Was it just a day? On Sunday the world remembered the attacks of September 11, 2001. World leaders took time to give speeches about the tragedy that fell upon New York City, Washington D.C. and a rural field in Pennsylvania.
In 2001, I worked in Washington, DC, lived in Virginia in an area known as Pentagon City, and visited Ground Zero, and I recall moments from each of those aspects of my life beginning just before September 11, 2001.
When we think about the first responders during the attack in New York City on September 11, 2001 there's one group that is often left off: the paramedics that cared for the hurt and scared that day.
On September 11 this year it will have been 10 years since the horrific attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon. The attacks had a significant impact on me, they changed me and they changed the world.
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Stephen Siller was supposed to be golfing with his brothers the day that his life ended. He had just finished his overnight shift and was on route home when he heard on his scanner about the World Trade Center. He turned around and headed for danger.
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The ceremony at Ground Zero that will take place a week from tomorrow on September 11 has come under fire for not inviting the first responders. That fire has expanded as word comes out that chaplains are also off of the list of invitees.
When we think of the first responders from September 11, 2001 images of police, firefighters and EMS pop up. There were 25 others that paid with their lives: the flight attendants on the four planes that changed history.
Almost ten years ago I sat glued to my chair as I watched a second plane ram itself into the World Trade Towers in New York City. That act made it clear there was an attack happening, not an accident. The world was changing before my eyes.