One of those moments I remember was the announcement over the P. A. system that President Kennedy had been assassinated. The other was when our daughter and her husband burst into my Dad's house to announce that we needed to turn on the TV, America had been attacked.
What had been a celebration of my Dad's 90th birthday became something else. We were all many miles from our homes. Our daughter, son-in-law and their two older children had driven from Arizona to Illinois. We had flown. Plans to return home were up in the air as we watched in horror the planes, the collapse of the twin towers and the Pentagon and Pennsylvania aftermath.
We borrowed a car to drive home as the airlines could not tell us when we would be able to return as all air travel had been suspended. It was an eerie drive as there were no planes in the air. People sat in shock in restaurants with eyes glued to TVs as America tried to make sense of it all.
Later that year, I created this quilt that traveled for 3 years with an American Quilter Society Author exhibit. If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know I showed this to you last year as well. We cannot forget the heroes of the day nor those who lost their lives.
On September 11, 2001,
Lives were lost,
Heroes were born,
Faith was re-examined,
No American was unaffected
and one American, Todd Beamer,
immortalized the words,
Let's remember to thank the heroes who protect us daily -- the Police Officers and Fire Fighters and our government leaders. Even in an election year when emotions and feelings are strong for one party or another, let us remember we are Americans first and foremost.