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The Times they are A Changin'
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The Times they are A Changin'

Bob Dylan never sang truer words than these when I reflect upon September 11, 2001.  Today is filled with remembrances and somber reflection.  Watching the coverage takes me back 11 years.  I had the flu and was on my sofa watching TV after taking my little one to kindergarten.  My hubby was flying for a major airline and spent the night in Cincinnati with a broken aircraft.  He had been scheduled to spend the night in upstate New York but fate intervened and he was only 5 hours away.  I knew he would be heading to Newark around 9am so I had my phone ready for the pre-flight phone call.  Out of the drowsiness induced by flu meds, I noticed the news anchors talking about a small aircraft hitting one of the World Trade Center Towers.  They switched to live coverage when I saw a large, commercial airliner hit the second tower.  Having spent my entire adult life as part of an airline family, I knew immediately this was a wide-body plane and my heart sank.  I frantically called my hubby who was on the company bus to the flight line.  I told him what I saw as he was completely unaware.  I begged him to let me come and get him.  Being a military man as well, he declined and said his job was to fly no matter what.  Eventually, they grounded all aircraft and off to Cincy we went.   We ate dinner at the Montgomery Inn and it was the most somber mood I have ever witnessed.  It was incredibly busy and deathly quiet.  I got the sense that others came just for the life-affirming experience of being around other heartbroken people. 

Life as we knew it was irretrievably changed.   Joe spent the next several years on active duty as a Navy Pilot.  The kindergartner and his younger brother and sister have been raised as war babies.  Being in a military family, this has presented many challenges over the years.  I must say, however, that these challenges have made us stronger and more devoted to our country and family than ever.  Shortly after 9/11, we traveled to see Navy play football in DC.  The Capital was scarred but yet strong.  We saw Marine One land on the grounds of the White House as we prepared to leave for home.  We were unnerved by the site of visible snipers on the White House rooftops and on the Mall where our monuments reside.  A few hours later, we heard the news on the radio that the US had attacked Afghanistan.  It was surreal to think we had witnessed the start of this new war.  

Watching the coverage today has brought tears to my eyes and pride to my heart.  I am proud to be an American and I am proud of the legacy of service of our military families.  My heart aches with the loss of so many innocents, not just at home, but abroad as well.  We all have a story surrounding this horrific event and it has impacted all of our lives.  My prayer is that my grandchildren will not be war babies, too.

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