Ten years ago I was 21.
Ten years ago I was a college student.
Ten years ago I woke up to see a news feed on my computer telling me an airplane had crashed in to the World Trace Center in NYC.
Ten years ago I didn’t even know what those buildings were or meant.
Ten years ago that all changed.
I woke up right around 8:45 on September 11th, 2001. I turned on my computer to check my email and saw that a plane had crashed in to the WTC but it didn’t really mean anything to me. I think I was still half asleep and it didn’t register to me how bad that was. A few minutes later my phone rang and it was a college friend. She told me to turn on the TV because something bad was happening. I did so and the second tower had just been hit. I sat down on my couch and didn’t move the rest of the day. I was glued to the TV. I can’t remember if it was before or after the towers fell but my roommate came home because she left work once she heard the news. We sat there together all day in shock as we watched news break of the Pentagon and then the plane crash in PA. What a sad, sad day.
I will never forget the images we saw on TV, the sadness there was, and then the unity that was felt in the days following. I am so grateful to all emergency personnel and military that protect us every single day to preserve our freedom.