I had that particular day off and was just lounging around watching television.
I was flipping around the channels when I stopped on Live with Regis & Kelly (I’ve always had a bit of a crush on Kelly Rippa). It was the top of the hour and they were just talking about “stuff” as they normally do. They then began discussing how a plane had crashed into one of the World Trade Center towers and were wondering how an accident like that could have happened. A live shot of the smoking building was shown as they continued talking about how they hoped everybody was going to be alright.
Then it happened.
When that second plane hit, my stomach felt like it dropped out of my body. I couldn’t believe what I had just seen live on television. I immediately switched over to CNN and continued to watch in shock and horror at the remainder of the day’s events.
Then word came out on the local news that the multitude of planes heading for the U.S. had to be diverted to various Canadian airports. At that point, I called the local Red Cross and offered my home as a hostel for anybody who needed a place to stay. I was informed that every passenger from every plane that landed in the Moncton, New Brunswick area had found a place to stay overnight. And from what I remember, that was the same in all Canadian airport cities that had numerous emergency landings…from Vancouver to St. John’s. As a Canadian, knowing that made me proud.
2,996 people perished on that day. People from all over the world were affected, including some of the very bloggers I read. While I can never truly understand how it felt to be directly affected by this tragedy, I know that this date in history will forever be etched into the global consciousness. This isn’t just a somber day for America, it’s really a somber day for the planet.
But having said that, it’s important to remember that this day didn’t only show the worst than humanity had to offer…but it also ended up showing the world the BEST it could be, as well.
Kindness. Compassion. Resolve. Tolerance.
It says something about humanity when it can live through an atrocity like 9/11 and find a way to turn it into a positive. That’s what I’ll always remember about this date…that while there is still some evil in this world, the good in people will always win out in the end.