Many families were impacted by the attacks on New York City, Washington, DC and Shanksville, PA. Our family was not immune. My sister and her husband both worked in New York City. My sister was seven months pregnant with her first child and worked several blocks from the World Trade Center. Her husband worked in the World Trade Center south tower. The Fates were somewhat kind to them that day. Due to traffic on the New Jersey Turnpike, they were behind schedule. While crossing the ferry into Manhattan, they noticed smoke coming from the north tower
. They were walking to work when they witnessed the second plane, United Airlines Flight 175
, slam into the south tower
and the resulting chaos that ensued. They were wise enough to know this was no ordinary accident and immediately made their way to the ferry back to New Jersey. Due to the shutdown of the public transportation system, they walked for hours to return to their car. We waited anxiously for word of their safety, relieved when the phone call arrived.
Our family was fortunate that day, but the families of 3,030
American citizens and foreign guests
were not so fortunate. As Mr. Aznar so eloquently stated, we must fight this war until victorious as "this is the debt we owe to the victims of the attacks, and to the society that mourns them."
9/11 is a day we shall never forget, and an attack we will never forgive.
Posted by bill roggio @ 11:07 PM