9/11..That’s all you have to say to evoke those horrific images of that fateful day, twelve years ago today.
I remember watching the coverage of a plane hitting the World Trade Center, and the shock of seeing a second plane hit the second tower minutes later.
Then came word of the Pentagon attack , and the crash in Shanksville Pennsylvania.
We were shocked and we were scared.
Who was doing this ?
Would there be more ?
Terrorism was something that happened in other parts of the world.
We never thought that we’d see it live on TV in our own back yard.
I anchored the TV coverage of that day with Dan McLean on CH-TV.
It was surreal to watch live as those two towers crumbled to the ground, to see the bravery of first responders and the agony of the thousands of victims.
9/11 changed the way the media operated, it changed the the way government worked and it changed all of us.
New buildings sit on the World Trade Center site now.
A few blocks away in Battery Park, sits the damaged iron globe that once sat in front of the towers.
Memorial plaques acknowledge those who died that day.
And, around the world , we pause today to remember the victims, and the heroes of a day that changed our lives forever.