As we wake up this morning and start our hectic routine day, take some time and reflect on where you were on this dreaded day in 2001. This day will be tattooed in history forever. This event changed our lifes in many ways. It changed our families and friends in everything we do. Everyone remembers different things.
My memory is this: I was driving in the heat of a warm morning about 7 a.m. on my way to St. Cloud. I was going to attend a conference for my work, which at that time, was a crisis worker for the State of Minnesota.
As I was driving so peacefully listening to the music in my vehicle without a care in the world, like we all have many times in our life, not knowing at all what was going on in our nation. History making events. I arrived at my location and walked into the conference center only to be met with many people watching TV. Curious as I was I wondered what the big deal was with everyone watching TV and having this bewildered look on their faces.
As I started watching I remember asking someone what this was all about. I actually thought we were watching a movie only to find out how tragic this moment was. It seemed to get worse with every passing second. I started to reflect on my family and my fire department business. I actually remembered getting goose bumps of fear for our safety. I watched for what seemed to be forever only to realize it was only a few hours. Totally forgetting my real reason for being in St. Cloud.
My day quickly changed to the point that I left and drove home to think about what might be coming next. I remained glued to the TV for days. It was a very sobering day. With all this said I will leave you with this:
The morning of the attack I was stunned, I was shocked. I sat and watched as Americans flocked watching the news. I was wondering why? How could somebody be amused by destroying such beautiful buildings? Towering so high. People joined together cleaning the mess. Like it was a feather. Trying to reach the victims in distress. Firefighters, police, and medics scrambled to save their brothers.
For that day hundreds of them had left their fathers and mothers. None of these folks would ever return. Leaving so suddenly. Leaving their families to stand there and yearn. Wives and fathers with children. Children with futures. Problems that can’t be fixed with your average sutures.
The days of the past, they all seem to go by fast. But you will always have that one day that in your mind will never stray. That one day for me, Sept. 11, 2001. Remember it!.
When ashes and smoke blocked the sun. I am a proud American and always will be. I am the Brainerd fire chief and equally as proud.
So before you start your busy day remember those 343 firefighters that lost their lives in this huge tragedy. They will never be back to hug their families again. So take the time to hug your loved ones today.