I first published this post on my old blog back on September 11, 2014. I published it again last year on this blog. I didn’t really plan to post it again today, but along with the day that John F. Kennedy was assassinated and the day that Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, September 11th is a day of my life that I recall so vividly and one that I will never forget.
I was at work, at my desk, when Phil, one of my co-workers, ran into my office. “A plane just flew into one of the World Trade Center buildings in New York,” he said.
We ran together to the company cafeteria where a small group of people had already started to gather in front of the TV mounted on one of the walls. Phil and I got there just as a second plane flew into the other tower.
More and more employees came into the large room and gazed fixedly at the television screen. Some stood around the TV, some sat down at the cafeteria tables. All were mesmerized and horrified by what we were seeing and hearing.
No one was speaking. Everyone in that cafeteria was shocked into a frozen silence. The only sounds that could be heard were those coming from the TV and the sniffling coming from those watching, as most of us were crying. Even I, a typically stoic, unemotional man, was crying.
I spent a lot of time that day — and much of that week — crying. And being angry. Very angry.
It was a day that changed everything. It was, indeed, a memorable day.
Written for the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge, where Sue W and GC ask us to share images or tell about a memorable day.