Thursday, September 11, 2008

This Day in MY History!

It being Sept. 11, I thought I'd post some of my journal entries I made on this fateful day back in 2001, as events unfolded. At the time, I was living in a high-rise apartment building in downtown Pittsburgh.

...My horoscope did not say today would be the day the world ended. This morning, 4 airplanes were hijacked. One was flown into one of the World Trade Towers. About 10 minutes later, a 2nd one crashed into the other tower. They were evacuating people about an hour later when one at a time, the towers collapsed.... Locally, all the universities shut down at noon. All federal buildings in the whole country have been evacuated. All of downtown here has been evacuated. Nationally, every single flight in the whole country has been grounded... The White House has been evacuated and no one knows where the President is. Air Force One is in the air somewhere flanked by fighter jets. This whole thing is really really unreal. It looks like they've closed down the bridges and tunnels into downtown Pittsburgh...

I can't believe the World Trade Center no longer exists...You should see the video of the Towers collapsing. It's just horrible. People had broken windows near the top floors to get air and were waving for help. Then the whole thing collapsed. All these people were jumping from the 100th floor and so on. Can you imagine? Can you imagine living through the planes crashing into the buildings and then having the building just collapse underneath you? We said another Pearl Harbor would never happen. This is worse. This is not a military strike. It's a human strike!

The Palistinians on the West Bank are celebrating the attacks... They are giving out candy on the West Bank. Okay, time to blow the West Bank to somewhere else on the globe. The astronauts at the space station say they can see the smoke from space.

This has been the longest hour and a half of my life ever. It seems like all this came to head hours and hours ago, but I didn't get any detailed info until I got home from school, which was after noon, and it's only 1:40 now.
The country may take time on Sept. 11 every year to remember those that died that day in 2001, but I don't think many people remember how they felt that day. The horror, the sadness, the helplessness. If more people remembered how they felt that day, rather than the physicalities of what happened that day, more people would be concerned about our national security.


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