As a senior in college, I was working in the Business Office at Knox College when the planes hit the World Trade Center. I forget the details of how we initially heard, but as soon as we heard that the first plane hit, we turned on the radio and listened as they reported the second plane crashing into the World Trade Center. We looked around at each other in shock and horror. Wondering what and how this was happening. I don't think I watched as much news or listened to as much radio in my life as I did on September 11, 2001 and the days following. Yes, we were a long way from New York, but it was the first time in my life where I didn't feel safe. There were students who had family and friends in New York and also students who were from the Middle East who wondered if they were in danger because of their nationality...it was such a strange time. I think we who have grown up in this country have taken for granted the safety we've had here, I know that I have. Six years have passed and still I remember almost every detail of that day, I remember a professor telling one of my classes that Galesburg used to be high atop the "hit list" for other countries during war time, because of its railroad hub. I remember that Bob was on the golf course when he heard about the attacks from Harley. I remember sitting at the Children's Museum where I worked that afternoon listening to the radio. I remember going to a vigil/memorial service the following night and then going to the first Sr. Meeting of the year, just to do something that was "normal". I don't really know what I'm trying to say with this post, after six years it seems like everyone has gone on with their daily lives, like they should, but I guess I just wanted to say, even though today I got up and came to work like every other day...I still remember.
God Bless all of those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001...I hope you have found some peace and know that we still pray for you.
Thank you to those who risk your lives each and every day protect us all; our police officers, firefighters, EMTs...you are true heros.
Finally to our military...I believe you have one of the most thankless jobs...people disagree with the war so they take it out on you...but the only reason they can speak out against the war without fear of persecution is because of you and because of soldiers before you. So, thank you, thank you...for giving of yourselves so selflessly to protect my family. And to your families...thank you for sharing your soldier with all of us. There are lots of us who appreciate every day the sacrifcies you make for us, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts and keep you in our prayers. Stay safe, and come home soon!