September 11, 2001: I will never forget

Twelve years ago today I was driving to work in Arlington, VA, immersed in bumper-to-bumper traffic and focused on the radio news reports, when I saw an enormous plume of black smoke looming just off into the distance. Minutes later I would hear that the Pentagon (which was less than 10 miles from where I was located) had been hit. I remember gripping the steering wheel, sobbing and feeling petrified, while praying for our country and all of the lives lost.

However, in the days following those ugly, horrific and cowardly terrorist attacks were reported acts of courage, bravery, kindness and love. We all seemed to come together as one, big grieving community, which served as a beautiful reminder that with all of our many differences, at our core, we are still one America.

I’m so very thankful for our country’s resilience in the midst of that tragedy and the sacrifices of all those lives lost…

Flowers decorate the memorial of David Laychak, a civilian Pentagon employee who was killed during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack. The American flag marks the area where the hijacked jetliner crashed into the building.  H. Darr Beiser, USA TODAY

Flowers decorate the memorial of David Laychak, a civilian Pentagon employee who was killed during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack. The American  flag marks the area where the hijacked jetliner                                crashed into the building.                              H. Darr Beiser, USA TODAY

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  1. I also remember. I was at work and someone said ‘look on the internet’. My first thought was ‘God Have Mercy”. My second thought was ‘Jackie drives pass there each day, is she OK?”. My third thought was “Jackie’s best friend,Tammy could be working on one of the flights, is she OK?”.
    Thank God, both of you were OK but I did pray for all who were lost/hurt and their families. In one second things can change. We must always remember that no matter what happens, God is in Control and God cares!

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