On September 22, 2001 an airplane was hijacked and after several moments of delay, hit the North World Tower. For the next hour, a group of individuals made their way down to the ground floor not knowing the severity of what had just happened. It was as if they had a “normal” warning to evacuate the building, but with no idea if this was real or not. Others on the plane didn’t know when and where the plane would land. Some were able to say their good-byes to their loved ones, others left messages and hoped that this nightmare would end soon. One more hit the corner of the Pentagon and one more crashed.
Last Sunday, September 4th, ” 9/11: Timeline of Terror” recounted the incidents on the North Tower and used computer animation to provide a minute by minute replay of that fateful day. The show provided interviews of survivors and used actors and simulations to recount for all of us what really happened that day.
On 9/11, you may have remembered where you were, the specific news you heard about the hijacked airplanes, who you were with, and what you did as a result. You may have gone home from work or from school, shared with your family members at home or who were away by phone the events. You may have known someone who lost their life, or known a family member or a fellow employee who worked there, or someone who was visiting or you may have known no one at all. But as we cried, and were amazed by this assault on United States of America, how have we dealt with this castastrophe over the past 10 years?.
Are you taking the risks you used to take or are you living, in Oprah’s words “living your life to the fullest”? Are you less or more afraid to fly on airplanes? Do you give or volunteer more? Do you have a better understanding and appreciation of service workers who take that risk every day? Do you spend more time with your family, forego extra hours at the office or do you work more, believing more is better? Do you have more or less faith? Or…do you feel that this is a one time occurrence and that life should go on as normal? Did you or could you forget?
MSNBC will rebroadcast their documentary 9/11: In Our Own Words” on Saturday night, Sept 10th and Sunday night, September 11th. If your forgot or if you wanted to know more, but was afraid to ask, watch this TV event and others this week-end like: “The Space Between” on USA, “The Making the 9/11 Memorial” on History Channel, and “America Remembers” on PBS.* This will strengthen your faith in people and/or God, not just open your memory to the devastation. Watch as they let you know what true heroes are and the impact they have made on the survivors.
You can also attend Clover High School’s Richmond Symphony’s concert on Sunday in Midlothian, or attend the event in Byrd Park or at Douglas S. Freeman High School. Chesferfield Courhouse offered an event on Friday, September 9 that introduced a part of the World Tours as a commemoration. This events will help you share with others how you felt then or now about 9/11.
Here’s hoping that after this anniversary week-end, that you will gain a new perspective, if not already so, on life.
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