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On September 11, 2001, as I walked into the girls locker room at my middle school to get read for my first period PE class. The first thing I noticed was that no one was getting changed. One of the boys' PE coaches came into the locker room visibly upset. He and the two girls' coaches went into their office and started talking. The coaches came out and turned the television on. That is when I saw what was happening. I saw the smoke billowing out of one of the World Trade Center buildings. I sat there, transfixed. I couldn't really understand what was happening, but I knew that it was bad. I found out later that the boys' PE coach's brother was a New York Fire Fighter. In second period my mother, like many others, signed me out of school. I remember walking quickly down the hall knowing that if my mother had signed me out early and if she was that worried, whatever was happening was really, really bad. Later, at home, I remember watching the footage on television. I still didn't completely understand what was going on, but I was scared. I remember watching the footage of the rubble. The billowing smoke. The flames. The people with no choice but to end their lives. The crying. It was a lot to take in for a seventh grader.
Even though I did not lose a love one on September 11, I cried along with the rest of the country. The biggest impact that 9/11 had on me, was that it was the day that my husband decided that he was going to join the military. At the time, he was only in eighth grade. Since we met, I have had the opportunity to meet many brave soldiers who love our country and will do whatever it takes to protect it.
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of those who lost family and friends on 9/11. My heart breaks for you and what you are going through. To those who serve our community, fire fighters, police officers, and other first responders, I am so thankful to know that there are so many who are willing to help me if something happens. To those who serve in our military, I sleep better at night knowing that you are out there protecting our country and defending my freedom.
Never forget to be thankful.
Never forget what happened.
Never forget those who lost their lives.
I will never forget.