- The face of the Delta pilot before he shared the news
- The sound of a fellow passenger proclaiming that planes were being shot down every ten minutes
- The hockey rink in Newfoundland where thousands of us waited for news and prayed
- The Naval Base I slept at that week
- The bar of soap from the Canadian Red Cross that I carefully protected in my pocket all week since we weren’t permitted to bring anything off of the plane
- And finally the sight of the American flag when we returned to the US the following week.
I have run the post below for the past two years and I believe it is always worth re-posting.
Written September 2010
Everyone will at some point will remember where they were, what they were doing, who they called first, who they hugged first. We will remember and reflect and pray in our own different ways.
At the the time I was fortunate to be part of an international team at DaimlerChrysler Financial. Belonging to an international team added a perspective to this event and provided a sense of support beyond the boundaries of my own country.
While reflecting, I pulled out a folder of emails I received the days following from my colleagues from around the world.
|9/11/01 From the plane window in St. John’s Newfoundland||Sept. 11, 2001|
Yes, something fundamental did change that day. I hope that what we hold on to is the reminder of what’s really important in life. I believe that we can keep the kindness and courage that was shown during that time alive in our words and actions every day.
The moment that will forever be burned in my memory is finally reaching US soil and seeing the American flag, the true symbol of our freedom and pride, flying brightly.