and we were now on our highest alert.
Many things have changed since those horrific attacks. Our country came together and united in the fight against terrorism. I remember our elected officials – Republicans and Democrats – in Washington standing on the Capitol steps that evening and singing, “God Bless America.” We stood in deviance against terrorism. Americans were united. We found heroes in the first responders and those who performed acts of bravery on that day.
Yes, it’s been 11 years and our memories are somewhat faded now. But as a Nation we must always pause and remember the events of September 11, 2001.
God Bless America…