Tuesday, September 05, 2006

9/11


I was listening to Laura Ingraham on the radio when I went to go pick up Zack today, and she was talking about how we as a nation should not forget 9/11, and how it seems that so many of us have, especially if you weren't directly affected. She then had a few brief interviews with people who had loved ones on the planes that were hijacked. I'm sitting here with a huge ball of tears inside and felt compelled to write.

I've never been able to watch any of the made-for-TV or big-screen movies about 9/11. I heard the explosion and saw the smoke of the airplane hitting the Pentagon from the high-rise I worked in at the time, so I just can't watch it without being totally messed up.

On 9/11 we had been watching the television coverage of the Twin Towers trying to figure out just what the hell was going on and my boss said, "Everyone get the hell out of here NOW."

At the time, my husband was visiting the Pentagon for his work about once a week or so, and I couldn't remember if he was supposed to be there that day. As you can imagine, phone lines were completely overloaded and I had three of my co-workers trying at the same time to reach my husband. I finally got through . We were riding to work together at the time, so I raced down the Beltway to get him at his office.

What a sight. There were already people on the overpasses waving American flags. Traffic was going almost exclusively in one direction -- away from DC. It was the most surreal drive.

My brother-in-law works for the Chinatown fire station so responded to the Pentagon. He still doesn't talk about it. He stopped by our house in Frederick, MD on his way back home to Pennsylvania the day after and I remember the haunted look on his face.

Frederick, MD also happens to be in the flight pattern for Camp David, so the civil air patrols were constantly flying over -- and flying low. It took months before the sound of airplanes didn't completely unnerve me.

Regardless of how you feel about the President or the war, it's important to remember how the country came together during that time, and important to never forget.

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