Tuesday will be the 17th anniversary of the attacks on the twin towers, as well as the two planes which crashed, one into the Pentagon and one into a field in Pennsylvania. Almost 3,000 people were killed that day, including 343 firefighters. One of the worst days in American History. I remember vividly that morning. I was getting ready for work and had my tv on ABC when suddenly there was a news bulletin about the first plane flying into the north tower. Then, while I watched in horror another plane came and hit the south tower. I was headed into work moments later and cried as I prayed all the way there. I wasn’t alone in that. I arrived at work and watched as the news played again and again, the horrible footage of the planes crashing into the towers and then the collapse of the towers. The reports went from bad to worse. As a nation, we came together. It was as if we no longer had disagreements, we were no longer Democrats or Republicans. We were Americans united against an enemy who attacked us on our own soil. This hadn’t happened since the Revolutionary War (at least I think that’s accurate).
Our nation refers to security now as prior to 9/11 and after 9/11. Remember the days when you could go to the airport, check your luggage and then zip right down to your gate, even if you were only seeing someone off, you could go right to the gate? Now, we have to arrive at least two hours before our flight, go through security, metal detectors, body scans and if you don’t have a boarding pass, you aren’t getting through security at all. Our freedom had suddenly been attacked and we have never been the same.
In Cleburne County we will be meeting at 11:00 a.m. at the Cleburne County Courthouse for the American Legion Post 64’s annual tribute to first responders. In addition to the 343 New York firefighters and paramedics that died on 9/11, 23 New York police officers and 37 Port Authority officers who were struggling to evacuate the buildings and rescue those on the higher floors. That’s a total of 403 first responders who died doing what they do. Saving people’s lives or trying to. On Tuesday Cleburne County will pay tribute to those and so many others.
If you haven’t made it down to the Cleburne County Fair it’s not too late. Friday is school day where students will be out to see the animals and the arts and crafts and have a fun day. On Saturday there will be a talent show at 6:30 p.m. and the band Drasco will be performing at 7 p.m. Come out and support the youth who have worked so hard to come show their cows, pigs, goats, chickens and rabbits.
On a last note, today is Grandparents Day. So this Yeah Yeah is going down to my grandsons preschool, Jacob’s Ladder to spend time with him. Don’t worry, I’ll be back to cover Cleburne County later that evening.
Until next time...