Idaho remembers September 11, 2001
Today is a day that changed our country forever, September 11, 2001. It was the end of the innocence that America was invulnerable to an attack on our soil. Airliners have been transformed into cruise missiles designed to wrest our sense of security. Mohammad Atta and his hijackers did not succeed that day. The nation’s capital was saved that day thanks to the heroic sacrifice of the passengers on Flight 93. Todd Beamer’s phrase, “Lets Roll,” continues to inspire us all today. We lost so many Americans that day, yet twenty years later we have two generations who cannot remember these events.
For me, I was in the air when these planes hit the towers. It was an 18 hour broadcast day, coordinating local and national coverage. The raw emotion of the day still resonates in my mind twenty years later. I had the good fortune to go to New York three weeks after the attacks. My show was the first in the country to be broadcast from Ground Zero. Eventually, Glenn Beck and other local hosts from across the country did the same to raise awareness of the need to help this region recover.
While in New York City, I met a man named Nino and his mother Josephine who had opened his restaurant to Ground Zero salvage workers. It was a place where construction workers and first responders could eat without the scrutiny of the media. Nino’s was a place where a sense of normalcy reigned. These workers laughed and joked with each other before resuming their duty of rescue, recovery and reconstruction.
When I returned from New York, a church member called me to ask if it was possible for his youth group to come to New York to volunteer. I called Nino, and thirty kids from Alabama paid for their trip to New York to work in the kitchen at Nino’s. New Yorkers loved these Bama children. Their work at Nino brightened the day for these hardworking Ground Zero workers.
To this day, during our darkest time, I think of those New Yorkers and children of Alabama how God provided light to our world when we needed it most. This is my memory of September 11, 2001.
There are moments that define a generation.
If you are over 25, you can remember exactly where you were and what you were doing during the unthinkable attacks on our country on September 11, 2001.
When I heard that the second plane had struck the Twin Towers, I had returned from the ranch to Emmett. I drove past Freezeout Hill, where a year later we were going to dedicate a 9/11 memorial. Like many other Americans, when I heard what had happened, I spent much of the day watching the coverage on a small television in our office in Emmett, wondering what to expect. .
Like the first moon landing or the assassination of President Kennedy, there are historical events that will not escape anyone’s memory.
Today, two decades later, we reflect on September 11 – both our memory of the events and what we have learned from them.
We remember staring at the footage in horror, jaws lowered in disbelief as the second plane struck the Twin Towers and we as Americans began to realize that we were a country under attack.
We remember seeing terrified faces of Americans watching black smoke billowing from two buildings so massive they made Manhattan’s other skyscrapers look like toothpicks.
We remember hearing the screeching sound of sirens and seeing firefighters, police and other heroic first responders charging into burning buildings as others fled.
We remember seeing the Twin Towers crumble, ash and debris filling the streets in a way a bomb couldn’t, and the deafening and eerie silence that followed. An incredible amount of smoldering rubble has been piled up at Ground Zero.
We witnessed a huge hole in the side of the Pentagon – a building that symbolizes the strength of our U.S. military and where Brady Howell, from Idahoan and Rexburg, died that morning while working – and the image of soldiers and firefighters hanging a large American flag on the side of the building after the attack, a sign of our country’s strength and determination.
We remember seeing a hole in the ground outside of Shanksville, Pa., Where brave Americans on board took control of a hijacked plane with an unknown target – saving countless American lives.
We have heard stories of tragedy and heroism.
Just as we can remember specific details of what we saw and heard on that tragic day, we also remember our individual and collective reaction to the events of September 11.
We can remember a country that came together in a way rarely seen before.
We have all tempered our personal political views to come together and show strength and patriotism. We have inspired the rest of the world. American flags were visible everywhere.
Our younger generation has not experienced it, but those of us who have can share with them what we have learned – that in the midst of a crisis, we have the opportunity to bring together and build each other and build our country.
A year after 9/11, along with military personnel and first responders, Governor Dirk Kempthorne and I dedicated an American flag and memorial on Freezeout Hill to commemorate the men and women who lost their lives and the heroes who took action with bravery.
We will never forget September 11, and we must never slack off in helping future generations understand the lesson in patriotism that emerged from September 11 – which all of us, despite our individual and varied political views – can experience. a love for our country in a tragedy, and every day.
God bless America!
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