No one will forget the events of September 11th. It was one of those helpless situations where the entire world witnessed the terrorist attack unfold, but could do nothing to help. I have asked a few people, of different ages, and they all knew exactly where they were on September 11th.
I was at home working when my youngest son burst in through the front door and switched on the T.V. He had watched the first plane crash, but I had missed it. At the time it was a terrible accident, which cost so many people’s their lives, or that is what we thought. The entire world watched the second plane hit.
Something amazing happened on that day. The terrorist did the most evil act in human history. Nobody likes war, but only a coward would hit an easy target. They were not taking on the America military; they were attacking at the heart of the American people. They wanted to fill them with fear, with terror and hopelessness, but they failed. What I saw that day will forever inspire me.
There were heroes that day. The fire fighters, the police, the military, the doctors, the nurses and paramedics, but I think the most amazing thing was the everyday person helping their fellow citizen. People were coming together. I saw it unfold on T.V. Random strangers treating wounded, people that had never met pulling other people away from the falling debris and dust, shopkeepers giving out water and food. It was a city coming together. If the terrorist attack was the height of true evil then the heroes of that day were the embodiment of all that is good in the world.
It was a scene from an apocalyptic movie and was happening in an iconic city. That was a dark day in American history, no, World history. Everyone was physically and emotionally affected by the events that day, but the terrorists failed. They brought an entire city together, they brought a nation together and for a moment in time the whole world came together.
I was retired at the time of September 11th, but I wanted to do my bit. I had served twenty-two years in the British Army and I wanted to do my part, which is why I went to Iraq as a contractor for the next six years.
In England we had the London bombings, my son-in-law took the train to work, had he been two minutes late he would have been on the train that was attacked. 9/11 inspired me to go back and do my part, but it wasn’t just me, people from all over the world wanted to do their bit.
That day the American people showed courage, bravery and that they could overcome anything. It was also a sign that terrorism would never win. No one will forget the heroes of 9/11.