I can’t believe another year has gone by and that it has been 8 years since that terrible day in 2001. I will never forget what I was doing when I heard the news. I was driving to work, on Rt. 76 headed to New Jersey. I car-pooled to work and we listened to KYW (traffic on the 2’s), and we were listening as reports came in about the first plane striking Tower 1. My friend and I sat silent in the car, stunned by what we were hearing. We were crossing the Commodore Barry Bridge when the second plane struck and I knew at that point something awful was happening.
I grabbed for my cell phone and began calling my family and friends. I needed to know that they were safe. When I got to work I joined my co-workers all huddled around the TV and couldn’t believe what I saw. I was devastated! I was glued to the TV all day. Learning about the innocent people that died that day, watching interviews with their families, I was overcome with emotion.
That night I remember I slept with the TV on. I was hoping for reports that rescue workers found people buried in the rubble from the towers and Pentagon or found survivors from the plane that went down in Central PA. I listened to the radio every day following and watched more news coverage than I think I ever had in my life that week.
I was fortunate and didn’t know anyone that was lost on 9/11. My heart goes out to those who live with the loss from that day. I can’t even begin to imagine…
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