I’ll never forget the morning of September 11, 2001…walking in our radio station’s newsroom right after the first plane hit the Twin Towers and watching the events unfold.
No one spoke. It’s was a deafening silence. Seconds seems to pass in such slow motion and what I was seeing on TV seemed so incredibly surreal. The enormity of the situation seemed to take forever to sink in. Everything was so hard to imagine, let alone believing what was being broadcast live on our television screens was reality…that is was really, truly happening.
And it was equally as hard to accept and fathom the lives that had been lost…so senselessly. Fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, grandmothers, grandfathers, sons and daughters who would not be going home that day. It was a day that changed us forever. A sense of innocence was taken away.
As we reflect and commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, one song always comes to mind.
The band ‘Live’ was releasing an album the following week, called “V”, and the single that radio stations had been playing from that new release was the track ‘Overcome’.
Within hours that song became the song that expressed the sentiments that everyone was feeling….it became the song that would be forever associated with 9/11.
These women in the street
pulling out their hair
my master’s in the yard
giving light to the unaware
this plastic little place
is just a step amongst the stairs
To all those who lost their lives on that horrible day ten years ago…we will never forget. And to all the heroes, that made countless selfless acts of courage that day…we thank you.