On that beautiful September morning in 2001, we were just getting ready to turn off the morning news program and start school. They announced that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center. I headed out to the kitchen for a drink, and Nate called, "Mom! Another plane just crashed into the other building!"
I knew we'd get no school done that day. We spent all day and night glued to the TV watching, trying to figure out what was happening and what this would mean for us as a nation. Two more planes crashed that day, one into the Pentagon, and one in a farm field in Shanksville, PA.
Just a year or two later we stopped to see the sight of Flight 93's crash. We were able to speak to the farmer who watched the plane crash into his field. There was a fence there then that people hung stuff on - photos of those killed on that flight, stuffed animals, badges from many, many first responder companies.
There was also a newspaper article from the local paper, that was in plastic page protectors. It was from the day off the crash or the next day, I don't remember, but what I do remember is reading that one of the items found on the ground was a Bible. The pages were singed and it was open. The only other thing on the ground was a smoking tire. Everything else was in the hole the plane made as it went nose first into the ground.
Fire fighters spoke of how they expected to see a debris field strewn all over the ground. There wasn't. The farmer told us that Todd Beamer's wife Lisa, told him he should come to the viewing sight every day and tell people his story so that they would know what happened, and not forget.
Now there is a big memorial on the site. We've not been there since that opened though, we've stopped a few other times.
Fourteen years is a long time, and two of my children were not alive when this horrific event happened. We tell our children our memories of that day, and our older children talk of it, too.
I'd love to hear your stories, your memories of that day.
Here is an interesting story about the story I was telling you about the Bible found in Shanksville.