“A second plane has hit the World Trade Center”, was the announcement on the radio early in the morning on the West Coast. Awakened to a horror that millions were witness to—soon capturing the attention of billions around the world. None of it seemed real. And then the buildings came down.
The first plane to hit WTC was American Airlines Flight 11, which on September 11th, smashed into the North Tower instantly killing all on board and fatally trapping 1,344 people.
Only a day before 9/11, a friend of mine, singer-songwriter Lea Longo, had travelled on the same AA flight path as Flight 11—Boston to LA—and was shocked when she heard the news about which planes had been hijacked and diverted.
We wrote a song called “Remember This Day” and performed it on several cable channels in Southern California in the aftermath of 9/11. You can listen to it by clicking on the video link here, or watch the embedded video on this page.
“Remember This Day”
I didn’t believe that it was true Couldn’t believe that no one knew What the future of our lives could ever be...
Like a picture from a movie scene Like a moment in a terrible dream Fire was falling from the sky People were running for their lives...
Remember this day For all of the ones that lost… Remember this day For all of the blood it has cost… Remember this day The innocents who fell down Their Spirits all live on forever And we will make it through somehow If we remember this day…
“9/11 fundamentally changed our way of life, the way we travel, it instigated wars leading to hundreds of thousands of dead, wounded, displaced; we’ve wiretapped without warrant, tortured, and sent the drones in. Protected civil liberties have been sacrificed for security.”
It is altogether fit for us to pause and reflect on the tenth anniversary of that life shattering event, never forget its impact upon our reality—and dedicate ourselves to investing time and energy toward incrementally building an environment of care, compassion and strength through which the repetition of that catastrophe is as close to impossible as possible.