This morning was like most other mornings for me. I woke up and got ready, my wife had just finished feeding our youngest daughter when I was getting ready to leave. This is a little out of the norm as they are typically still sleeping, since she was in the kitchen when I was going to leave I gave her a kiss and a hug and it was one that just felt like it was really needed. I hadn’t put much more thought into it, and headed on in to the office. On my way in I stopped to pick up some morning snacks for the crew here and came on in to the office. Still, nothing really struck me about today.
In a meeting this morning Bryan Peters mentioned that it was in a meeting just like the one we were in at pretty close to the same time when the first plane hit 14 years ago. It is a memory that everyone with EXAIR 14 years ago remembers because someone brought a TV in from home and they placed it in the center of the office to try and learn what was happening. A very familiar setting as all of us throughout the country.
That made me think of where I was on this day 14 years ago. I was Sophomore at University of Cincinnati and had just left a class, I was heading back to the fraternity house that I was living in. On the walk back I got a message from a good friend asking if I was okay and if I had seen what was happening. Once I got to the house I went straight to the loft and turned on the TV. I sat and watched the news coverage with the few of us that were there at that time. t more messages and calls from friends on my phone asking if I had heard. It still was something I couldn’t wrap my head around.
On that day I will always remember the first person who contacted me and not knowing what was going on. I have been to the 9/11 site since then but it was before the memorial opened. Even though it was years after that horrific day there were still memorials surrounding the construction site.
When 9/11 was mentioned this morning I got to see each person I was surrounded by begin to relive that day in their own minds and think of where they were. Even though I wasn’t at the same place they where and I didn’t even know any of them, we all shared the same thoughts.
My thoughts and prayers still go out to the people that lost their lives on that day, and their families. And I continue to honor and respect the brave service men and women that choose to protect our freedom as we go about our daily routines.