I was sitting in my U.S. Politics class at New Bedford High School when I heard the news (a little ironic, I know). An announcement came on the intercom for ALL teachers to turn on their TV's to the local news station IMMEDIATELY. The World Trade Center was on fire, and apparently a plane had hit it. It seemed like everyone thought it was just a terrible accident at first. And then the second plane hit, and it was no longer an accident. Later, we'd learn that several planes had been hijacked and flown into the towers as well as the Pentagon.
I'm not sure if it was because of my age and innocence, or because what I was hearing was just so surreal that the severity of that dreadful day did not fully sink in.
I'm sure everyone remembers exactly where they were and what they were doing when that awful moment in American history happened. With the 10th anniversary of September 11th happening this weekend, it's important to celebrate the men and women of our military, firefighters, police offers, search-and-rescue teams and the thousands of Americans who joined forces to pick up the pieces after the those terrible events transpired. Millions of lives were changed that day, but millions more have worked together to make sure something like that never happens to our country again.
There are tons of September 11th tributes and memorial services occuring this weekend all over the country, so check your local newspaper or city website for more information.