For those of you who forgot (shame on you! naughty naughty, as my grandma would say) what today is:
No, that isn’t what my grandma looks like, though she COULD look like that on the wrong day.
Today is the 13th anniversary of 9/11, or the Day that Everything Changed, particularly Air Travel. For those of you who didn’t fly before 9/11, the kind of security we have now is not the same as it used to be. There was no need to remove your shoes at the security line, in fact the long lines and list of prohibited items did not exist and there was no Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
But what we commemorate on this somber day is the fatal hijacking of four airplanes: American Airlines flight 77 (crashed into Pentagon), American Airlines flight 11 (crashed into North Tower), United Airlines flight 175 (crashed into South Tower), and United flight 93 (crashed near Shanksville, PA, and sadly the memorial site is still not totally complete as of this writing). United Flight 93 is the subject of a 2006 movie which I saw but sadly didn’t get the attention it deserves
. It was at 8:46 A.M. that flight 11 crashed into the North Tower. Most people who heard about this assumed it was a tragic accident. But it was at 9:03 A.M. when flight 175 crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center complex that people realized it wasn’t an accident.
It was around this time that I, being a 7th grader at the time, remember hearing a classmate of mine wearing an mp3 player with headphones (they had built-in radios) say “they crashed the second plane into the South Tower” and no one knew what he was talking about. We were herded in, around noon, into the cafeteria to watch coverage of the incident on CNN. They sent us home early that day and we watched coverage at hme.
So on this day, no matter what you do, remember the 3,000 AMericans who died, both in the plane crashes, on the ground, and during the rescue process, and remember the millions of lives which changed forever because of the horrific actions of that day. I will leave you with this video
from that day. Click the link or watch below:
If you were alive on that day: where were you when you first heard about the attack?
If you were NOT alive on that day: when were you first told about what happened on that day and how were the facts presented to you?
PS. Today 237 years ago was the Battle of Brandywine, which I know about because I live in the area. If you are in the Philly area, take the driving tour of the Brandywine Battlefield. It’s a good way to learn about the battle and see the Delaware Valley (side note: the British won). Today is also the 2nd anniversary of the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, and the attackers have still not been found.