I received an email alert from my AOL news feed around 8:55 am on September 11, 2001, a plane had crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center (WTC). In my conference room I had a small television that I turned on to the Today Show. Watching Matt Lauer and Katie Couric cover what appeared, at the time, to be just a horrible accident I prepared for an appointment I had at 10 am on the conference room table. As the camera focused on the burning North Tower I watched, in real-time, the second plane strike the South Tower of the WTC at 9:03 am.
Seeing that image of the second plane I remember my exact thought at the time, I need to go pick-up my children from school. I called my wife and she told me her office, a state agency, was closing and she would drive to the school and let me know what was going on. In a matter of minutes the world, America changed but sadly it wasn’t a change that would survive.
In the weeks, and months after September 11, 2001 the citizens of this country put aside their differences, their parties, and their politics and came together. For a brief period no one talked about being a Republican or Democrat, a liberal or conservative we were simply one Nation under God, indivisible. We are no longer indivisible.
In my mind today is a very solemn day. One of those days that will be etched in my memory until I take my last breath. Yes, since that day 17 years ago we, this country has fallen far. Far from united. Far from together. Far from indivisible. Out of respect for the victims and the families of 9-11 that is where I will leave it for now.
The Eleventh Of September
by Roger J. Robicheau
We mourn their loss this day this year
Those now with God, no danger near
So many loved ones left do stand
Confronting loss throughout our land
My heart goes out to those who do
No one can fathom what they view
I firmly pray for peace of mind
Dear God please help each one to find
And to our soldiers now at war
God guide above, at sea, on shore
They are the best, I have no doubt
Our country’s pride, complete, devout
The finest force you’ll ever see
All freedom grown through liberty
One final thought comes clear to me
For what must live in infamy
Absolutely – We’ll Remember
The Eleventh – Of September