We Will Never Forget - 9 11
September 11, 2001 is a date that neither I nor millions of people will ever forget. It was my first week at University in New York and I will never forget that day. As I was walking to class that Tuesday morning I looked around and thought to myself, “I can’t believe I live in New York City, if I can make here I can make it anywhere.” Soon after that was when I saw people running to the closest building. I saw a friend of mine and asked him what was going on; he informed me that a plane just flew into the World Trade Centre. I was ignorant, I didn’t know what the World Trade Centre was at the time, but it didn’t matter I quickly ran to the nearest TV, and that’s when it hit me, my sister works downtown. I grabbed my cell phone and began calling her but there was nothing, my heart dropped to the floor. As I watched the news seconds seemed like hours and then it happened, the second airliner hit World Trade Centre II. I told myself that this was no accident, something was happening. The news reporters were saying that the planes were hijacked and there were more in the air. I couldn’t understand, we were in the United States, in North America we weren’t in the Middle Eastern countries. I walked outside to see if I could get a mobile signal and that’s when it hit me, New York was under attack. Police officers were everywhere, helicopters and Jet Fighter planes were flying around but I could not stop thinking about my sister and what my family was thinking about back West. As the news reports starting coming in it was concluded that it was in fact Terror Attacks and a total of four airliners were hijacked and crashed.
As I was sitting down outside waiting for my mobile to work I looked around, I saw people crying, throwing up and screaming, they too had family that lived / worked downtown and in the World Trade Centre.
As the day went on I was finally able to get a hold of my parents back west and they heard from my sister. She had to walk from downtown over the Brooklyn Bridge to stay at friends.
The days that followed 9 11 was something I had never seen before; the entire city was in mourning and supporting one another. Flowers, meals, drinks etc. were given to each and every Government employee that was assisting in the search and clean up.
The phrase, “We Will Never Forget” is absolutely correct; we will never forget nor should we. We all owe each and every one of the Paramedics, Firefighters, Police force and every volunteer more gratitude and respect and it’s ironic that we show more to a movie star who entertains us, but we can’t show it to the men and women who protect us everyday.