As we remember this day on its tenth anniversary let us continue to live the message “WE WILL NEVER FORGET” which was posted at the hallowed Ground Zero in New York City shortly after the towers fell.
I was working as a nurse on a psychiatric unit. I was told of the first plane striking the World Trade Center tower by an 81 year old lady named Violet who believed she was pregnant with twins by a male nurse with whom she was infatuated. She came running down the hallway flapping like a henhouse chicken being chased by a fox with the news of the unimaginable tragedy.
Believing it was another one of Violet’s delusions my response to her (and I can’t believe I said it was) “Oh Ok that is nice, why don’t you go watch some more TV and tell me about it!” Moments later when I walked down the hall with her into the dayroom I was just in time to see the second plane hit the next tower.
Then it was my turn to run hysterically down the hall yelling to the other staff members. Will I ever forget that day, those images … No, and I will never forget Violet.
For days like the rest of the country I sat glued to the TV in total disbelief, mourning not only those lost lives but the lost of the world as we knew it. Not since World War II and the Japanese was any group or country brave enough to so boldly attack the “Home of the Brave.” Our country could certainly not stand back and do nothing! Our country’s strength and bravery was shown on the day itself in Pennsylvania.
In the days that followed the skies had an eeriness to them…no airplanes, never in my life time had that been the case. Our world and the way we travel had forever changed, not just for the families of the victims but for everyone in every corner of life.
For me personally my daughter Stefanie, serving in the US Coast Guard was stuck in Florida, unable to fly home for her own baby shower.
We all found a way to cope with our grief following the mind-boggling disaster. The loss of so many precious lives, the loss of their chance to pass on their life experiences and memories to future generations prompted my writing career; because of them I write and photograph just about everything.
Eight months after the shocking attacks I visited the sacred Ground Zero to pay my respects, so for that day and now I say to you…. “I WILL NEVER FORGET!!!”