It was a day like any other. I woke up and went down to my chilly basement office. Around 9 am my phone rang. It was my mother sounding very stressed saying turn on the news, a plane had hit a building in New York.
I finished up what I was doing and walked upstairs. The first channel that came on was discussing the World Trade Center. As I stood there watching, I saw the tape of the second plane come in.
Like everyone in the world my mouth dropped open and my heart began to pound.
My next call was to each of our girls, one an hour away and the other four hours away in Cleveland. It wasn’t until I phoned each of them that a plane had hit the Pentagon, did I get each of their attention.
Several years later while visiting New York, as many tourist do, we made one of our must-see stops, Ground Zero.
The chilling realization of what happened that day is a feeling like no other. While it was terrifying watching the events unfold on tv, until we visited the actual site and visualized what occurred there, I had no true comprehension.
We are fortunate that a beam from the World Trade Center has been sent to Eastern Michigan University where a September 11th memorial is being built as well.
EMU is not far from us and when we visited last Sunday, all the feelings came rushing back. While it was difficult to see, I believe it is necessary to keep it fresh in everyone’s mind.
As I learned in school, “that those who do not learn from history, are bound to repeat it.”
I was thrilled to learn that throughout eastern Michigan on September 11th at 9:11 p.m., people are being urged to remember the events of the day 10 years ago by floating sky lanterns.
During this time all CBS Detroit radio stations will air “God Bless America.” There will also be special ceremonies at Lake Erie and Metro Beach Metro Parks as well. CBS Radio will kick-off the event at 7 pm with family friendly activities, color guards, bands, and additional activities prior to the 9:11 lantern lighting.
The lanterns can be purchased at all Chevy dealers and Art Van Furniture for $5. Ten thousands lanterns will be distributed.
All proceeds are going to the Salvation Army who was the first relief organization on the scene at Ground Zero where they provided extensive support for volunteers and relief workers.
What better way to honor those who died and to let the terrorists know we will never forget.
Let’s make it a national event!