September 11, 2017

It’s September 11th, Friends. Where were you 16 years ago, today? What were you doing?

Last year, some friends and I were reflecting, and Nicole Keenum mentioned that the kids in our classrooms were too young to remember the terror we all felt THAT day. Wow. That got to me, because, though I knew it happened years ago, it seems like yesterday and the memories of the day are so vivid….

Guy and I hadn’t been married a year. We were living in Alberta. Our clock radio was on, as we were getting ready for the day. The regular broadcast was interrupted, as the first reports started coming through. We rushed to turn on the TV and spent the rest of the day glued to it, questioning what we were seeing and worrying for those directly involved; worrying for my father-in-law, Gary Smith, who was oversees on business; worrying for my brother, Jake Schaffer, who was serving in the United States Marine Corp; and worrying for what the future held for ALL of us.

These were the days before social media, before people voiced their opinions behind the veil of anonymity. If you recall, less than a year before, President George W. Bush won the election after a recount in the closest race since 1876 and yet, for all intents and purposes, it appeared that our nation BANDED TOGETHER.

This post is not meant to be political, for those that seem to turn everything that way. Rather, it’s meant to serve as a reminder that we should never forget this date, and it’s up to us to educate those who are too young to know what 9-11-11 FELT like.

Lest we forget.

Where were you? Do you remember?

 

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