9-11, 10th Anniversary

11 Sep

I feel like it would be bad form for the 10th anniversary of 9-11 to go by without me saying something about it, but I don’t have much to say.

I was a sophomore in college on September 11, 2001.  I was going to my 9am German Writing class, when the professor said that there was an attack on the World Trade Center.  Before that day, I didn’t even know what the World Trade Center was.  I had never been to NY, and I don’t know why, but I just didn’t know about it.  I think we had some of the class, and then we were let out early. I don’t really remember. I remember that all the other classes were cancelled.  I spent the whole rest of the day in my boyfriend’s dorm room, watching the TV, and feeling confused.  I was finally able to call my family in California, and explain to them that the plane that crashed in Shanksville was far away from Pittsburgh, and that I was safe.  I didn’t lose any loved ones on 9-11, I don’t even know anyone who did. I only remember constant rumors about all the other places that were certain to be attacked.  I remember the swell of feelings of community and patriotism in the months afterward.  But after that, I remember the bitterness.  That bitterness still hasn’t faded.


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