September 11th Tribute – Amarillo Remembers 9/11 – Where Were You When It Happened? [VIDEO]
Remembering that horrific day when 19 terrorists hijacked 4 passenger jets and intentionally piloted those planes into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon building isn't easy, but forsake not what history teaches us. Remember those who died, and those who selflessly put their lives on the line in an effort to save as many as possible. The fact is, the September 11th attacks are the Vietnam of our time!
Where were you when it all went down?
I can remember it like it was yesterday, I woke up around 9:00am and headed to the Clear Channel building, where I was working at the time. I got in my car and naturally started flipping through our 5 Amarillo radio stations. As I punched my radio presets, I was hearing some very news sounding material, but on a station that wasn't really "news focused". So, I began checking out our other stations in the cluster, and it was all the same thing. I couldn't for the life of me figure out what was going on, nor was I going to stick around and listen, so I began scanning through every radio signal to see if it was some kind of mistake, lo and behold, I was hearing the exact same thing on every single radio station. That moment, I knew there was something going on. I don't remember if I flipped back to one of the stations I worked for, or if I stayed on a competitors frequency, all I can remember is at that moment, something was wrong and I needed to listen. And listen I did!
I only had about 15 minutes to listen and it was all becoming pretty clear, a terrorist attack had happened, and I needed to speed to work and see how I could help. I got to the radio station and it was all kind of a blur from there. I remember my boss saying, "Dallas, I need you in this studio right here, running the board and making sure this simulcast stays on air." I flipped the TV on in the studio, my coworkers gathered in the studio with me, and we all watched the replays of the tragic events, and the remainders unfold.
From there, it was Support Our Troops and We Remember. Yet, I feel like as a nation, we are trying to forget.
An old saying comes to mind, those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it.
Don't forget about 9/11, remember it! I know it might hurt or maybe you feel like you have no place to remember it, but you do and you need to! Today, if you see a police officer, firefighter, EMT or a soldier of any kind, put your hand out and tell them thank you!
On a funny side note, as Tommy the Hacker and I stood at Amarillo's 9/11 tribute, we were passing out doughnuts. I didn't see the irony in it until I walked up to a police officer and asked him if he'd like a doughnut, and then I thought out loud, meaning I said out loud, "I can't believe I'm asking a cop if he wants a doughnut!" He was a good sport, he had a great laugh, and said "I don't see anyone taking pictures, yeah I'll take a doughnut."
I've learned that when cameras are around, cops really don't want to eat doughnuts!
Have a great day! Remember to show some love today! Even if it's just your family, the fact is you still have them! Be thankful for that! Show your love, and remind them how special they are to you! Life is just to short to be holding grudges.
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