Yes, today is Sept. 11th and a lot of us have very special and heartfelt stories of where we were and what we experienced that day.
On that day, I remember sitting in my office on the 10th floor of the John Hancock Building in Chicago. I worked in radio at the time and I had morning drive airing in my office. I remember the phone calls, the programming interruptions and the scariest sound I heard was the alarms going off in the building telling us to evacuate.
Writing this, I can still feel the fear going through my mind as if it was that day of not knowing where to go to be safe and what was going to happen next! All I kept thinking about is how the heck do I get out of downtown Chicago just in case we’re the next target! I remember people from the building collecting together by the lake and comforting each other.
I didn’t have a boyfriend at the time, no family near, and I didn’t have a car. I felt helpless and alone. My heart goes out to every single person who had a family member or loved one that was injured or died on that day. From the people who worked in the buildings, the people on the planes, the first responders and all the everyday people who just jumped in to help out as best as they could. Seeing those images today remind me that real Americans bond together to help each other out no matter what their political beliefs are, the color of their skin or their economic status. When things get rough, we Americans don’t think twice, we just help!
The recent tragedies in Houston, the islands, and in Florida are living proof that our love for our fellow man has not died. That’s why I love living in America and I’m proud to be an American! Let this day be a constant reminder of that fact!