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We Have Some Planes

Ten years ago I had just finished breakfast at home and flipped on the TV to CNBC to catch the market opening numbers. Instead of stock charts and market quotes what I saw was one of the World Trade Center towers with black smoke pouring from it. There was a lot of confusion about what had happened but it didn’t seem likely that it was an accident. I called for my wife to join me in watching. As we sat down together, another jet plowed into the other WTC tower and then everyone knew. Veteran CNBC commentator, the late Mark Haines, immediately told his watchers that we were seeing a terrorist attack. When one of his colleagues wondered aloud if it could be an attack from Palestinian factions, Haines said that was not possible because “they don’t have the financing.” He didn’t say who it might be and frankly I didn’t have clue.

I sat stunned watching the buildings burn and the people streaming out of them. I looked at the firemen and policemen as they rushed to the scene and something in my gut was telling me they were in for a horrible day. As the buildings collapsed mere minutes apart I totally lost it, right there on the sofa at home. I sobbed, “all those people!” I absolutely believed that I had just witnessed ten thousand people perish right before my eyes. The fact that slightly less than three thousand died is a miracle in my mind.

I was three hours late to work that day. By the time I got to work I was plenty mad and I remain that way, even today. However, on this tenth anniversary of 9-11, anger needs to be put aside. This day is for remembering and reflecting. This is a day for prayer.

This is my video remembrance of that dark day. . . September 11, 2001:

God bless those who died in the 9-11 attacks, the heroes who risked their own lives to save others and God Bless America. Never forget.

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Texas native. Conservative small businessman with 31 years experience. Government should roll back the nanny state. No country can tax its way to prosperity. The question isn't who will let me but who will stop me?

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  1. I heard news on radio, “plane has hit the WTC” and thought “accident.” Went to shower for work, and came out just in time to hear “a second plane” and knew it was terror. Through my drive to work, I must have been numbed somewhat, hearing “the Sears Tower may be one of the next things they hit and is being evacuated” and thought, driving down I-355 to the Sears campus in Hoffman Estates, which is nowhere near Sears Tower in Chicago’s loop, “Oh no, what do I do? Should I drive in to work or not?”

    Took me a couple more minutes and a couple more miles before my preoccupied thoughts could tell me, “no, dummy, you do not work in the Sears Tower.”

    I stayed pretty numb until a co-worker said, there is a tv on in the conference room on this floor. Went there, watched with a few others, standing up, walked out after a bit along with others, nobody saying much, everyone numb, numb, numb.

    Not until about 2 weeks later was I able to grieve. Again commuting to the job on a side street I’ve been driving for most of the last 30+ years, I happened to catch out of the corner of my eye, the American flag in front of the Addison Fire Dept. building. Cried and sobbed all the way to work that day.

    The occasional reminders of all who suffered and worked and died that day never fails to bring back the feeling of loss and betrayal tinged with anger. Then I remember our citizens and heroes and thank God that I live in America.

  2. Is it any wonder why other countries ask for our help in their time of disaster?

    The US has the best military, the best workers, the best crises interveners and assistance of any country in the world. And it will always stay that way.

    I was at the Trade Centers in late 1990,s, and went back again about 5 years ago. Just couldn’t believe they were *no more.*

    Thank you for making this great tribute, TG.

  1. I heard news on radio, “plane has hit the WTC” and thought “accident.” Went to shower for work, and came out just in time to hear “a second plane” and knew it was terror. Through my drive to work, I must have been numbed somewhat, hearing “the Sears Tower may be one of the next things they hit and is being evacuated” and thought, driving down I-355 to the Sears campus in Hoffman Estates, which is nowhere near Sears Tower in Chicago’s loop, “Oh no, what do I do? Should I drive in to work or not?”

    Took me a couple more minutes and a couple more miles before my preoccupied thoughts could tell me, “no, dummy, you do not work in the Sears Tower.”

    I stayed pretty numb until a co-worker said, there is a tv on in the conference room on this floor. Went there, watched with a few others, standing up, walked out after a bit along with others, nobody saying much, everyone numb, numb, numb.

    Not until about 2 weeks later was I able to grieve. Again commuting to the job on a side street I’ve been driving for most of the last 30+ years, I happened to catch out of the corner of my eye, the American flag in front of the Addison Fire Dept. building. Cried and sobbed all the way to work that day.

    The occasional reminders of all who suffered and worked and died that day never fails to bring back the feeling of loss and betrayal tinged with anger. Then I remember our citizens and heroes and thank God that I live in America.

  2. Is it any wonder why other countries ask for our help in their time of disaster?

    The US has the best military, the best workers, the best crises interveners and assistance of any country in the world. And it will always stay that way.

    I was at the Trade Centers in late 1990,s, and went back again about 5 years ago. Just couldn’t believe they were *no more.*

    Thank you for making this great tribute, TG.

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