Monday, September 11, 2006

9/11/2006

Five years later.

Watching the CNN footage from September 11th, 2001 brings it all back. Not to say that things have been forgotten, but watching the events of that devastating day happen in real-time again certainly makes you feel like you just stepped into a time machine and went back in.

The footage on CNN changes from coverage of a fashion show in New York, normal life, to video of the first tower on fire with smoke billowing from the top portion of the WTC, surreal. Reporters begin speculating on the causes of the accident, and after some time, a second plane is seen hitting the second tower live on CNN and the speculation ends. It finally starts to dawn on people that this is an attack. The resulting chaos, confusion and horrific interviews with witnesses only get worse as the towers begin to collapse and news comes of further attacks in Washington and a 4th plane crashing in Pennsylvannia. The cloud of smoke and dust hanging over Manhattan with the Statue of Liberty in the forefront, horrible.

Where were you 5 years ago today? I think that is a very common question when events of this scope occur. I remember it like it was yesterday. (to use the old cliche) I remember walking down the hallway near the morgue in the Ottawa Hospital's General Campus coming back from a support call when a coworker walking by mentioned something was going on in New York. I remember people huddling around TV screens throughout the building and watching in quiet shock as the events of the day unfolded. I remember the hospital announcing to the staff that we would be preparing for casualties from these attacks or from other possible attacks, casualties which thankfully never came.

On this solemn anniversary, we must not only remember those who lost their lives, but continue to band together against the extremists who would see our way of life destroyed. The overwhelming feelings which comes from these events is anger. Anger at people so hypocritical as to condemn our way of life, indulge in it for months (or years in the case of the London bombings) and then lash out in such a cowardly way. Anger at our leaders for not protecting us from such attacks, as unbelievable as they may be. Anger at the mistakes which have been made in our response to these attacks.

Never forget.

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