September 11th

There are certain events that are nothing short of massive events in the history of the World. Sometimes polarizing, but always considered landmark events, for better or worse. The destruction of the Hindenburg, Neil Armstrong setting foot on the Moon, the Berlin Wall being torn down, World Wars 1 and 2, etc.

Today marks the sixth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York City. It was certainly this generations “big” event. Most can tell you where they were or what they were doing when it happened. The world (at least as it pertains to North America) has certainly never been the same since (ask anyone who travels).

I can tell you that in my case, I woke up to the news. I was using the same clock/radio/alarm that I’d had since I was 11, and it would only tune to one station – a talk radio/news station. So the words that woke me up were “there has been a massive explosion or bomb dropped on the Pentagon.” Obviously this was huge, but I wasn’t awake yet, and even after a shower it hadn’t meant much to me.

The I got some breakfast together and turned on the TV. Hole E. The Cow. There it all was, right on the screen. Planes crashing, news of terrorists and hijackings, you name it.

I headed to work (I worked in the office for the BC Lions Football team at the time), where we started the day with a board meeting, then raced back to our computers to find streaming video sites showing the latest news. It was crazy.

September 11th is sort of a date that will go down in infamy. To a lot of different people it means a lot of different things, but it’s safe to say it brings up some sort of feelings or emotions for most people.

What’s sad is that the massive number of lives lost on that day has been doubled by th e activities that have taken place as a result of that day.

Anyhow, let’s take a minute to remember all those that were lost. All of them innocent victims. It wasn’t their fault that certain political leaders didn’t see eye-to-eye. I still say the best way to settle disputes between countries is in the octagon, or on an American Gladiators-style show.

I’d watch it!


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