Eight years ago but still so vivid

It was eight years ago - I had just walked my sons to elementary school. We lived on Shepherd AFB in Texas. My husband was in Korea on a remote one year tour. I was alone with a kindergarten child and a 5th grader. I got home and decided to go to town. I got up the road a bit but felt bad - don't know why so turned around. I made it through the housing gate before they locked everything down. I heard on the radio a plane had hit the world trade centers. I had a very sick feeling in my stomach. I went in the house turned on the TV to my utter horror watched a second plane hit and realized that something terrible had happened. The sirens went off on our base and I was terrified as my kids were at school. The base was locked down and if you know anything about bases that is not a good feeling. My kids school was just outside the base fence and I wanted them home with me. Fortunately, the base commander had a child there also so he personally went and escorted all the base kids through the fenced gate to the housing area. My children were home with me. But so many children were killed or orphaned that day and I just sat and cried for all the lost souls.
I didn't think anything worse could happen and then another plane went into the pentagon and the last plane went down by sacrificing themselves to save others.
A day of terrorists, heroes, lost loved ones, and a country in total mourning.
We all asked- Why? And to this day I still ask why?
This morning it still hits me- I still cry whenever I see a picture of 9-11 or hear of it. I will never forget that day or the feelings that I have involving it. It should not be forgotten.
I pray for all those families every day and pray that nothing like it happens again to anyone.
Please pray for all the families that lost a loved one and pray for our country that lost its feeling of security.
Just remember.

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  1. My son wore hand me downs from Morty and Morty was killed that day in the tower. A young man who was only married a year. My son decided to join the military that day and wears a uniform in memory of Morty. We now know the meaning of a "Living Nightmare". It is a scab on our hearts that gets pulled off every 911. I can't even bring myself to post about it.
    Joyce

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  2. This event is still so very painful for us, but we are so thankful for your husband and others in uniform who fight to protect our country. God Bless the USA!

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  3. It still tears me up to see all the images and think of all of those that we lost that day. I am so thankful to those that serve in our military to keep us safe. Shake your hubby's hand for me and tell him I said 'thank you'.

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  4. Absolutely. I say all the time this is our "when Kennedy was shot" moment in history. My parents always talked about knowing what they were doing and where they were when they heard he had been shot, well this is our and we have to teach our kids to never forget.

    Cheri

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  5. As a militray family I too was stricken by the fact that our daughter was not within my reach. I had been in a trainging program in TX and my Husband was in Hawaii. Luckily I had taken my kiddo with me and left her in my mothers care...once finding out about the horrible day's events. I rushed to a payphone and asked my mom to take my daughter out of school. She did so immediately!! Previously I had been stressed out about having pulled out of of her old school back home, but I was happy that I had done so--because I was able to get someone to her. That would not have been possible if she has stayed with my hubsand. Oddly enough (my child is now 16)and just last year she said- "Mom you NEVER told me ALL about 9/11"-- I was taken back..living on a military base she'd not been fully exposed to the detailed--I just assumed she knew it all. She didn't know about the planes at the Pentagon or in the fields of PA. She said she was stunned when she heard about it in school. It was not my intent not to tell her--It just never came up. She was so young when it happened-

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  6. Be sure to come by tonight around 9pm (Eastern time) for the announcement so you don't miss out. I promise-it good-really really good.
    Cheri
    Its So Very Cheri

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