Saturday, September 11, 2010
Remembering September 11th
I will never forget in the hours and days that passed all the news reports, the pictures of loved ones missing posted everywhere and just the sadness in everyone's eyes. How total strangers would touch someone's shoulder or give a hug to comfort one another. I knew two people that died on that tragic day. One woman, Joann Rubino, who was a friend of the family and the other was Daniel Crisman my friend Danielle's fiance. They were good people who did not deserve this to happen to them.
As every day that passed, you would see how people changed. I changed. You were cautious of your surroundings, but, you went out of your way for anyone that crossed your path. The way that people used to perceive New Yorkers that we were rude and selfish was long gone. People were now seeing the real New Yorker. We are strong, resilient, supportive, caring and we know what we want and we are not afraid to express it. We speak the truth and stand by our word. But, if someone needs help or is in danger, we are there to help them.
I remember when I was younger my parents would take my sister, my brother and I up to the top of Twin Towers and we would stay up there for hours. Whenever, we would drive from Brooklyn into Manhattan I would always treasure seeing the skyline. We would go to the promenade in Brooklyn to see the fireworks for the 4th of July. I also had my senior prom at the Vista, which being 17 and seeing the Twin Towers at night for your prom was thrilling. For my birthday in August 2001, my friends and I went on a dinner cruise that went around Manhattan. It was so beautiful seeing the skyline at night and especially how beautiful downtown and the Statue of Liberty looked. We were all saying to each other that we should all plan a night to go out to dinner at Windows of the World...which unfortunately we never got to do.
My thoughts and prayers are with those lives lost and families who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001. Thank you to all the first responders from the FDNY, NYPD and the NYARNG (101 Cav, 69th IN, 256 FA) who risked their lives that tragic day. Thank you to all the men and women who defend our freedom by serving in the Military. We will never forget!!