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.