10 years ago, Phil and I flew out of Logan Airport in Boston at 8am on Monday, September 10th on United Airlines on route to San Francisco, Phil had a conference to go to and one of his home town high school friends was getting married the following weekend so it all made sense. flying on Monday was no problem, San Francisco was beautiful that day, we had an amazing dinner that night on the ocean, life seemed so simple. I was also 6 months pregnant with our first child at the time.
Speed forward, 6am, Tuesday, September 11, 2001, Phil kissed me goodbye to go to a breakfast meeting, I slept in and then casually woke up a bit later and put the T.V on, I can't recall the exact time but watching everything happen live on T. V. as it was happening and seeing all the News casters live was crazy. I ran downstairs to check in with phil to see what was happening downstairs, it was mayhem, this was a financial conference, a lot of people were flying in from NY and Boston this morning to attend the conference, ( who could of been of some of the planes that crashed), a lot of people worked in NY that were already at the conference and worrying about their coworkers and friends/families back at home, it was the most unbelievable, surreal experience. All people wanted to do was go home, they rented cars, got on buses, anything, there were no flights leaving SF anytime soon.
With the cell phone lines down and being unable to contact family some of our families thought we flew on Tuesday morning to San Francisco instead of Monday, which unbeknownst to us was the exact United Flight that took off from Boston on Tuesday and crashed, again, a very surreal experience. We eventually got in touch with our families and friends later in the day to make sure they knew we were ok, it took several days to find out that our friends and family in NY were ok, but as you know the fallout from 9/11 went a lot deeper to everyone.
Our friend did get married that weekend but unfortunately a lot of people didn't make it that day, non the less we all tried to make it a special day for them.
I hope everyone takes time out on Sunday to remember all the people who lost their lives that day and to also give praise and thanks to all the people/fireman, policeman, doctors, nurses, lay people, anyone who helped on that day and the days and months and years after the fallout. I was proud to be an American on that day and ever since even more, we bonded as a nation that day even with the awful circumstances.
My thoughts and Prayers go out to all the families out their that lost their loved ones on that day. God Bless.