Every generation has an event so shocking and powerful, it stays with them for the rest of their lives. As we remember those we lost 5 years ago today, I’d like for everybody to just take some time and remember what they were doing when they heard the news about the towers.
I was still in junior high school at the time, and it started just like any other day. We were sitting in english class when Ms. Wainer got a phone call on the class phone. As she talked on the phone the class didn’t think anything of it and we just got back to talking and having fun. But i noticed a certain distress in her face, and as tears welled up in her eyes, she hung up the phone and told the class to settle down. Holding back tears, she told the class that the world trade center had just been bombed.
My very first thoughts were of my brother, who was in school at Stuyvesant high school just blocks away from the area. I was worried if he was alright, God forbid he was hurt in the attack. After a few minutes Ms. Wainer got another call on the classroom phone; the second tower had just been attacked. I couldn’t believe my ears; the Twin Towers, two of the world’s most distinguished landmarks had just been attacked by terrorists.
When news came that the towers had been attacked by hijacked planes, fear hit me, right in the pit of my heart. My father was in Korea on business, and was on a plane home that morning. I began to think what my life would be like without my father or my brother in the very tragic, but very possible event that I lost them both on the same day. I began to think about how I never showed them the love they deserved, and I lost it. I began to cry uncontrollably, and I just wanted to go home and be with my mother.
Although neither my father nor my brother was hurt in the attack, thousands of lives were lost that tragic day. The entire nation mourned their deaths as pictures from Ground Zero and “We Will Never Forget” images were everywhere. As we live our lives, we should all be thankful for everything weve been given, and never forget what happened that fateful day.
In honor of all those lost in the attack, We will never forget.