Everyone was so nice to one another. That’s what I remember.
It’s not the only thing, of course. The surreal hell that unfolded in front of all of our eyes as we were glued to CNN—or any other station—11 years ago will always stay with me. The image of the planes hitting the World Trade Center, the buildings falling, the smoke and debris cloud that overtook people running from ground zero—all these are indelible in my mind’s eye, as they likely are to yours.
But later, as we walked around in a bit of a haze, still trying to understand that what happened was real and not even being able to imagine why, I remember everyone being so kind to one another. Drivers followed the rules of the road and waved one another ahead. People smiled at one another in the grocery stores.
There was a sense that we had gone through something together, perhaps not with someone per se, but together in that much, much bigger sense. And we knew what one another was feeling and we just wanted to be there for one another for what we knew was going to be one of those events that we’d always remember where we were when we heard the news.
I thought maybe on this anniversary of 9/11, I’d open the floor to you. Please share your thoughts, where you were, a message to the heroes of the day, words for those we lost, what you’re feeling now and your memories. I attached a video of one of my favorite broadcasts following the attacks. Watching it brings me back to that time. Feel free to upload photos and video as well.