At 8:46 AM, Flight 11 flew into the North Tower.
At 9:03 AM, Flight 175 flew into the South Tower.
At 9:37 AM, Flight 77 flew into the Pentagon.
At 9:59 AM, the North Tower collapsed.
At 10:07 AM, Flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania.
At 10:28 AM, the South Tower collapsed.
Where was I? I was at work, at a local hospital. We had a room that was full of comfy chairs for our patients to get IV fluids or blood, and each chair had a TV. I was doing rounds, delivering mail and such, when I walked by the IV room and saw everyone staring blankly at a tiny TV. Curiosity brought me inside the room and I saw that the North Tower had been hit. At this point, we all were thinking "Accident" or "Pilot Error", but then another plane flew into the South Tower. We looked at each other with hollow eyes, knowing that this was something completely different, and I ran to my office and called my husband, who was at home with our toddler daughter. I told him to turn on the news, that something was happening and it was like Pearl Harbor all over again.
|Flight 175 headed towards the South Tower|
|The explosion, seen from the Brooklyn Bridge|
At 9:35, we were told that another plane had hit the west wall of the Pentagon, and all of us knew that war was coming. This wasn't a little attack. This was huge, it was well-planned and it was HATRED towards America. By 9:57, the part of the Pentagon that was hit collapsed as well.
|The impact at the Pentagon|
|The Shanksville Flight 93 Impact Site|
|Todd Beamer Memorial from "Grateful Colorado Citizens"|
|President Bush being told of the attack in Sarasota, FL|
I saw thousands of policemen, firemen and other first responders, frantically trying to dig out their own, and finding more dead than alive.
By the time I got home that night, I was emotionally drained. All I wanted was my husband and my daughter. I wanted to hold them tight and not let go, ever.
|Parents should never outlive their children - at the WTC Memorial|
|This man will always be my biggest hero|
In a single day, 19 men changed my America. And I will never forgive.
If you would like a simple timeline of what horrible things happened that day, click HERE.