I will never forget where I was and what I was doing 10 years ago yesterday. Running around in the morning trying to get the girls ready for school. I had an all-day meeting at an insurance company office with my boss. Barb was getting ready for work when she took a call from the lady who was going to pick up the girls in our carpool. She was “freaking out” and said she wasn’t comfortable going out and was staying at home with her daughter. We had no idea what she was talking about. She told us to turn on the television, which we did in time to see the second tower collapse. Everything changed at that moment.
It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years. The 9/11 attacks are the defining moment of my generation, just like Pearl Harbor was for my father. In 1941, President Roosevelt said that December 7th would be a “day that lived in infamy.” I fear that as we hit the 70th anniversary later this year, many have forgotten as generations pass. I also fear that the same may very well happen to 9/11 if we aren’t careful.
This week’s Extra Points is a tribute to all those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 in New York, Washington D.C., and in the field in Pennsylvania; as well as the waters of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941.
This week’s quote -“Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children. ”
– President George W. Bush, November 11, 2001