Today marks the most solemn day in the history of America. To pay homage to what happened seven years ago, I am re-posting the most famous picture of all time.


On this day seven years ago shortly before 9 AM, I was “on the bench” at CTG on Pineview Av, awaiting my next assignment. Christine, the Resource Manager at the time, came flying out of her office yelling, “a plane crashed into the World Trade Center,” We had a tv in the break room but it wasn’t hooked up to anything, not even rabbit ears. I quickly found an extension cord, cut the end off, stripped the wire and fashioned a pair of rabbit ears the way we used to in college.

As the picture came into view, fuzzy and grainy, the second plane was on its way into the South Tower. And the rest became history…

Tonight, I am going to be running in a new race, the 9/11 First Responders Memorial 5K, in memory of the 2,974 who perished in the attacks, to honor those who risk their lives in the aftermath of the attacks and to honor the men and women who are fighting for our freedom.

No matter what the results, no matter the outcome…the bottom line is always the same. As much as I am proud to be a runner, I am also proud to be an American. God bless America!

4 comments for “9/11

  1. September 11, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    Today is indeed a solemn day. I remember exactly where I was, what I was doing and who I was arguing with. I remember people gasping over the radio while I couldn’t hear a word anyone said on it. It was a very sad day. All of them are in my hearts today.

    Good luck with the race tonight!

  2. C
    September 11, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    Can remember exactly where I was and how I felt. Thanks for posting this and putting it all in perspective. Thanks for honoring all those who died and those who suffered and lost so much…Way to go Sam..

  3. September 12, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Sam, I really appreciate this post. It reminded me of how very grateful I was for my CI on this fateful day. As a teacher, I was able to hear the news as it unfolded on the classroom TV and to interact with my frightened students. We were 20 miles from the Pentagon and some of the kids at my high school had parents working there.

  4. Geo
    September 12, 2008 at 4:02 pm


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