September 11th – What We Remember a Decade Later

Sep 16, 2011
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It’s rare that I can remember what I did yesterday at exactly 7:46 a.m. CST but like many others I remember exactly what I was doing when that first plane crashed into the Twin Towers in New York City on September 11, 2001. My family, friends and clients all share very similar and precise recollections of that day, whether it was leaving for work, being in a high school or college class, or for me, I was cleaning up after our son’s birthday dinner. Like most I was in disbelief that not one plane but then a second plane crashed into the Twin Towers. Instantly I knew this was no accident. My first reaction was disbelief, confusion and an urgent need to talk to someone I could trust. What did all of this mean? I quickly interrupted our handyman who was working on a project in our kitchen. After he saw the second plane collide into the World Trade Center buildings, he agreed with me that these building were about to collapse.

Like so many others, I was not prepared and had no idea the threat we faced as a nation. And can we ever really prepare for such horrible events? The death and destruction that would follow these attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Airline Flight 93, which was headed to our Capitol Building but never made it, would forever change American history and the war against terrorism. I believe it is our American duty to honor this day and make sure that innocent victims are never forgotten. And as an American citizen, our responsibility to be united and prepared to defend our freedoms should be reinforced and instilled is us all.

I am proud to honor this day with family, friends and our long-standing client, local Argonne Fire Department. Their ceremony will begin by recognizing the first responders who lost their lives on 9/11 and who continue to risk their lives rescuing people and keeping America safe. They plan to have a delicious pasta dinner, which will benefit the Fighting Foxy Fund. Foxy is a firefighter who is battling brain cancer. We will listen to bag pipe music, pray for Foxy and commemorate fallen heroes. However you choose to spend 9/11 please take a moment to reflect upon such unfair and horrific acts. Be assured we are a nation of good strong people and we can find many ways to work together and triumph over evil.

Author: suzanne



  • Craig

    Suzanne,

    Thank you for your dedication, devotion, and spirit. I appreciate the attention you provide to those of us in the field of emergency response.