Everyone remembers where they were when the Twin Towers came down. It is our generation’s Kennedy Assassination or Challenger disaster.
I was a just out of college and with almost 2 years under my belt at a research and consulting company in Iowa. I was at my desk editing a presentation for a TV consultant when coworkers starting whispering about what was on the TV. Then I got a breaking news alert on my computer from CNN about a small prop plane crashing into the towers.
This had happened in the 1930s so the media were not shocked, then the second plane hit and the world went crazy. I remember saying, “We are at war.” So many people were in shock and crying. I went into my routine and worked until 4.
The next few days were surreal. Planes did not fly, Americans were very patriotic and strangers talked to each other and embraced.
It was peaceful and at the same time very scary.
No one knew if we were being invaded or if we would be attacked again.
In the 14 years since 9/11, so much has changed but so much has stayed the same.
1. We have not been attacked since but we continue to be at war with the Middle East.
2. We continue to be complacent about war and being targets.
3. However, we are much more connected. The Internet has made an attack easier and more personal.
In the end, we must continue to look back at 9/11 and remember how we felt that day.
Remember today and always.