September 11: Never Forgotten
September 11, 2001
My First Reaction
I was at work when I first got the news that the United States, New York, more specifically, the Twin Towers were under attack. I was a phone operator for a busy doctor's office in Huntsville, Al. Ten phone lines (8 regular and 2 back lines). I think that all of our phone lines lit up at the same time. I believe that as these attacks in New York started hitting the airways, all of our patients were kind and considerate enough to want to let us know what was going on and to tell us of the horror. They were genuinely concerned for our safety. Everyone was frightened and saddened at the same time, and yet we still pulled together to get past the horrors of September 11, 2001. We celebrate that day by honoring and remembering all the victims who lost their lives. This day will never be forgotten and it is still one of the saddest moments in American history. It was the largest attack on civilian soil we as Americans have ever witnessed and I hope we never break that record to be sure. We were like sitting ducks. Maybe the government knew something and they did not tell us but, I do not believe that because when President Bush was first briefed, he was deep in thought, like he wanted to say, "excuse me, I must go, it is a matter of National Security."
Someone in the front office remembered that their was an old TV upstairs, not being used. The big box TV set with the screen that looks like it is scrolling, we watched as the attacks were unfolding in New York. Then as we watched, more attacks at the Pentagon. In the meantime, all planes, helicopters and any other airborne vehicles were grounded. Planes were being re-routed to the nearest airports. Some airports were getting over crowded and it was unclear as to when the planes would even fly again. These were tense moments and I remember everyone really just looking around t each other more or less like, what do we do now? We were just not sure what to do or how to react to this horrible situation. This was a very sad time in U.S. history and everything happened so fast, we did not know how to react.
The look on President Bush's face was a look as if to say, who is responsible for this unspeakable actions. He was in an elementary school reading to the children, when he was briefed with the news. The result of that day's attack are still effecting us today in a major way.
As the days and weeks went on we learned of another plan that was deterred from it's final destination, thought to the The White House. No one will know for sure as a plan of attack was determined by the passengers and they took over the plane and it was crashed in Pennsylvania in a field. The brave passengers of United 93 went down like true heroes. 9/11 is still a tough day in our history and every year we are reminded of the tragedy that effected so many, so terribly.
We as Americans pulled together and promised to become stronger because of being able to survive that horrible day. It was really disheartening to see the other countries watching footage of our country being attacked. Other countries around the world offered their condolences and their help out of respect for our country.
The bottom line is, America was knocked down and hurt. We got back to our feet, helped those who were and are still hurting and stood united as we rebuilt our cities that were under attack that day.
Where Was You?
Where Was You When The September 11th Attacks occurred ?
R.I.P. To The Victims
Over ten years have passed since the terrorist attacks and the memories of that day will never die. All of the victims will be missed and every year thousands of people gather together to mourn and remember this awful tragedy and also to mourn and pray for the victims.
Over four thousand innocent people died during that horrific moment in time including men, women and children. Some died in the three planes, some died inside the twin tower buildings, The Pentagon and the plane that crashed in the Pennsylvania field. Also, members of the different rescue teams whether they be policemen, firemen or emergency teams responded as thousands lost their lives that day. We should remember, these civil servants died trying to secure our country and save other peoples lives that were stuck inside the burning buildings in the city of New York.
It was simply team work that saved the lives of those that did survive. Firemen and police officers risked and even died saving the lives of Americans and foreigners alike. They all did it selflessly. Most responded just like it was another day at the office although, this would be like no other training drill they had ever seen. This was NOT a drill, this was really happening and it is real life.
9/11 News Coverage
Twin Tower Footage
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Location of the Twin Towers
Support for the survivors
We always talk about the ones that gave their lives. They made the ultimate sacrifice.The ones who were widowed in the terrorist attacks.
Known as 9/11
Love for all the first responders.
Penn. Field Plane Crash
Memorial set up at every site of a terriorst attack
Was there a plan to attack The White House?
Tragic Day in U.S. history
Making sure that President George Bush was safe.
© 2012 Buster Johnson