September 11, 2001

It’s been 10 years…and that’s hard to believe.   We have lived with horror of 9/11/2001 in our lives for a decade now.  As every American can say, I clearly remember that day.

It was Tuesday.  One of the 2 owners of my company were in NJ / NY working in one of the hospitals there.   I walked into my office, was settling in at my desk when the phone rang.  One of our companies that we subcontracted for called, and when I answered the phone, all I heard was sobbing and the ladys voice said, ‘Pat, you guys need to turn on a tv…NOW!’ and she hung up.  Of course, we all found ourselves sitting around the conference table, watching the horror unfold in front of our eyes.  We turned the TV on at 9:02, and it wasn’t long and the second plane hit the second tower, on live TV, while the world watched.

We tried to reach our boss, Bob, but the phones in NY and NJ were overloaded and we couldn’t reach him.  We didn’t hear from him until the next day.  He was fine, but stranded since flights were cancelled by the President.

The emotions and realities of that day are as clear and strong to me today, as they were that day.  I was sent to the same hospital that Bob had been working at, in November of 2011.  When we arrived, of course we wanted to see New York, and as I was eating a hot dog from a street vendor across the street from Wall Street, my colleague asked the man where Ground Zero was.  He simply pointed and lowered his head.

As we walked across the street, in the direction he had pointed, suddenly it was right in front of us.  It was a terrifying and horrific experience.  The smell, the sight, the feeling, was an awful, awful thing to experience.  I, as well as everyone there, was speechless.  The evil could be felt in the air, as we looked across the street at an abandoned burger king with “morgue” spray painted on the wall. To this day, I can see it and feel it, and will never forget it.

Now, 10 years, 2 wars, and countless other lives lost, we remember.  I remember.  I am thankful for the rescue workers who died in the attacks, thankful for those who came afterwards, and thankful for the one who work in public safety today.  These men and women put their lives on the line everyday for us, and I thank them.

I thank the military who have always been there, fighting, and dying for our freedoms.  Thank you veterans, and those actively serving.

May God forgive our transgressions as a nation, and find us worthy of his continued mercy and grace.  May God protect us, and protect all those who are serving us.  Thanks God, for my safety and for the chance to live freely.