Twelve years ago Wednesday, the nation and the world stood still in the
face of a shocking and unexpected tragedy — the terrorist attacks that
took down the World Trade Center towers, resulted in two more planes
crashing into the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania and the death of
almost 3,000 citizens.
myself was in a study hall period in high school when the principal
came over the loudspeaker to inform the school that a plane had flown
into one of the towers (later identified as the North Tower).
student from the class was going back and forth from the library — which
had a television — relaying details as they emerged and even sketching
diagrams on the blackboard of the scenes being broadcast.
was no more traditional learning that day. Classes were spent openly
expressing our fears, our confusion and our thoughts about why and how
this could happen.
Where were you on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001? How have your views and your world changed since?