Tomorrow is a day that needs no special introduction or explanation (ie timeline of events, etc) here on my blog. There are other appropriate places to find that information.
That said, almost everyone can easily tell you where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news. Even though EVERYONE has a memory or story to tell, it is still riveting to hear individual accounts – accounts from people you know, from strangers, from… well, from just about everyone. I guess that “September 11 ‘where I was’ stories” are so riveting – no matter who is telling them – because we were ALL bound together that day in the same shock, awe and grief. It was a day of shared consciousness across the country.
Of course I have my own story – can you imagine watching everything unfold live on TV with a classroom of 4th graders and then having to explain why a group of people hate the United States enough to do such a thing? Not an easy task, by any stretch of the imagination.
Interestingly, I can still remember what I was doing the evening BEFORE Sept 11th. I clearly remember watching CNN and catching the Larry King Live show. I still remember the guest he had on that evening: John Edward. No, not the future vice presidential and eventual presidential candidate, but the psychic medium. Edward’s show – Crossing Over – was gaining a special popularity and thus he was on Larry King to promote his work and new books.
When I think back to my memories of how September 11 unfolded, it never ceases to amaze me that the Larry King show also always comes to the forefront of my mind. It gives me goosebumps to think that perhaps there were victims of September 11 who might have been watching that same show at the same time, not even fathoming what was to become of the next day. Can you imagine watching John Edward talking about the afterlife one night and then suddenly being “gone” the next night??? To this day, that particular Larry King episode has given me pause to think.. It reminds me how precious each really day is. Miles Levin’s sentiment says it like nothing else: “Whatever life we get is bonus.”
Here are some beautiful September 11th tribute photos I have come across:
This is Somerset, Pennsylvania:
And a memorial at the Pentagon:
Here is an amazing photo collage of all the September 11, 2001 victims, (excluding the terrorists). For a larger view, click here.
Tomorrow, I have a special piece to share. It is an account written by John especially for “johnthenewsking”. He details his actions and thoughts on that fateful September day – as a journalist, as a father and as an ordinary person reacting to the extraordinary unfolding of events.
Have a blessed evening everyone and see you tomorrow!