I know everyone can remember where they were when they first heard about the senseless attacks by terrorists back on 9-11-01. I was at work in a doctor's office. We had a TV in the waiting room. The office manager came back where I was and told me what was happening. I immediately went out in the waiting room to watch in horror. There was only 2-3 patients there at the time and we were all glued to the TV. The other doctor who shared our office (he was not seeing patients that day) was also there watching. We watched in stunned silence, shock, and horror as the tower's were hit and then hearing about the Pentagon. Once I heard about the Pentagon it suddenly dawned on me that my stepdaughter was working in Washington, DC at that time. I didn't know where in DC but I knew she was there. That sent a new fear through me. She works for a company that produces software out of NC and they were there training employees at a company that had purchased their software. I dug her business card out of my purse and then got on the phone and called the company that she works for in Charlotte. They told me that they had not been able to be in contact with any of their people yet but they were desperately trying to find out about their safety. They took my name and told me they would call me as soon as they had any word. I then called her mother in Ohio and told her that I was trying to find out. She was beside herself with worry as I knew she would be. She also had called the company. We promised to let each other know when we knew anything.
I went back to the TV to watch and then to see the added horror of the buildings falling and all the dust and debris and the people all running in panic.
I spent some more time watching and then I finally called her company again. He said that he had just gotten contact from the team leader of their group and that they were all safe. He didn't know where they were exactly when she had called but that they were safe. He said that they would try to rent a van to go and bring them all home as soon as they could. Then I had that wonderful relief that she was safe and I called her Mother to let her know. She was very grateful and thanked me for making the calls, etc. I knew she was too upset to do it since she was crying on the phone each time I talked with her, and that is certainly understandable.
In a few days they did send a van and brought them all back home. They were working a block from the Pentagon and heard the airplane hit and saw the smoke. Then their building was evacuated and they had to walk back to their hotel. She said everything was pretty much in chaos and they, like the rest of the world, was in shock. They watched from their room then and found out what all had been going on. She did call later that day.
Such a senseless stupid act that killed so many innocent people. My heart goes out to the families who lost loved ones. I'm sure many of the survivors have their own difficulties dealing with the memories as well.
We are never safe though. I pray that our country will not let their guard down and always be vigilant in this area. I'm sure the evil ones are always looking for an opportunity to do something else to kill as many as possible. We must all be alert. I pray that God will protect us from anything like this again.
I must say I agree with the sign on this truck below whole heartedly!