Knowing what day today is, it may sound cliché to go this route…but what the Hell? Today is the 18th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania. I remember where I was on that day. I was in school. If memory serves me correctly, it was math class…and I hate math. Our principal came over the intercom and said the whole school could go home because of an “accident”. As an 11 year old kid who had no idea what the Hell was going on, and who was border out of his adolescent mind stuck in math class, I was happy I got to leave early.
My mom picked me, my sister, and my best friend up and we went to my house. Again having no idea what had happened, my friend and I went up to my room and played ExciteBike 64 on Nintendo 64. My mom called us down and showed up the TV. I thought it was just a freak accident, until my mom explained what was going on. The United States are under attack. As an 11 year old kid, I didn’t fully understand what was happening.
Now, though, as a 29 year old, I am actually a little pissed at myself because I didn’t get it. I now know exactly what happened. I watch the footage and documentaries every anniversary and tear up at every one. I think they show it as a sign of mourning and respect to the deceased and their families. Although I also think that might be in poor taste to those who survived or lost loved ones in the attacks.
I think the attacks on 9/11 are kind of like my generation’s Kennedy assassination…except on a much larger scale. Everyone my age and older will remember that day for the rest of their lives. Actually, let me take that a step further. I think any history buff of any age are almost enamored by the events. As I said, I like watching documentary shows on the events. Not just September 11, but any historical event.
So I think it’d be insensitive of me not to bring up the events of 9/11 today. If you are reading this and are old enough to remember where you were and what you were doing, I suggest you take a minute to reflect on the events.
So where were you on that day? Feel free to comment and share your memories of that fateful day 18 years ago.