Everyone can remember what they were doing the morning of September 11th, despite where you were or what else you were doing.
I was sitting in my office at the GM Tech Center in the basement of CCO when I heard that a plane had flown into one of the twin towers. I didn’t know how to react, what to think or even what I was supposed to do next. Most of us in the basement of CCO decided to go up to the executive dining room since they had tv’s and there were no need to go any further than the first floor; the second plane had hit. Rumors were circulating about America being under attack from airplanes and anyone in any high-rise building were being evacuated in all the major towns.
I called my dad in Tennessee to see if he had heard anything and he was telling me more than I was already finding out from the rumor mills in GM. Another plane had hit the pentagon and another was shot down somewhere else which was supposed to be headed toward the capital building in DC.
Needless to say, everyone went home early that day, and everyone stayed glued to the news or CNN to find out what was happening after the towers fell. America became the strongest nation in the world that day, not because of what happened to us, but how we reacted. Immediately, blood drives were only accepting certain types of blood since they had an over abundance of other types. Money was flying in from all over the country and people were more patriotic than anyone in the current generations could ever remember. It was a day we stood tall, a day we stood firm and a day we told the rest of the world if they wanted to damage us, it would take more than a few airplanes.
I am in a slight state of drunkeness right now, not because I wanted to, not because I could, but each tiny sip was for each airman, sea-man, marine and soldier who gave their life to prove the american way of life is the way it is because of how our attitudes – which may sometimes suck – always come through when another American needs it the most.
Here’s to you, the red white and blue and the everyone proud enough to stand as an American and remember what they were doing the day America fought back.