Today marks the 11th anniversary of the darkest day in Americas history.
I hate writing about serious stuff here; we’re a freakin rock station. Occasionally however, I feel I need to.
The morning of September 11th was a beautiful day here in El Paso, as it was in New York. Clear skies, winter setting in and not a clue as to what else was coming.
I had been in a motorcycle accident a few days before and was laying in (what was then called) Thomason Hospital with a crushed head; hooked up to all kinds of different gizmos. Doped up on pain medicine and still hurting quite a bit, I wasn’t even sure if what I was seeing on television was real or not.
It was like being in the movie Groundhog Day. Every day, at the same time, the same things happened. The doctors and nurses made their rounds. My medicine was administered. The physical and speech therapists made their visits. The school busses arrived at the school across the street every morning and returned at the same time every afternoon.
And every time I turned on the TV, those planes hit the World Trade Center. Again. And again. And again. It was surreal.
That’s how I remember those days. Everyone has their own 9-11 memories. How could you not? Noone could ever forget that terrible day.
Everyone remembers where they were when they heard. What they thought and what they felt. They remember the worry, the fear and the uncertainty. Wondering who would do such a thing and, especially in military based communities such as El Paso, White Sands and Alamogordo; wondering what we were going to do about it!?
This is what we did:
We pulled together, we rallied and we rebuilt. We went after the sons of bitches that did it and we continue on after those who remain. We found a new unity and a new love for the freedoms and greatness that America offers.
We did NOT fall apart. We did not duck and run. We did not weaken. We did NOT do any of the things those attacks were meant to make us do.
We never will as long as we always hold together as a nation and as long as we never forget.
God Bless America and all her citizens. Especially those who put on that uniform and go off to protect her and to secure her future.
For them and for all; Never Forget.