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That Day: Remembering 9 – 11

September 11, 2017 0 Comments

That day seemed like it was just another day.

Little did I know when the alarm went off  on September 11th, 2001 the world would change forever on that day.

After a quick shower and shave I drove the 40+ miles to my IT help desk job in Alpharetta Georgia. It was a fairly small software company headquartered in Israel. The company really was like a small community. Making the long drive was not a problem for the chance to work with such a great team. At 2PM on the last Friday of each month HR would bring the beer cart around. Of course, everyone knew that “one” was the max.

There were five or six of us on the help desk. We all sat along a fixed table that looked out over a courtyard. That day we logged in and started taking calls.

Shortly before 9 AM a co-worked told me about the first plane crashing into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York. I quickly pulled up the live coverage in time to see the second plane crash into the south tower. I sat there stunned trying to comprehend what was going on. Was it some massive radar failure or electronic interference that wold cause the planes to veer off course?

That day the calls quit coming into our help desk.

I still feel the chills (and not the good kind) as I remember watching the two buildings collapse knowing they were still full of workers and first responders.

That day there was no hope for them as the buildings began to shake and shutter.

Soon we would learn we were under attack – the crashes were intentional. About 2PM we were sent home.

That day I drove home in stunned silence.

Later I would learn of the Pentagon and Shanksville Pa.  I live over 800 miles from New York, but that day my heart was broken there.

I pray for grace and peace for the thousands who still suffer physically and emotionally from that day. I also pray for the military and their families who have sacrificed to keep our great nation safe since that day. I am thankful for their service.

No we are not a perfect nation but we are a great one.

It is hard to believe it has been sixteen years since that day.

Where were you on that day?

photo credit: World Trade Center 9/11/01 attack memorial photo via photopin (license) 

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About the Author:

I am enthusiastic about helping others discover their purpose and grow into a deeper relationship with Jesus. It is great to see their eyes light up at their “Ah Ha!” moment when they discover they were created for something more. My hope is that this blog will help encourage and inspire you along your way. Join the conversation and take the time to share with me your own story. I have been married to my beautiful wife Janice for over 25 years. We currently live in Stockbridge Georgia with two of our children Matt and Victoria. Our oldest Chris has left the nest. Of course we cannot forget about our dog Taffy.