As the tenth anniversary of 9/11/01 approaches, the events of that day and its lasting effect has been on the forefront of my mind as of late, as I'm sure it has been for a lot of you. While I didn't know anyone directly involved in the events, it's impact upon me were still profound.
In January 2001, I recently purchased my first home. My partner, at the time, and I had spent the spring and summer fixing it up. For Labor Day that year my brother came up from Florida to spend the week with us. By vocation, I was consulting at various law firms and just finished a three week stint in D.C. rolling out a new document management system. I had September 11th off.
Just after 9 a.m. my partner, at work, called the house phone to tell me about a some rumors he had heard about a plane crash in New York City. Things were a bit fuzzy and he wasn't sure if it was true. After hanging up the phone, I went into the living room. For some reason, my brother was sleeping on the couch instead of the guest bed. I woke him by putting on the television. We sat glued to it for the next few hours. At first we thought it was a commuter plane. Then realizing it was a jet we were astonished yet we still thought it was an accident until the second tower was hit. At that point I remember saying to him, "welcome to world war three." I felt this was our Pearl Harbor.
A couple hours later my partner came home early from work. When he walked in the door we embraced and I began to cry.
It was the unknown that was so scary. It seemed like every hour there was another tragedy unfolding: the towers falling, another plane down, D.C. hit - where I had just been. I thought about my colleagues still at the firm, the view of the twin towers that I had from my room at NYU, the bomb scares we had from the first world trade tower bombing in 1993.
While 9/11 left a lasting impression upon me, I can't imagine being directly impacted like the people in this video, a view from the people at the departure gate.
How has 9/11 impacted you?