I was a supervisor for an airline at the time. It was the start of my weekend and I had just woke up to birds chirping and the calm feeling of the early sun shining through my window. That awesome feeling of "hey...I don't have to do anything today!" It was a good morning.
The first thing I always do is turn the news on and start making coffee. At the time I had one of those giant big screen TV's that looked more like the front of a mack truck than a TV. And just like a Mack Truck it took few seconds to warm up and come on so I walked away to make coffee. From the other room I could hear the commentary... "There has been an aircraft incident in New York City. An aircraft has appeared to have crashed into the World Trade Center." The first videos and pictures were just starting to show up on the news of the smoke billowing from the first building. "How in the hell does this even happen? Being in airline industry, this was my first thought. "Who is the idiot?" Then the second one hit in real time...live. I will never ever forget the feeling in my gut. Watching it all unfold live on a big screen TV thinking "this can't be real, I've seen better special effects in the movies." We were shut down at work for 4 days. Large commercial aircraft were ordered to immediately land and they filled our smaller tarmac. Confused displaced passengers filled the terminal, all of them wondering what had happened and how/when they could get home. I still remember looking up at the clear blue sky for the next 3 days and not seeing a single contrail. Our world had changed forever.
It's really hard to believe that there is an entire generation running around in the world now that didn't experience this day of death, destruction, suffering, heroism, selflessness, and patriotism. We were "one country". The place wreaked of patriotism, gratitude, and loyalty.
I won't ever forget. 🇺🇸