In 3-4 days, the tenth anniversary of September 11th is to occur. As such, it will most likely be a day of reminiscing, and sorrow. Like the last thread that remembered that day and as that day brought the world together, I suggest that Sunday be a day that we get together as the world community that we all are. I know that in the past we send armies to select cities for different reasons. As such, might I suggest we all send armies to New York as our way of 'being there', while stories and thoughts are told througout the day both here, and on the television.
Nothing of that day has changed for me. I still remember everything about that day. Where I was, what I saw, and how the room felt while watching everything unfold, and that feeling of the unknown fear growing inside me. That day will always be a day that is remembered. It is our generations Pearl Harbour that I hope never happens in my lifetime, nor anyone elses.
My sympathies will obviously go out to all who knew victims by any means, and of the many responders who live with their memories to this day.
It goes without saying that I'll never forget a minute of that day, or any of the coming days that followed it. I hate watching shows or even commercials about it, but I'm drawn in every time. Why? Because there are certain things that should always be remembered. Not the "hate" or "why" factor. Brooding on that will get you no where in life. I choose to remember it because of what it means to me, not only as an American, but as a human spirit.
I'd imagine that most of you outside of the US were not witness to the intimate reaction of the American people in the days that followed. I'm not talking about the subsequent wars, but of the charity, the fund raising, the support, the amount of people that got into their cars and drove from one end of the country to the other to be there to help. I've never seen anything like it before, and I hope to never have to see anything like it again.
Listen to this clip by David Letterman on his first live appearance after 9/11 and you'll have an idea of what I'm talking about.
You didn't have to be American that day. The charity and response was worldwide. First responders from Canada went to do their part. People up here were actually raising money to help. Many of us opened our doors to stranded Americans who couldn't get home. Everything you guys went through was not unfelt up here.
It hit me hard because almost a year before that day I was there with my lady, and here parents. I remember looking up at the towers in awe. The sheer size of those beasts was amazing. I could imagine what it would have been like for a child. There are those of us who regularly visit the US on a yearly migration. The fact is, America is a second home to Canadians, and we all knew what that day meant when it happened. That day we all knew what it meant for you guys down there.
Fact is that day was a punch in the stomach for a lot of people. That sickening feeling I had that day has not been matched by much. It was a death in the family. Which is why I hope that tomorrow, despite what they are saying, nothing happens except rememberance. That's it. Nothing more.
I was at top of tower 2 or 1 can't remember 30 days before. Was going to modify an antenna up there. Pure luck I had not finished and was not on the top that day. Got me out of the tower business. Just dint enjoy it anymore.
Edit. Still got a set of keys that got me on roof, keeping them as my own shrine.
Anyone else watching the 9/11 shows that are being blitzed on the TV? I'm watching them and every now and then have to change the channel to watch something else. Then a few moments later I am compelled to change it back to watch it all over again. Just currious if anyone else is doing the same thing. It's odd, I can't help but watch it, knowing what it conjures up while I watch it.