9-11 Never Forget
Hi there my beautiful! Hope you all the doing well and staying safe. 19 years later, when I still think of 9/11 I can never forget the day. A beautiful Tuesday morning when everything changed forever. 9-11 Never forget.
Tuesday, September 11, 2001:
9-11 Never Forget. I still remember that day so clearly. I was a freshman at George Washington University, getting ready to enter my Biology lab class when my mom called me. She told me that a planed has hit the World Trade Center. I did not believe her. I told her to stop joking about things like that and I hung up. When I entered the classroom, I could hear everyone whispering with a cloud of anxiety in their faces. I sat down and asked what was going on. It was at that time I realized that my mom was not joking.
American Airlines Flight 11:
9-11 Never Forget. “So it’s true”, I told myself. Nobody knew at that time what would cause a plane to fly into a told building like that. I was thinking about every possible scenario that would lead a plane to fly into the World Trade Center. Little that I knew that it was a terrorist attack. I did know at the time that it was American Airlines, Flight 11, carrying 81 passengers and 11 crews, which was hijacked mid-air and flew into the north face of the North Tower of the World Trade Center, between floors 93 and 99, at 8:46 am. The aircraft entered the tower intact.
United Airlines Flight 175:
9-11 Never Forget. While in class, at around 9:03 am, United Airlines Flight 175 – carrying 56 passengers and 9 crew members, crashed into the south face of the South Tower of the World Trade Center, between floors 77 and 85. Our lab instructor came in and gave us the news. He asked up to stay calm and he would let us know more once he finds out.
United Airlines Flight 93 and American Airlines Flight 77:
While we continued our lab work, United Airlines Flight 93, with 37 passengers and 7 crew members crashed into the field in Somerset, Pennsylvania at 10:03 am. The flight crashed, during an attempt by the passengers and crew to regain control. Additionally, at 10:37 am, American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the western side of The Pentagon and started a violent fire. We also thought it a sound of a car backfiring.
The Nation Coming Together:
9-11 Never Forget. A few minutes later, our lab director came in and whispered something to our lab instructor. It was then I could see a cloud of fear and concern engulfed out lab instructor and director. Our lab director asked us for our attention and told us that a plane just hit the Pentagon and that the university has been shut down. If we need we can talk to mental health counselor if needed. For those of us who were staying off-campus were told to be safe.
9-11 Never Forget. As I left the building and walked to 21st and I street NW, I could see campus police block all the entrance to the campus. I took out my then big Qualcomm cell phone and tried calling my mom. The lines were busy. I walk over to Pennsylvania Ave, just six blocks from the White House, stores closing, bumper to bumper traffic, and people running in panic. When I asked one of those people who told me that our country was under attack and told me to go home soon.
9-11 Never Forget. Those words and seeing fighter planes in the sky made me panic again. I took out my big cellphone and tried calling my mom. The line was still busy. With anxiety and panic fully setting into my mind, I started running towards home. Unable to find a phone anywhere, I started running a little faster. During those moments of panic, seeing one store open brought a sigh of relief on my face.
9-11 Never Forget. I entered the store and saw an elderly man sitting calmly. When I asked if I could use the phone to call home, the elderly man showed so much empathy that it gave me the strength I needed at that time. I called home and told my mom, I will be home as soon as possible. I walked over to 17th Street and got into a public bus. My luck, the bus broke down and we all had to get out of the bus. I started to walk towards home. The fighter plane flying over my head scared me. When I was just a few blocks from home, I saw my mom and my uncle walking towards me.
9-11 Never Forget. My dear lovelies! I will never forget that day of 9-11. I will not very forget that awful day. I will not forget seeing the smoke from the blazing fire, coming out of the Pentagon, when I went to our apartment roof. 9-11 I will never forget you. I will not forget seeing the North Tower collapsing on TV when I first entered the apartment, and seeing my grandpa, on his wheelchair crying out loud my name.
9-11 Never Forget. That day is sketched my mind forever. It has changed our lives forever. Before that day I would walk through NIH easily. Now, it’s all barricaded with a strong metallic gate. As for the airports, forget about unlocked cockpit door, and not having a marshall in every flight. My friends! 9-11 showed the best and worst of humanity. The humanity and heroism that people showed after the 9-11 attack, Gave us so much home.
The 9/11 Fallen:
My lovelies! Let us never forget the loss of 2,977 people fallen that sunny Tuesday morning. Let also us not forget the 49 heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice on flight 93. The bravery of passengers and crew aboard the United Airlines flight from Newark to San Francisco prevented death, heartache, destruction. Heroic Americans stopped terrorists from flying into the Capitol building. Instead, as they fought for control, the plane crashed into a field near rural Shanksville, PA.
My dear lovelies! 9-11 have taken the lives of 2,977 Americans. The COVID-19 has taken the lives of 191,803 Americans. Let us all come together and humanity and heroism needed to defeat our current invisible enemy, COVID-19. Let us all wear a mask, social distance, and do our part to keep us and our vulnerable family members safe and protected. One thing we have seen from 9-11, the worst terrorist attack in US history, is that when people come together, we can do anything and defeat any enemies.
I would love to know where you were on September 11, 2001. What were you doing? How did you go through that tragic day?
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