9/11. 10 Years Ago.
My husband and I send all warm wishes, and our sincere condolences to our U.S. families and friends.
This anniversary is like no-other.
How can it be 10 years ago? It is.
We remember this:
- It was in the wee hours of our morning, that our son woke us to tell what he had just witnessed via the TV screen in our front room.
- He was awake to see "it" - the tragedy and terror- unfold via live TV because he had returned from his evening shift at work.
- We all felt sick. We felt disbelief. We could not stop watching as our screens were filled with sights, and sounds, never seen beyond a Hollywood effects movie.
- I went to work. As a school principal.
- The school's location, around 30 minutes west from our place, housed Sydney's Royal Air Force Base.
- Many students who attended the school had parents, and relatives who worked there.
- From the time I arrived, I was dealing with students who worried about Mum's or Dad's job, and what would happen if they same "thing" i.e. terrorism struck here too.
- I was also leading a group of teachers who were, like me, affected by the horror. The sheer size and magnitude not understood.
- The air force base went into Lockdown mode. For the first time anyone could remember.
- It is said that the world changed that day. I agree.
- Air travel became a new experience...in security measures, and added restrictions, as I found when I visited the U.S. in 2006.
- "It's because of 9/11" was the catch cry.
- We never forget. The sights. The stories.
- In fact this week, we have re-visited much of the day the world change via our TV screens.
- None of us could predict "that day" nor I guess the ones ahead.
- However, I am coming to U.S., specifically to New York City, in July 2012.
- My first, and most important part of my stay, will be to visit, and pay my respects to the people, whose lives were lost, irreparably changed, on 9/11/01.
Denyse Whelan. Blogger. Educator. Consultant.
www.denysewhelan.com.au Twitter: @denwise1