September 11 Digital Archive: XML Document
Story:I was on my way to work when the attack started. It was just another normal morning drive to work. I was listening to the radio when they broke in to say that a plane struck the World Trade Center. I hoped that it was not pilot error that caused the crash. I had also said a prayer right then for the families of the victims. As I drove further down the road, the radio station I was listening to broke in again. I thought they had found more news about the crash. I then realized that a second plane had struck the World Trade Center. At that point, my heart sank to the pit of my stomach and I knew we were under attack of one form or another. When I arrived at work, the TV's that are spread across the floor were all on CNN and everyone watched as the towers fell and the reports came in about Pennsylvania and The Pentagon. Those events confirmed my belief that we were truly under attack.
Memory:My strongest memory of September 11th has to be watching the twin towers collapse into a mass of rubble knowing that there were still hundreds of people in the towers either unaware of the happenings or unable to leave.
Affects:My since of security has certainly gone up. I constantly watch my surroundings and look for anything out of the ordinary or suspicious. Coming from a military and armed security background, I keep myself in that same frame of mind as if I am always in danger.