Dorothy's Blog: Remembering 9/11

September 11, 2018

September 11th is one of those days that you will never forget where you were and what you were doing when you saw/heard what was going on in New York and at the Pentagon.

It my sophmore year in high school, and my youngest sister was turning 14,  so the first thing I did was hop out of my bunk bed and wished Paula a "happy birthday." Then I went on to do what I always do every schol day morning. I brushed my teeth, went downstairs to eat my Cocoa Puffs cereal with my sisters and we waited for the weather forecast to come on the news. Except that morning was different. Every news channel kept showing the same movie over and over. I didn't understand what movie it was or what was going on, until it slowly started to sink in that what I was seeing on TV wasn't a movie, but a terrorist attack. My sisters and I had never seen a terrorist attack, let alone one happening on live TV.

We were uneasy as we hopped on our school bus to Mission Bay High School. When we got there, I found the closest TV.  I stood next to my homeroom teacher, Mr. Dancher, who was also a proud New York native,  and we stood by helpless and hopless as the second tower fell. My heart sank deep in my chest seeing all those innocent lives lost. I didn't understand then, and I still don't understand now why senseless terrorist attacks happen. 

I still get chills remembering that day- remembering all those who lost their lives, all those firefighters, policemen, and first responders who went straight into the chaos to save lives even though it meant they might lose theirs in doing so. Although it was the worst worst terror attack in U.S. history, it managed to do something for our entire country that hadn't been done in a long time- it united us. 

On a day like today, in a country that is so divided, all I can ask and hope for is that we put aside all of our political differences and stand united to honor and remember those 2,997 citizens. I hope we can remember what it feels like to be united, and remember that we can get so much more done standing united as a country than standing divided. 

If you'd like to pay tribute and honor our fallen heroes, the USS Midway Museum will be holding a ceremony at 2:30pm. The FDNY Retirees of San Diego, Wounded Warriors Project,  National City Fire Department and San Diego Fire Department  will all be there. The ceremony will include:

Presentation of the Colors

Pipes & Drums

Patriotic Sounds of our National Anthem

Reading of First Responders Names

Tolling of the Bells SDFD

Emergency Helicopter Flyover

Twenty-one Gun Salute


Harbor Police Fireboat Water Display

Following the ceremony, family and friends are invited to a free dinner reception at the Pioneer Hook and Ladder Firehouse Museum located at 1572 Columbia St, San Diego, CA 92101.