Another Thursday, another Thinking Out Loud Thursday, linking up with Running with Spoons.
Today is 9/11 and marks thirteen years since the terrorist acts that not only affected New York and Washington D.C., but the whole world. I do remember the exact moment that I found out about the planes hitting the World Trade Center Buildings and the Pentagon (my high school phys ed class). Every 9/11 I think about that day and how it changed the world. Tomorrow, my lesson plan for my law class involve reasons why laws change. One of the most known changes in recent times are airport security and changes in passport regulations. My students were toddlers when 9/11 happened and know nothing different in terms of how security is handled at the airport. They also do not remember 9/11 and I believe are a bit disconnected with the day. In today’s announcements, the students described 9/11 as a “terrible accident”, it was not an accident. They don’t remember what it was like that day, not knowing what was going on and the horror of seeing the buildings fall down. They don’t remember people just standing and listening/watching the news. School was pretty much off at my school. There was one student in my class whose parents were in NYC and she did not know if they were ok. Every generation has historical defining moments (Moon Landing, JFK assassination, end of WWII, Berlin Wall coming down) and I do believe my for people my age, it is 9/11.
I was not able to travel to New York City before 9/11, and therefore I never saw the World Trade Center towers before they were destroyed. I have been to NYC twice since then and both times I was able to go to the site. The site where the buildings once stood was just a hole in the ground, busy with construction, and surrounded by construction walls. One World Trade Center was just starting to be built the last time I was in New York. I have not been to the Memorial Site either. It will be a stop we will make when we go to NYC in November.
I really have no other thoughts for today other than thinking about the almost 3,000 people who lost their lives that day, their friends and family and all the people of New York City and Washington, D.C. whose hearts are most likely heavy today.