Like I'm sure everyone else in America, I can remember exactly where I was when I heard about the planes crashing into the twin towers.
It was my senior year in high school and we had just gotten to our seminar class, with Mr. Porter. He was really strict and never let anyone talk. I remember him telling us there was a rumor that planes had flown into the twin towers but he couldn't confirm it. He let us talk to our friends in class, seeing if we knew anyone in NYC, or who worked in the towers. I remember talking to my friend Jessie, and neither of us knew anyone there. I think seminar was only about 30 or 40 minutes, and then I was going to my computer class with Mr. Thomas. I was anxious to go to this class because I could get on the internet and see what had happened. The internet was sooooo slow and none of the websites were loading, and I knew something bad had happened, but I didn't know the extent of it. I think there was a PA announcement, and they confirmed it was a terrorist attack on US soil and said that the TV's in the library would be on with news coverage for the rest of the day. The classes were supposed to rotate in and out of the library so we'd all be informed. I spent my lunch hour in the library watching too; I did not want to go back to class. I have no idea what happened that afternoon, I just remember being glued to the TV, watching in horror. I remember getting home from school that day and seeing my mom and sister. We all just stood in the living room with the news on and hugged each other. There was nothing we could say. I wondered if the draft would come back. I remember shortly after it happened, how everyone came together in America, we were supportive. We were together and united.
I remember in March 2002, my parents took my sister to a concert at the state theater for her birthday. I remember sitting in my room, doing homework, watching the news (I was a responsible teen!!) and I remember the news saying we were officially going to war. I remember being in my room, all by myself, home alone, thinking "we're going to war." It was a scary thought.
Little did I know (or expect, honestly) that 6 years later, how much of an impact the events of those days would have an impact on me. Seth and I "met" in March 2008 online (when he was in Iraq for deployment #2). When we were exchanging emails, he told me he joined the Army shortly after 9/11, fully expecting to be deployed.
I never ever expected those events to have such an impact on my life. I am soo thankful and PROUD of MY soldier, and the rest of the soldiers, marines, airmen, seebees, police, firemen and women and everyone else who volunteered in any way shape or form after the events of 9/11.