As we are in the process of remembering the events of September 11, 2001 which is now in its ninth anniversary I, like many of my fellow Americans, are in the act of reflecting on that event. We look back on where we were when this nefarious and egregious act of aggression took place.
I for one remember that after 8:46 a.m. I was at work at Northeast Plumbing in Great Neck where we receive a call from Peter, a co-worker who was at home and on the internet, who told us the North Tower of the World Trade Center was hit by a plane and we thought it was a accident. Later we heard on the radio that at 9:03 that the South Tower was also hit by a plane.
We knew than we were under attack and at war.
We also heard that the Pentagon was hit as well and that a plane went down in Shanksville Pennsylvania. We all, at this point, knew we were at war with a unknown enemy. We felt great fear and anxiety traveling through our veins.
It truly was a time that tried men's souls. But it was also a time where strangers became friends as we bonded together to fight a common foe.
I remember that a few days after the attack, at St. Anastasia Parish in Douglaston, Monsignor Michael Cantley helped organized a interfaith prayer service for the community. We would pray for the lost and for those who have died at a spot now known as ground zero. At this service I served as an usher and handed out prayer cards for people to place in the basket with the names of love ones.
As Americans we have gone through a lot but we did survive.
When things are at their very worst we as Americans find we are at our very best. We found a renewed spirit and a deeper sense of spirituality and patriotism and a determination to do what is necessary to fight the evil in our day.
Frederick Robert Bedell Jr.
Glen Oaks Village