Though 20 years have passed, if you are old enough to remember the events that took place on September 11, 2001, then chances are you’ve asked, or been asked the question…where were you? And like me, you can probably name the exact location you were at when life as we knew it changed forever.
This is the 20th anniversary of one of the most tragic days in modern US history. On September 11, 2001, 2,977 innocent lives were lost in the Twin Towers, at the Pentagon, and in a rural field in Pennsylvania. The tragedy set in motion by those events would change the course of life both in the US and worldwide.
At the time, I was working at a high tech company in Austin, Texas and taking a leadership class in the basement of our building. We had a TV in the break room. Someone came into the classroom and said that a plane had hit the World Trade Center. Everyone rushed to watch as the terrible events unfolded. I still remember the shock, the disbelief I felt at watching those planes hit the towers. And later, the towers crumbling to the ground. It was surreal.
With the anniversary of 9/11 approaching, let’s reflect on that day, remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, and think about how one day, 20 years earlier, changed everyone’s lives.