Today marks the 16th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. I originally wrote a post on the 10th anniversary but that post was deleted by mistake. When I discovered I deleted my original post, I have been meaning to re-write the post. This year, I decided to finally get my thoughts out and share what I remember.
Be sure to stop by my look back from September 11th 13 years ago!
Do you remember where you were? Do you remember life before our country changed?
I was living in Northern California not far from work. I was working at a hotel at the time. It happened to be my day off, so I “slept in” a bit. I believe I woke up around 7am that morning and turned on the television and saw the news. It took me a moment to realize what was happening.
I remember being in shock as I called my mom. I could tell she had stayed up all night, so when I called, she was just heading to bed. I remember trying to explain to her that a plane had crashed into a building and I don’t think she understood the impact of what was happening because she called me later that day after watching the news.
Looking back, I am thankful I was off that day. I don’t think I could process what was happening nor function at work. It sounded like a crazy day, especially at the hotel. The hospitality/travel industry took the biggest impact because our guests were stuck at the hotel and airlines were grounded.
Everyone was on high alert.
My entire day was spent watching the news. I didn’t see the first tower hit (live) but I did watch the second tower hit live on television. I also saw both towers fall. I remember the news stations replayed the towers being hit over and over. It was total chaos.
My boyfriend at the time also had the day off. We both worked at the same hotel. It helped to have someone to watch the news with.
We watched in horror as people ran as the towers fell. We saw people covered in debris We watched people searching for loved ones, family, and friends. We watched people jump from the towers. It was horrific.
What do you recall that day? Feel free to share your story in comments, we would love to read about your experience.
© 2017, Beauty Brite. All rights reserved.