eight years later
In some ways, it doesn’t seem as though it was eight years ago that the country was devastated – and then we came together. Everyone knew someone who was affected in one way or another and we all remember ‘where we were’ when the terrorists struck. We couldn’t believe what we were seeing on television. I was working on a project at the computer when my husband hollered: “Come look!” We couldn’t speak as we watched these horrible events unfold – one after the other. The Twin Towers at the World Trade Center (within viewing distance of our oldest son’s law office and a place he visited numerous times as he conferred with clients). The Pentagon. The plane crash in Pennsylvania. We not only couldn’t speak; my husband and I couldn’t believe what we were seeing. It was absolutely unbelievable. But it was happening.
We were unable to reach our son and his family in New York by telephone but mercifully finally received an e-mail from him. He, his wife, and our two granddaughters were safe. Yet he and his wife attended several funerals in the days to come.
We will all remember September 11, 2001. We won’t forget.
There were a total of 2,993 deaths, including the 19 hijackers: 246 on the four planes (from which there were no survivors), 2,603 in New York City in the towers and on the ground, and 125 at the Pentagon. An additional 24 people remain listed as missing. All of the deaths in the attacks were civilians except for 55 military personnel killed at the Pentagon. More than 90 countries lost citizens in the attacks on the World Trade Center. In 2007, the New York City medical examiner’s office added Felicia Dunn-Jones to the official death toll from the September 11 attacks. Dunn-Jones died five months after 9/11 from a lung condition which was linked to exposure to dust during the collapse of the World Trade Center.
God bless America.
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