With such a national tragedy as occurred on Sept. 11, 2001 in New York City, Washington, D. C. and the fields of southwestern Pennsylvania, everyone’s lives were deeply affected. Now that it is the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, some people may be ready to talk more about their feelings and reactions that day and the weeks that followed. Just like any great event (attack on Pearl Harbor, the Great Depression, the day President Kennedy was shot) if only we had talked to our grandparents, great aunt or even a second cousin of their own reactions and feelings, it can provide future descendants greater insight to that person’s life and the times they lived. Many times it take years for a person to open up when such tragedies occur. With the beginning of the second decade, this just might be the time to try and interview some family members of their thoughts of Sept. 11th. Make sure to do your own personal reactions, record those for the future.
This date is also recognized as Patriot Day, to remember the 2,977 persons who died and thousands injured on 9/11. It was established just a month after Sept. 2001 by the U. S. Congress. A special moment of silence is observed at 8:46 a.m. (EDT), the time that the first plane crashed into the North Twin Tower. All U. S. flags are flown at half-staff.
My own remembrance is for Ralph F. Kershaw, from Manchester-By-Sea, just north of Boston, who was on United Flight #175 when it struck the South Tower of the World Trade Center. His business as an expert on boats and surveyor of yachts was to have taken him to Los Angeles, California and then onto Singapore in Asia. He left behind to remember him was a wife, daughter and two twin sons.
We will not forget.