I can still remember that morning so clearly. I was asleep in my room, my sophomore year at BYU, when one of my roommates got a call. She then ran down the hall, yelling for us to turn on the TV and that all the big cities in the U.S. were under attack. I remember jumping out of bed and running to the living room where I turned on the news just in time to watch the second tower get struck by plane number two. I will never forget the screams of all 6 of us girls as we watched in shock and horror and extreme confusion. I don’t think we turned off the news once for the next three days.
That day left me with feelings of sorrow for all of those affected by this awful event, anger at those responsible, pride in my country and peace at the unity that quickly developed and joined our country together.
I have no doubt that the events of September 11, 2001 greatly contributed to my husband’s desire to serve his country and I am proud of his involvement with the Alaska Air National Guard (which falls under the jurisdiction of both the Air Force and National Guard branches of the military).
I will always remember the sacrifices of those first responders, the civilians involved and the military members who so willingly give everything to protect their homes and loved ones.
What do you remember from that day?