Today, We Remember......

One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center

Today, We Remember....…

It was a typical Tuesday morning.....fall weather, crisp and a little cool in the morning.....the hint of the season change was in the air. I was in my office when someone stuck their head in the door and said “there’s been a plane crash in New York City.” Walking down the hall to the break room, I saw everyone doing the same. I walked in the door and the TV was on and there on screen were the World Trade Center Towers with smoke billowing out of one of them. And just at that moment, a plane flew into the second tower. All the air went out of the room, it was like instantaneously being in a vacuum. And every one of us knew at that moment that this was no accident and that life as we knew it was forever changed.

Later I came to find that someone that I actually knew was among the 2,996 souls who transitioned on that day. I remember the feeling in the pit of my stomach as I realized that I was watching at the moment of his death.

It has been 18 years since that day.....September 11, 2001.....what became remembered as “9-11.” At times when I look at a clock and see that it is 9:11, I still stop for a moment and the images flood back from my memories of that day, of watching the world change. It was a day that showcased humanity at it’s worst and at it’s best.....hate and love.....tragedy and triumph.....selflessness, for reasons that were both right and wrong.....bravery beyond anything I could ever imagine myself doing.....and 18 years later I still cry.

Today we remember.

Jim Harger, M.Ed., LPC