Sunday, September 11, 2011

September 11, 2001 {looking back}

I can remember the morning so vividly.

Since I was a kid I would fall asleep listening to the radio.

Just after 6:00am{PST} on September 11th, I awoke to the radio DJ saying he couldn't believe it. My ears perked up and I was awake. Seconds later they announced there had been an attack in New York City. A plane had hit one of the towers they said. At this point I think my eyes were about to pop out of my head. All I could think is what in the world is going on, is this a terrorist attack?

I immediately got up and went into the living room to talk to my mom. I just couldn't wrap my head around what was going on. I was leaving for college in a week, but that seemed to be unthinkable at this moment.

My dad was underway on 9/11, they were supposed to pull back in that day. Soon after the news of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon broke our phones were ringing off the hook. Literally as soon as my mom would hang up with one spouse another would be calling. Everyone was frantic. The submarine would not be pulling in after the attacks. {They were better off out to sea instead of tied to the pier to be a sitting duck.}

I couldn't believe what was happening, why would somebody attack us? What was the point of killing so many innocent people ?

The footage of the towers falling will forever be ingrained in my head and my heart. I watched it over and over on the news. I think in my 18 years of life I had never watched the news so much. I don't remember turning it off at all that day. Yet after the morning the rest of the day is completely lost in my memory.

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Two weeks later I was attending my first week of college classes. The attacks were of course the topic of conversation among the students as well as the professors. It was discussed in every lecture or discussion section I attended.

I am not going to lie, after a while I was tired of hearing everyone talk about it. Not because I didn't believe what had happened was wrong but because I was tired of everyone giving their two cents of why it happened.

 There were some unbelievable things being said. A few said we deserved it. I was appalled and wanted to scream and yell at those foolish college students. How could you ever say those innocent people deserved to die? How could you be so dumb. Yes, I said dumb. I can't think of any other word to describe those 18 year olds I was surrounded by in my first few weeks of college.

When I think about the horrible attacks of 9/11 I get very emotional. A lump forms in my throat and tears well up in my eyes. I don't think there will ever be anything that hurts my heart more. My heart still aches for all the families who lost love ones. I have such a respect for all the fire fighters, police officers, paramedics etc who responded to the attacks. Many who also died trying to save those who had been in the attack. Those first responders will forever be heroes in the hearts of Americans, mine included.

9/11 has forever changed my generation. So many of the men and women who currently serve in the military enlisted after the attacks. They enlisted because they wanted to protect our country and make sure an attack like this never happens again.

I don't think there will ever come a time where my heart doesn't hurt for the innocent Americans who died and for what their loved ones have endured. 

I pray we never have to experience such a horrific event again.

I will NEVER forget.

{writing this does not even begin to describe the emotions I have been feeling this past week. I can't find all the right words to express how I feel, but I felt it was so important to finally talk about my memory of 9/11.}


Eisley Rae Clothing said...

Lovely post Jenelle. Isn't it so hard to write about this? We have so many emotions and so much to say, I think. It's so sad to think that there are still people out there who are dumb and believe that in some way we deserved what we got. Sad! Luckily, there are many more of us who know better. <3

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