Reflections on 9/11
No. The term ""hero"" has always had a wide range in my life--from fictional superheroes, to mygrandfather who fought in WWII, to my mother who protects me to this day with her love andwisdom. Public safety personnel and ""ordinary"" citizens can both be heroes, as proven by 9/11.
When I first heard that a plane had hit the WTC, I thought it was an accident. I will never forget standing in the cafeteria of my high school, watching the live news coverage of the situation andseeing the second plane hit the other tower. At that moment I realized the planes crashes were not accidents.
What scared me the most was seeing the first Tower being hit and then the second tower being hit it was surreal.
Those folks on the plane that crashed in the middle of Pennsylvania instead of hitting the White House‚ I just imagine how they must have worked together to prevent further disaster. I wonder what I myself would have done if I had been on that plane, or in the World Trade Center. Would I have panicked? Or helped others? I don't need other people to see me as a hero if ever there were a crisis, but I sure hope I can keep calm and help others.
To me it was interesting to see a piece of steel from the World Trade Center. Everyone remembers seeing tv footage of the towers collapsing, over and over. But seeing the actual steel makes the whole thing seem real and impossible at the same time.