by Sarah September 11, 2013


This morning as I left my garage, I noticed my husband had hung the American Flag outside. I smiled quietly to myself .

12 years ago today, I was 8 months pregnant with my 2nd child. My mom was due to board a flight in Australia to come and help me with my son as I was on bed rest. The phone rang around 7 am, it was her. She said to turn on the TV.  As I did NBC news was replaying a plane hitting the first tower. They then moved back to live coverage and in the course of my watching I saw the 2nd plane hit and the towers fall.

My thoughts immediately moved to my brother-in law who works not too far from the World Trade Center. Was he alright? Where was he this morning? Try and call…

Throughout the course of the day, we got snippets of information from family that were able to get through to him. He had come in early to work so he had taken the earlier train that would let him off under the World Trade Center. He was in a meeting with a view of the towers and watched the events unfold from his office. His wife, my sister-in law was on a plane from Newark to Washington DC. He walked many miles and across a bridge to get back to Newark to get his car and get home. His clothes were covered with ash and dirt but he was alright…

My daughter was born on October 11, 2001 exactly one month to the day of the September 11 attacks. My brother in law is her god father. He just celebrated his 60th birthday and we were all there to share in his day. He has always said to me that he is afraid people will forget what happened on September 11. My daughter will be 12 in exactly one month…

I have visited New York 3 times this year and each time, I look at the new tower that has been built and I remember that day like it was yesterday. I have not been to the site yet as it still is so painful for me but I took the photo above from my hotel room in January. My view: The New World Trade….I will never forget…

This morning as I left my garage, I noticed my husband had hung the American Flag outside. I smiled quietly to myself .





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