On September 11, 2001, I had snuck away from a photography course to use the restroom. Class was on the second floor of an old brick building in Portsmouth, Virginia. The bathrooms were on the first floor. Coming out of the restroom, on an empty security desk, was a television. I saw the image of the second plane hitting the twin towers, I thought it was a trailer for a movie at first and stood there staring. When I realized that no the United States of America was under attack, I ran up the back stairs to the darkroom and turned on the lights. My teacher yelled "how one thoughtless act had destroyed everyone's work". I yelled back that "two planes just hit the twin towers". My teacher, dismissed class and everyone huddled around a 13" color tv trying to figure out what to do next. Eleven years later I still remember that day like yesterday. But does my 7 year old grandson understand or even know of this day? Tonight, I will try to explain, so that day is never forgotten. It is our responsibility as parents and grandparents to let our children know what happened on this day so hopefully it can never happen again.
Many people died that day because of terrorist that believed all those who were different from them deserved to die. They were out to kill as many innocent people as they could! I think of "How one thoughtless act had destroyed everyones lives". Today our country and many others are still fighting terrorist. Young men and women are putting their lives on the line to protect our countries! Including a beloved prince because it is the right thing to do. Lets teach our children respect for their county, diversity, and the men and women who protect them everyday.
I would love to hear were you where on this day in history! Please leave a comment below.
It was not just the United States that lost citizens in the bombings but the world. God Bless! Elizabeth Johnson, YN2, United States Navy Veteran