Today marks the 12th anniversary of September 11th, a day where nearly 3,000 people were killed by extreme terrorist in at the World Trade Center, The Pentagon and Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. A citywide moment of silence was held at 8:46 a.m. (1246 GMT) in observance of the time American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower, followed by another at 9:03 a.m. (1303 GMT) when United Airlines Flight 175 struck the South Tower. Further moments of silence will be observed at 9:37 a.m. (1337 GMT), when American Airlines Flight 77 hit the Pentagon; at 9:59 a.m. (1359 GMT) when the South Tower fell; at 10:03 a.m. (1403 GMT) when United Flight 93 hit the ground near Shanksville; and at 10:28 a.m. (1428 GMT) when the North Tower collapsed.
I remember the day like it was yesterday, I was 19 and my son was 10 months at the time and in daycare. I had come back home for my morning ritual of watching the today show before heading out for the day and that’s when the world was forever changed. Throughout my high school years, I was in Jr. ROTC and had plans to enlist in the Air Force but my pregnancy out those plans on pause. After giving birth, the thought crossed my mind again and a few months before 9/11 occurring I was visiting military recruitment offices. So on this day, this is what I think about. My name could’ve been on the list of fallen soldiers and my son could be motherless.
What does this day mean to you? Share your thoughts and memories in the comment section.