Tuesday, September 11, 2012

"Where were you when the world stopped turning..."?

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Today marks the 11 year anniversary of that dreaded morning the world trade center and pentagon were hit with the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history. As the song asks "Where were you.." I recall exactly where I was and what I was doing. I remember getting ready for work with no radio or t.v. on. I remember walking through the door at the Chick-fil-a store I was working in at the time. We turned on the radio as we prepared salads, started making chicken salad for chicken salad sandwiches, and making carrot and raisin salad. There was no music on the radio, just talking on every station. As we let it settle on a station to see what all the talk was about we heard the announcement that one of the towers of the World Trade Center had been hit by a plane. Conversation started about how a pilot could get so off course or pay so little attention as to accidentally run into a hug building. Of course it wasn't long before the announcement that the other tower had been hit. As the reality sank in that this was intentional and not an accident, everyone working came to a halt. We sat listening as we tried to get ready to open the doors to customers. The Chick-fil-a I was the kitchen manager of  was located inside of a grocery store. We may have seen 3 or 4 people shopping all day over the course of a 10 hour shift, most of which had no clue of the events that were taking place. Later we learned that the pentagon was also hit and that close to 3000 people lost their lives that day. My heart goes out to those families that lost a loved one in this tragic act. It still angers me to this day, as it should that anyone would come into this country and intentionally try to instill a sense of fear on the American people. I remember the fear that lingered for months, just waiting to hear that some other site had been attacked. I hope we never forget that day and those lives lost. Lets all take just a minute out of our busy lives today to honor the memories of those who died, not only in the attack, but trying to rescue those who were injured. It takes a great deal of compassion and courage to go into a collapsing and unstable building to attempt to save the life of someone you don't even know, especially knowing that you could lose your own life. American Remembers!

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