As Alan Jackson sings in his beautiful tribute, where were you when the world stopped turning? This is something that will be embedded into people's minds forever. They remember exactly where they were when the first plane hit the tower, and the terror that they were feeling as they watched the second and third planes hit their destinations never fully faded from their memory.
I was in a classroom teaching preschool at the time of the attacks. I remember frantic parents coming in and picking up their children, and I admit that I was anxious until I could go myself and pick my daughter up from her school. The rest of the day we spent sitting out in the yard, staying close to one another. It was a beautiful warm September day, yet the stillness in the air was startling. What was to become of our nation?
As red, white, and blue decorations sprung up on almost every house, lawn, and business across the USA, slowly we stood tall in true United States of America fashion and sent this message to other countries: "We will not be knocked down!" Our nation bonded together under this tragedy and united we triumphed over the hurdles to rebuild our lives. The unity we presented showed our strength, and put a tiny band aid on the hearts of so many families that were personally affected by this tragedy.
For all of lives lost, all of the survivors and heros of 9/11/01....We will never forget.