It was 10 years ago – September 11, 2001 – that terrorist changed the way we live in America.
I remember that gloomy day. I was getting ready in the morning and turned on the radio as I always do and heard about the attack on the twin towers. I immediately broke my morning routine to turn on the TV and couldn’t believe what I was seeing.
At first it was hard to believe – after all, I was watching this on TV. It was like I was watching some show or something. But it was a show that was on every station. Radio stations weren’t playing music – just continuous news reports. The local news was saying that there were a number of flights in the air on their way to Honolulu and military jets were on their way to escort them in.
Then it started to sink in. This was no TV show. This was real.
I continued to get ready and reported to work at The Advertiser. At work, it was hard to get anything done. The radio was on and everyone was in a somewhat stunned state talking about the events. I could image the newsroom was buzzing with reporters trying to verify every news story that was coming in.
And the emotions that were going through me… I was mad. I was sad. And I was scared.
Then reports came in that all flights have been grounded until further notice. My in-laws were in Vegas and schedule to return the following day. But their stay had been extended. I remember my father-in-law telling me that The California hotel was booked when he tried to make reservations so they were staying at Sam’s Town. However, after the events unfolded, my father-in-law called The Cal and luckily they were able to accommodate them until flights resumed once again.
But during the next few days after 9/11, I notice the eerie quiet of no airplanes in the sky. I was used to waking up to the sounds of the early bird flights heading to the neighbor islands. But the skies were silent.
Air travel was never the same since then.
Remember when we used to be able to go to the gates and stay with the folks who were about to leave? Not anymore. Now it’s – drop off at the curb, a quick hug, and get moving.
Yes, 9/11 has changed the way we live.
And let us not forget those Americans who lost their lives. Innocent people just trying to earn a living. And the rescuers who gave their lives trying to protect ours.
What do you remember about that solemn day 10 years ago?