Where Were You on 9/11?

Xander Lewis, Author

As the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks looms closer, I believe it is important for us to remember what happened on that day, and how we as a nation were united like never before (and a unity that we stray further from every day). I asked my Grandfather, Michael Miller, for his account on September 11th, 2001. He was a resident of Brevard County, Florida at the time, and now resides in Union West Virginia. His story is as follows:

“I retired from the Air Force in 1998 and was attending college in 2001. I was on my way to school listening to Howard Stern on the radio when the first aircraft hit the towers. Stern stated immediately that it was an attack. When I got to campus the instructors had rolled all the monitors out in the hallways for the students to watch the news as we all saw the 2nd plane hit, the ensuing fires and smoke, and the eventual fall of both towers. We were all in some sort of shock. Somehow, I myself wasn’t surprised as my teammates and other military members died in the bombing of Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia in the 90’s. Personally, I felt it was inevitable that terrorists would attempt to strike the USA. What I saw in the aftermath was a nation in pain and a unity not seen since probably WWII. There were many reactions from many people, some were in fear, some were numb and myself, having been in Desert Storm, just thought whoever was responsible for this would know the wrath of an entire nation.”