Like everyone my age, I was in elementary school. Second grade to be exact. Mrs. Deschenes' class. Being a few hours from New York City, and very, very close to the Pentagon, our school was put on lockdown in the cafeteria. My kindergarten teacher approached me and told me that my brother, Danny, was here to pick me up for early dismissal. I was completely baffled. What was going on?
We got in the car, I asked Danny what was going on, and he told me not to speak. He turned on the radio, and because my family lives so close to the elementary school, we were home in about 60 seconds.
My sister, home from college, and my parents were sitting in our family room gathered around the television, watching the news. They were silent. My brother and I joined them, and then it happened: the second plane crashed into the second tower. My mom screamed, and we watched people jump out of the building, choosing one death over another. She told me to leave the room and go into the adjoining living room. I stood there, confused, watching my mom cry and my whole family gasp. The United States was under a terrorist attack.
As far as the actual live moment is concerned, my memory stops there. I was 7, almost 8, years old. I was in second grade. And I remember. I will never forget.
As I sit here and watch the live footage from that day on news this morning, 13 years later, these memories are especially vivid to me. My next memory is the feeling of safety having President George W. Bush leading our country at that time. So, I leave you with this:
"Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shattered steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve. America was targeted for attack because we're the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining."
-George W. Bush, September 11, 2001
What were you doing on this day, on this very morning, 13 years ago? You are welcome to share your stories and memories for comfort.
God Bless America.