Thursday, September 11, 2008

9-11 The Day America Changed

Today is the 7th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks and the deaths of over 3,000 Americans in our first taste of a coordinated terrorist attack on our soil. I worked in NYC during the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and the 9-11, 2001 destruction of the World Trade Center.

On my way to a meeting with journalists in 1993 on the 15th floor of the Trade Center, I got no further than the lobby when the explosion underground prevented further access. On 9-11 I was working at home in New Jersey, in Atlantic Highlands directly across New York Harbor from Wall Street and the Trade Center.

From where I lived you could see the buildings and smoke when suddenly all of lower Manhattan disappeared in a dense cloud with the collapse of the buildings. It was a sight I will never forget. I hope all Americans join me in honoring the heroes of the NYC Fire and Police Departments, the 3.000 victims and families of the victims. Over 100 children were born after 9-11 to widows who lost husbands in the catastrophe.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


It's a day that Americans woke up and realized they were vulnerable just like the rest of world.

It's a day that Americans realized that in addition to inflicting great harm upon enemy nations, we could be harmed ourselves.

It's a day that Americans traded some of the things that made them free in exchange for the safety and security we previously enjoyed (think Patriot Act and privacy).

It's a day that Americans realized that true harmony between ethnic groups and religions still eludes us (think young Muslim group on a plane after the attack).

It's a day that Americans rediscovered their patriotism for the military in defense of homeland only to rediscover the horrors of war.

It's a day that Americans once again found themselves fighting in a foreign land with no clear idea of who the enemy is.

It's a day that Americans fighting in foreign lands found the support of their country divided as to whether they should be there or not.

It's a day that Americans hope and pray for something good to become of the lives lost and the sacrifices made to ensure that it never happens again.