9-11. Those are just two numbers that when said together have a whole lot of meaning. When the date 9-11 comes around or someone says “Nine Eleven,” you can’t help but think about the tragedy that impacted our country ten years ago. I can pretty much count on the fact that we all remember what we were doing—if not what we were wearing—on 9.11.2001. I sure do. I was actually in high school at the time. It was early in the morning and there were about 30 of us starring in disbelief at the television screen during Physics class. I was wearing a pink polo shirt and a khaki skirt—our uniform at the time. I remember the day vividly, and I know there are millions out there who do too.
Out of this terrible tragedy and heartbreak have come numerous heroes that we honor and commemorate every year. This year marks the 10th anniversary (so to speak) of 9-11 and people all across the country and world are remembering those who gave their lives and those who helped pull us through such a hard time.
Americans all across the country have their own way of recognizing 9-11 whether it is through a moment of silence or attending an event or tuning into television specials. One event that took place near us in South Florida yesterday was the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run/Walk. The run was started in 2002 and retraces the final footsteps of firefighter Stephen Siller—last seen running through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel carrying 75 pounds of gear on his back while on his way to the World Trade Center to help. Originally, the run was started as a way for New Yorkers to honor the fallen heroes of 9-11 and it has become a yearly event. This year to recognize the 10th anniversary of 9-11, the Tunnel to Towers Run was held in 343 cities across the nation—including our hometown Fort Lauderdale.
Here are a couple of pictures from this year’s run in Fort Lauderdale that took place on 9-10-11!
How are you recognizing 9-11 this weekend? Where were you on 9-11-01? Share your story!