There are many things in life that I cannot remember, but I still remember where I was 10 years ago on 9/11 in 2011 when this horrible terrorist attack occurred.
I was living in Newcastle, NSW and was in bed asleep. I then received a phone call from my mum at around 11.20pm that night on 9/11/2001.
Mum shouted through the phone for me to turn the TV on, which I did immediately.
I was then shocked as, within a few seconds of turning the television on, I saw on live TV the second plane fly straight into the second tower of the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center in New York.
My eyes were glued to the television as I stared in disbelief and horror at what was unfolding, live on the other side of the world.
My heart was breaking for these many thousands of people who were running, screaming, and trying to live, with flames burning above them in both towers of the twin tower buildings.
I was horrified as I saw people leaping from the 2 towers as they saw no way for survival and wanted to get away from the heat and flames that were engulfing the building that they were in.
Families and lives were being destroyed and there was nothing that I could do, but watch on in terror and pray for mercy for these people.
I could not go back to bed, I stayed up hoping that there would be good news and that people would be rescued and families brought back together.
Within a short time, I saw, again on live TV, the tower that was hit second fall to the ground in plumes of dust. The horror that I had felt before this shrunk in the realization that now many, many more lives were being destroyed than I had even considered previously!
As I continued to watch, I saw the tower that had been struck by the first plan also plummet to the ground, just as the first one had.
Now there were so many people running and screaming through the streets of New York. Many of them looked like aliens, covered in the thick dust that filled the air around ground zero!
The scenes were like something out of a sci-fi movie, but what was so horrifying was to realize that these were real lives that were, at that moment, being destroyed.
In the hours and days that followed I watched, with many thousands of others worldwide, in hope that survivors would be found. As the days went by without finding people still alive, the huge scale of this tragedy began to become clearer!
Children Left Behind
As months went by then I learned of the many women who were pregnant and gave birth to precious little ones, who would never know their dads.
Families were destroyed that day and I have to ask why.
As well as the attacks in New York there are also those who lost their lives on the United Airlines Flight 93 plane that crashed in Pennsylvania when the passengers fought with the terrorists for control of the plane. Then the attack in Washington D.C. was another part of this whole very sad day when flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon, killing 184 people.
There is so much that I do not understand about humanity and so much that I don’t understand about this day in particular!
- Why did it even happen?
- Why were lives and families destroyed?
- What did it gain anyone?
I still do not know any of these answers.
All I can say is that I hope we can take a moment to remember the many thousands who lost their lives and those who they left behind.
- Let us take a stand together and from this moment on commit to placing Value upon those around us.
- Let’s commit to telling those we care about how we feel, as we never know which day will be our last on this earth.
- Let’s learn from this awful tragedy the importance of every day that we have on this earth and let us commit to making the world a better place for our children and future generations!
God’s Presence Comforts Each One Who Allows Him To
I know, beyond all doubt, that our Lord God was there that awful day with each one! And over these past 10 years, He has continued to be with each family member and friend who lost loved ones.
Here is a short video clip showing graphic images from 9/11/2001. Watching this video and hearing the man’s voice speaking as God, I wept. God was with each of those ones in the Twin Towers and in the planes and is still with the families who were left behind.
God is with each of those young children who never got to meet their daddies!
Watch this video and let His Holy Spirit touch and speak to your own spirit.
Until next time, Remember to Enjoy Life, Smile at a Stranger and Make a Difference in the World!
Leanne Annett <><