Thursday, September 11, 2008

Remembering 9/11

Taking time to remember and honor those lost on 9/11

It is so strange to me to think that my kids will be raised in a post 9/11 world, that they weren't here before that day 7 years ago. I remember exactly where I was. Mark and I had just gotten married and moved to Madison, WI in July. I still wasn't working and was home in bed when Darcy called and told me to turn on the tv. I remember calling my sister Liz and that she was so terrified that she wanted to pull Austin out of school. I didn't want Mark to go to class. He was on the phone with a professor when the first tower fell. I was home all day in our apartment, glued to the tv with the rest of the world, but all alone. It's hard to imagine that 7 years have passed.
Pictures from when Mark and I visited NY and Ground Zero in April 2003.
NY Stock Exchange, April 2003

As close to Ground Zero as we were allowed

The observation area at Ground Zero. Walls were written on, fliers, pictures of victims posted.

A building still covered in a black shroud at Ground Zero. Mark took this shot of me filming (in the middle)

Where were you when you first heard the terrible news? Here's Cathy's story and Renee's.


Anonymous said...

Hi Jenny!
I love the picture of Alexander and it is great that you are remembering that day. I remember that day so well and Megan even this morning remembers it so vividly and she was only 6 at the time. We were stationed at Camp LeJeune and Scott and I were both at work and he called me right after the 2nd plane had crashed and said that all civilians that worked on Base were to leave and that they were closing the Base schools. I stopped first at Megan's school because it was on my way home and then we went to the High Scool to get Chelsea and Jessica and that is where it got really scary because there were alot of parents there and once you got your child signed out, they were only letting 1 family at a time out the door and you had to run to your car. We found out later that evening that they were worried that they might try and attack the Base because we were on the largest Military Installation on the East Coast. I know I will be saying an extra prayer today for all the service members still fighting this war that started from this tragic event and even more so because now not only am I a Marine Wife, I am also a Marine Mom (Chelsea graduated Boot camp on August 8th).
Your cousin, Denise

Anonymous said...

I remember it clearly also. I called my family and my close friends. I had the urge not to go to work and to grab my kids and stay home and hunker down. I remember talking with my husband about what we could do if we had to, it was very "Red Dawn". We knew where we would take our little camper to get away from potential war. Our camper had heat and air so we would be okay for quite a while. I am thankful that it did not come to that for us. I do however reflect on the how this has affected to people around me. I work in a school and just this week one of my former students was injured in Iraq. In a card to him, all I could do was thank him form my safety and wish him a speedy recovery. I just hope that he will be able to see out of his right eye. We are very lucky to live in this country. I think sometimes a lot of people forget that. I pray for our service men and women and that we will have a government that will bring all of those who have sacrificed so much home safe and sound.
the prairie

JRS said...

That's quite the story, one I hadn't heard. Congrats to Chelsea!

the prairie-
Thanks for the phone call that morning. Worst wake up call ever! JK. Hope that young man is OK and all our service men and women get home soon.