I was in my dorm room in Smith Hall at the U of Memphis, waking up to get ready to go to class, or to the hospital to visit my mom. I woke up, and turned the TV on and was confused as to what I saw. Every channel had breaking news of a terrible accident at the World Trade Center in NY. As I was watching this I picked up the phone to call my dad. My mother had been having a lot of trouble over the past few months and they finally figured out it was her heart. She had been moved to Methodist Central to have heart surgery. That was terrifying enough, but waking up to see the horrible plane crash (es) was super scary. As my dad answered the phone, the second plane crashed into the second tower. I remember crying and asking dad what was going on, who would do this, and then please tell me mom is ok. When I knew my mom was ok, I got of the phone with dad, and sat in my bottom bunk for most of the rest of the day. I didn't go to my morning classes. The afternoon class I went to because I had a professor who really didn't like me and would not excuse my absence for any reason. We all just sat there in shock and were completely silent most of the time.
I remember outside was very eerie no normal sounds. Memphis is a hub for Fed Ex so all air travel has stopped. Then reports that they were worried that memphis might be targeted next due to the fact that it was such a transportation hub. Life for the next few days was so different.
But, when I think about it, life was not changed for me really... This didn't happen to me at all. I pray for all those families, all of those people who lost their lives because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time, people who lost their lives for being at work or flying that day, people who lost their lives trying to save others. I will never forget this day as long as I live, but most of all I will not forget those heros and innocent people who lost their lives for this country that day. And because of this event... I will not forget those who have and are continuing to fight for our freedom each and every day.