Driving to work on a beautiful Tuesday morning in North Texas I saw airplanes landing at DFW airport as I meandered my way around the airport. This was the route that I took to work every day. Planes landing, people moving around about their business. It was roughly 7:45 in the morning as I was getting closer to the office for another day.
I remember sitting at a stoplight near my office. Traffic was heavy in that area around the lights. A lot of medium sized business had offices in the area of my office. I looked out the window of my truck to see another American Airlines MD-80 with wheels down on the glide slope for another perfect landing. I cannot recall what radio station I was listening to, but I remember the song ending and the morning show being back on. They said they had some odd breaking news that a plane had hit the World Trade Center in New York City.
You have to understand that my background is in Criminal Justice. Immediately my mind went from the cool air coming in the window of the truck to we are under attack. I hoped that it was not true, but my gut feeling was we were being hit hard by terrorists.
I made it to work and like everyone who had heard the news I pulled up CNN.com. I recall the still images of smoke coming out of the first tower hit. I walked to the break room to see the live TVs. We had TVs at the office that showed CNN all the time. I was amazed at the number of people who were already in the room. Executives from the company standing with dumbfounded looks on their face. These were some of the smartest people I knew at the time and always had the look of confidence.
I left the break room to go back to work. Figured it was over and that the day would move on. It was a bit later that I was told by a co-worker another plane had hit. I could not believe it. I went back to the TVs. I could not believe the images of the police and fire fighters going directly to a building that was on fire.
We all know the rest of that story for that day. I was looking forward to that upcoming weekend. What is now the IZOD IndyCar Series was suppose to run at Texas Motor Speedway that weekend. My mom was supposed to fly down to see the event with me. Those things did not happen that week.
In the days that followed we mourned, we were angered, and we somehow tried to understand. Engines in race cars fell silent, baseball stopped, the week of NFL games was postponed, and nothing seemed regular anymore. Eventually our entertainment outlets went back to work, airplanes went back to the skies, and life returned to as close to normal as it could be after the attacks.
Flash forward 10 years later. Somehow it is hard to believe that it was ten years ago to this day that we witnessed the worst that humanity has to offer. We hope it never happens again in any form from what we saw on 9/11/2001, but who knows what the future holds. I am just glad and thankful that I live in a country that holds human life in regard, from all standpoints. We give the opportunity to all people to come to our country and make of themselves whatever they want to be. We are all given opportunity to go as far in life as we want, or just getting by if that is how you enjoy leading your life.
I am also thankful and proud of those men and women who rushed to help on that day, and to those who for the last 10 years have done the same thing in countless other emergencies and situations. I am thankful for our military and the leaders of our country that vigilantly stand guard to protect every American at home and abroad. Without these men and women, watching race cars circle the track and having a website like we do would not be possible. Having the freedom to say whatever we want in different situations would not be possible.
Troubleinturntwo.com pauses on the 10th anniversary of the attacks on September 11th, 2001 to remember those gave the ultimate sacrifice that day. We honor their heroism to all of us and our country. We will never forget and we will always stand vigilant. God bless you for reading my thoughts, and God Bless the United States of America.