Sunday, September 11, 2011

A Day of Rememberance: Remembering 9/11

(Image courtesy of Fast Company's Co. Design)
     Today marks the 10th Anniversary of the September 11th attacks... It seems like it all happened a year or two ago... Eric & I, like many others world-wide, remember exactly where we were when the towers were hit and the chaos began.  I was in my dorm at Virginia Tech that clear blue September morning and had just received a phone call from my father in law that a plane had hit one of the World Trade Center towers...  I turned on the TV to see smoke pluming from the North Tower & remember thinking, "Wow, that was a horrible miscalculation on some pilot's part."  It wasn't long until Eric came in from one of his classes & I told him what was happening.  The rest of the day, after we called all of our loved ones, we sat in my dorm room, glued to the TV, and the madness streaming from it.  The rest of the days & weeks were a blur & to this day we can not remember any other events that took place during the weeks after the attacks.  On this day and every day, we remember those that were lost, those that survived, and those that gave their lives on that blue September day. 

   It is so exciting to see the progress of the New World Trade Center and 9/11 Memorial in New York City.  10 years later, we are glued to the TV again... but this time to watch a nation remember, heal, and rebuild that which was lost in 2011. 

   We also found a 9/11 Memorial app called 110 Stories for your Android or iphone that creates a pencil sketch of the towers depending on where you are standing in New York.  Once you take the photo, you can submit it with a personal story from that day and share it with others.

     Eric is awesomely talented at building and constructing things.   We loved the World Trade Center in New York and had the special privilege of being able to visit and enjoy it in its prime. We were devastated in 2001 not only for all the lives lost, but for the wonderful structure that will never be replaced. We will always have a great memory of that place and it will always hold a special place in our hearts. This was Eric's way of creating a small tribute so that the World Trade Center will always be close at hand.  Although this is not Eric's design, he re-created the original by Spencer Rezkalla with no instructions or direction but by looking at photos of the original design.  With over 19,000 Lego pieces and over 2 and a half months of building, it is now proudly displayed in our home.

And this is simply, a heart-touching story from The Dog Files about the Hero Dogs of 9/11.   To help support these amazing search & rescue dogs, please visit the Search Dog Foundation.

Don't forget to visit the National September 11th Memorial Website.
(Images courtesy of the National 9/11 Memorial)

To learn how to get involved with or donate to the National 9/11 Memorial, click here.

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