Twenty years ago today I was a junior in high school. It was a normal day with a beautiful sunrise. I got to school early for math tutoring and then got to first period which was Computer (typing) class. But when I walked in, the TV was on and horror struck me. I didn’t quite understand what was happening on the TV but I got the chills and a terrible feeling in the pit of my stomach. I knew something terrible was happening RIGHT NOW.
I knew it was the Twin Towers in New York City. I knew there was fire and smoke and when the teacher turned up the volume and the class heard the news “A plane has hit one of the towers of the World Trade Center ….” I sat down, stunned and shocked. We watched all morning of the horror that played out. We saw the second plane hit the second tower. I remember the flames, the dark smoke clouds, and the plane going through the other side of the building. I remember all of the rest of the horrors that were shown on live tv. Those helpless, trapped people and then the falling of the twin towers. It’s a day like this that changes you. I didn’t know anyone personally who experience this tragic & awful day. I only knew of “people of people of people” who knew someone. Then word came in about the other plane who didn’t make it to its destination because a group of brave people fought back and though they lost their own lives, they kept THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of others alive and able to return to their families. Heroes. All of those people who lost their lives that day are H-E-R-O-E-S.
Today we remember the events of 9/11 in 2001 and all of the lives lost and lives changed. Each day take a moment to count your blessings and give thanks. Each day tell your family & friends that you love them and show appreciation. Each day remember that everyone has a story and going through something so treat everyone with compassion, patience, and respect. Remember that we have so many freedoms and liberties that the rest of the world can only dream about and that price is paid on a daily basis when our military lays their lives down for us.
Take a moment to pay it forward by participating in today’s National Day of Service and Remembrance by thanking EMS services, police, military, veterans, and even our hospital services. You could help out a neighbor by taking their trash out, cleaning their yard, or helping walk a pet. How about donating to the food bank, animal shelters, or even Goodwill? You can even take some time to take a walk in the park for reflection and pick up some litter along your way. But today is about service for others and our planet, as well as making sure we NEVER FORGET.
– Erin Husbands, 2022 Mrs. American Coronet