Hi there my beautiful lovelies! Hope you guys are doing well and staying safe. Today, I want to talk about the day 20 years ago tomorrow that changed our lives forever.
I bet we, all Americans, can still recall clearly what we were doing the moment the first plane hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center on that clear Tuesday of September 11, 2001. I for one was on the nation’s capital and heard the plane crashing into the Pentagon. I remember I was going to my Biology lab at GWU. I just started my freshman year in college and had so much anxiety and dealing with the pressure of starting college life.
As I was about to enter the lab, I received a phone call on my then large cell phone, saying that the phone hit the World Trade Center. I did not believe her. I told my mom to stop kidding and hung up on her. When I entered the lab I could hear whispering and the confirmation that the plane hit the World Trade Center. I still remember the loud pop sound outside, sounding like the sound of a car backfiring. After half hour we heard the worse news of my teen life. We were told that two planes hit the two towers of the World Trade Center and one hit the Pentagon and the university has shut down.
My friends, I left the building just to be met with police cars and crazy downtown traffic. Stores were closing left and right. It was then I started to feel anxious – anxious about the unknown and what has happened. My friends, at that time we did not have the world at our fingertips through smartphones or tablets. I was walking through the chaotic downtown Washington D.C. completely blind to what was happening. I tried to call my mom but my phone did not have any service. Nobody’s phone had any service.
Through all the chaos, I saw a store open with an old gentleman sitting inside. I went inside and was met with warmth and kindness. I can’t tell you what that meant to me at that time. Due to the kind gentleman, I was able to call my mom and let her know what I was okay and will be coming home soon. I thanked the kind gentleman and started my journey home.
My dear friends! It is still hard for me to talk about that day. Hence, I will write more tomorrow. I would love to hear about your memory from that day. Let us take the time to pay tribute to the lives lost that day.
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