The Day we stood still

Never forget – The Yenner

A small piece to bring to light a moment that froze the world in terror.

I was 11 years old when I remember being paralyzed in front of the television watching events unfold on September 11th 2001. Up until that point news was general and the west felt comfortable and easy. The images of two bellowing towers breaking through the landscape of New York City and billowing clouds of ash and fire changed everything, and I mean everything.

It changed our thoughts, it increased fear, pain and confusion. The world stood in silence as they watched New York City and America scream in terror and agony.

It may not always be a country that has been agreed on by other European countries but for the most part it had been seen as an Allie. For me the little 11 year old, it was like watching your whole bubble of innocence towards the world crumble. That all the things you saw in movies or television where actually real…TERRORISM was real.

Specifically I remember the confusion at first, what was I looking at?, what are they saying?, who was it? But before the images could process in my brain or my mothers who was standing beside both me and my sister…the second plane hit!

I remember slumping down into the sofa gazing and holding our breath. Although I was not apart of its country the sheer emotion of what was developing to these people and a nation was unbelievable.

Today the younger generation are becoming so used to violence, wars , terrorism etc that it probably seems a little naive of our generation to be shocked at this attack. However this was the first major attack on the west in decades and for the most part the first live footage of an actual attack taking place live on broadcast for the whole world to see. The only recent event I could compare it to visually was the recent explosion in Beirut.

The almighty impact this had on me as a child was astounding and I think I speak for a lot of my generation. We now knew what the world can be capable of, we now understood fear and we understood terrorism on a global scale.

The scenes of people…even now it gives me chills. What those people in that building went through. Choices they made. Family’s devastated for ever and people pushing the test of human tenacity in order to save lives.

I notice now more than ever that we’re living in an altogether different era where things are taken so lightly and everything is sullied with ill humour, and I don’t understand wether that just from lack of education or perhaps insecurity but for those of you who may not have been here at this junction of history please look it up. If not to educate then just to pay homage to those who died and for the tragedy that this truly was for America and to a generation.

Thankyou for reading

The Yenner 📠

“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.”

Sandy Dahl – wife of flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl

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