Remembering 9/11

Ten years have passed by so quickly, yet it feels like just yesterday since that 9/11 changed our nation.

I can remember September 11, 2001, vividly. I was only 12 years old and was getting changed for my gym class during second period. I remember walking into the gym with a few girls after the bell rang and seeing no one in there. Normally, the boys would be playing basketball or everyone would be chatting by the bleachers. I remember seeing one of the boys walk into Coach White's office so I went over and looked to see what they were all doing. They were all sitting in front of the TV; glued to it. The girls were having test that day before we began our sport activities. We all sat down in the cafeteria and then our coach told us a plane crashed into the Twin Towers. At that time, only the first plane had crashed. We all just began chatting about the incident.

It was only a few moments later that I was called to the school office to be taken out early. My mom took my sister and I home to watch history unfold on TV. I was in disbelief. At first, I didn't fully understand the magnitude of what happened. As I watched the commentary on all the news channels all day, I began learn more about the seriousness of what happened. I will remember what happened on 9/11 the rest of my life.

On this day of reflection, remind yourself of what is important in life — God, love, family, friendship, and helping others. Prayers will be going out to each and every family affected by 9/11. We will never, ever forget. God bless America!