Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Duck Tape- Thoughts That Stick In My Empty Head
As you know, today is the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. And we can't forget the plane that the passengers forced down in a field in Pennsylvania.
It's a day we all remember.
I was working and had the radio on in my office. WBAP out of Dallas runs a news talk format and I usually had it on just for background noise. Occasionally a big news story would break and I would pay attention.
September 11, 2001 was one of those days.
By the time I turned the radio on, the first plane had already hit one of the towers.. "What a tragedy'" I thought. Then a few minutes later the second plane hit and we knew our country was under attack.
I called my sister and asked if she had the TV on.
"No," she said. "Why."
"Just turn it on."
"What channel," she asked.
"Oh my God," she said when she saw the smoke coming out of the towers. "What happened?"
My mother was visiting friends in Louisville, Kentucky and was scheduled to catch a plane home the next day. Needless to say, she didn't make that flight. When I picked her up at the Waco airport several days later, I found it curious that the airport security was going thru everyone's luggage after they had gotten off the plane. Seemed like it was a little late to be checking for explosives then.
It was a time of fear and uncertainty, but it was also a time that the country truly united. Even our government leaders put aside their politics for a brief time and put the country's interests ahead of their own. It had been a long time since that had happened and it hasn't happened since, but it's good to know that we can rally together when we have to.
So, where were you and what were you doing when you heard the news of the attacks?