Sunday, September 11, 2016
9-11 In Memoriam
There was something "spectacular" over the acts of terrorism we all witnessed on live broadcasting on September 11, 2001. Events that usually unfold under the cover of darkness or in remote places were happening before our eyes.
I am guessing most of us, who are old enough, have a vivid memory of where we were and what we were doing when we got the news fifteen years ago.
I had just been released from hospital the day before and was still on sick leave. My father called on the phone and told me to turn on the TV because there was something going on in America. Swedish television was also broadcasting live.
Just a few seconds after I had turned on the TV-set - and before I understood what was going on - the television screen showed a passenger airplane flying suspiciously low close to the tower that had been hit first. Then I saw the plane steering right into the second tower, flames erupting around the hole that had been caused in the structure halfway up on the building.
I was baffled, shocked, sad, angry and frightened. After seeing that I remained in front of the television all that day and well into the night to follow the news. There were many speculations concerning the amount of casualties, so once the true numbers were released I was strangely relieved that they were much lower than the initial speculations.
2,996 people died in the attacks and many more were wounded, it's a scary thought that I could feel relief at such a high toll.
In my mind's timeline there will always be a before or after 9-11, Everything changed, or at least my outlook on everything changed,
I will always remember that day and all the lives that were lost and disrupted. May the dead rest in peace!