It’s hard to believe that nine years ago today, hijackers took control of four commercial airliners en route to San Francisco and Los Angeles from Boston,Newark, and Washington, D.C.
American Airlines Flight 11 was crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center at 8:46 a.m EST (7:46 Central). Within minutes (at 9:03 a.m.), United Airlines Flight 175 struck the South Tower. American Airlines Flight 77 struck the Pentagon at 9:37 a.m., and then United Airlines Flight 93 crashed at 10:03 a.m. after passengers on board realized it was a suicide hijacking and engaged in a fight with the hijackers.
Four flights hijacked.
Nearly 3000 people died.
102 minutes in American history that will never be forgotten.
Millions of lives changed.
On the morning of the attacks, I was working as an RN in a nursing center. It was shortly before breakfast, and I was doing the morning medication pass. As I pushed my medicine cart passed the television room, I heard one of our male patients sharply draw in his breath. I walked in to make sure he was okay, and my eyes became riveted to the television screen. I couldn’t move. As I stood there, I kept thinking, “This can’t be. This can’t be.”
Emotions were raw within the nursing center. Co-workers had family members close to the attack zones and I had a friend that had recently moved back to Manhattan. Several of our patients were American Veterans. As the news poured from the television screen, little was said, but when commercials came on, the conversation was charged.
The look on one patients face when a news anchor stated that it was believed to be a terrorist attack was heart wrenching. As a disabled veteran, he had put his life on the line for the country he loved, and now in his last days saw it under attack.
All over America, citizens will pause to remember today. Many will offer a prayer. Others will display their American Pride in both dress and decor. It is my sincere hope that all with act in a manner that shows respect to those who lost their lives and those who lost their loved ones.
At the Ground Zero event the names of every victim who died in the Sept. 11 attacks will be read and the bells will ring.
The Pentagon will be closed for several hours for a private memorial.
Pepperdine University has 2977 Flags representing lives lost in attacks.
Other tributes will dot the landscape of America today.
I can only pray that the Lord would grant comfort, peace, and healing to those whose lives were affected by the attacks of 9/11.
I will never forget, as I am certain many other Americans will not either. I even remember the scrub top and shoes I was wearing that day.
Where were you?