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I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing on September 11, 2001, I was sleeping. Mom called me frantic, asking “are they going to call you up?”. I had no idea what she was talking about because I had been asleep after a long night working. She told me to turn the television on, and I asked what channel. I heard her say softly “It doesn't mater, its on every channel.” So I turned on the television, and never turned it off for about four days.
I will forever have those tragic days, and shocking images embedded into my mind. I remember thinking "Oh My God" when the news said that over 25,000 people worked in the World Trade Center, thankfully so many were late. I was completely shocked when the towers fell. I was not very relieved many weeks later when the toll was announced as 2,974, in New York, The Pentagon, and that remote field in Pennsylvania. So many people affected in ways that were and still are unimaginable.
I was always interested in the Pearl Harbor attacks, and dutifully watched the History Channel anytime there was a show on about it. That morning, 9 - 11 - 2001, I recalled Admiral Yamamoto's thoughts after the attacks "I fear we have only wakened a sleeping giant". I was hoping the terrorists were thinking and worrying the same thing. There was one major difference between the two that stood out to me, Pearl Harbor was a military base, The World Trade Center was a civilian work place. I kept thinking to myself "How can the fools justify such an attack?".
I know I will forever remember that day, and the emotions that were sent coursing through me. Who would have ever believed that the Twin Towers would be evanescent. So many people lost loved ones, and all of our lives were changed by the acts of extremists. I shall forever honor and respect those that gave all, and those that are continuing the struggle to rid the world of terrorism in many different ways.
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