On September 11, 2001, I was working in Morrisville at a company call eMerging Information Systems and yes, they did spell that way.
About 10:30ish, I received a frantic call from my mother, in New Bern, telling me that a large aircraft, perhaps an Jetliner, had hit one of the large towers in the World Trade Center.
Since all employees at our location worked in a bullpen atmosphere, without cubicles or offices, I stood up, broke the silence of whirring keybords and loudly announced, "an airplane has hit the World Trade Center!
"My Mother is watching Fox News and says that an airplane has hit the World Trade Center and one of the buildings is on fire," I added.
Immediately, all 200 of us quit what we were doing and went to the CNN and Fox News sites to see what was happening, but what they had posted was minimal.
About 20-30 minutes later, my mother called again, with more news, about the second tower. By this time, no one could get through to any US news websites, so I went to check out what the BBC was saying.
Like with most people, I got nothing done for the rest of the day. I took a three-hour lunch at a nearby Golden Corral and watched the tragedy unfold on a tiny color TV set. Everyone there cried.
Upon returning to work, I sat at my desk in silence for the rest of the day. I put my head on my desk thinnking of the fallen victims in the worst terrorist attack on American soil. Four jetliners had crashed and over 3,000 people perished. What an awful day for our nation.
I was forced to sit at work and do nothing, as I had no vacation days built up yet. My boss wouldn't let me leave, though everyone else did. Ironically, the company folded just a short time later.
May God bless the victims, both living and dead. There is a special place in heaven for those who suffer due to that senseless, horrible tragedy, caused by people who want to force us to be part of their religion or be slaves to it.
Thank you to every member of our armed services, our veterans, and to those who will serve us in the future. Thank you for their families who support and love them.
Let us pray that we can prevent this type of tragedy from ever happening again. This day should be remembered in the same vein as is December 7, 1941.
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