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September 11, 2020

Once again we mark the anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the New York Twin Towers. It’s hard to believe that 19 years have gone by so quickly.

I remember that day like it was this morning. After preparing a leisurely breakfast, I sat down to watch the news. My wife was in the bathroom. Then came the bulletin. Like most people, I honestly thought that some poor soul in a private plane had crashed his ride into the side of one of the towers. I strained at the TV a bit to better understand. Then the somber announcement fell on me like a ton of bricks. We were under attack by an unknown enemy!

My wife came rushing in after I yelled at her to come out of the bathroom. We both stared at the TV for what seemed to have been hours. Each report was worse than the one before. First one tower came crashing down, then the second tower. For the first time in my life I could imagine what my parents felt after hearing about the attack on Pearl Harbor. It was simply horrifying! Quickly awe and confusion turned to anger.

We all know the whole story so I won’t repeat it here blow by blow. Suffice it to say that the entire American psyche changed that day. We were destined not to be the same people as we were the day before. Things had changed forever.

Looking back almost two decades, I am prompted to ask, “What has really changed?” Yes, we are more aware that we are more hated around the globe. We have fought two useless wars to redeem ourselves to no avail. We are still under siege. We still feel unprotected. We are still eternally pissed-off.

What I would really like to see with this post are your comments. How did you feel then? How do you feel now? Please let me know by leaving a comment.

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  1. That horrible day, things changed all over the world. It was the lowest rung of human civilization

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  2. Nelson Rizzi permalink

    IT was a day that never Will be forgotten.

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  3. I watched the TV in horror, with a heating pad held against my right side. Shingles. Miserable all the way around, watching evil happening before us. I remember being stunned that Hitler’s timeline overlaps my own. Evil from another generation. God help us!

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  4. KiM permalink

    I think we are so much more divided on 9/12/2020 than we were on 9/12/2001 and that makes me really sad.

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  5. America did change forever on that day; the enormity of the grief was beyond shocking. Seeing Americans coming together to help one another was a beautiful thing. When people are united, they can overcome great odds. Right here, right now, there are so many people who love this great country of America. I try to focus on the heroes in my own midst…the kind, considerate people who are always doing their best to make the world a better place. We must each strive to be that kind of hero, each in our own way.

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  6. It’s like “where were you when Kennedy was shot?”. I remember that. In detail. And I was, what 10 years old. 9/11? I was in my car, driving to the office. My business partner called me on the cel. “New York is under attack”. I arrived at the office. All the staff was looking at a TV they’d plugged somewhere. And we watched as the second plane hit.
    And then the world was changed. Forever.

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