I was 13 years old when I saw heavy clouds hovering over my school.
• I remember the teachers crying.
• I remember parents rushing to pick their kids up from school.
• I remember the dark heavy clouds hovering over my school.
I, too, remember where I was, what classroom I was in, and seeing the massive dark cloud hovering over my school, thinking that it was getting dark outside.
Not understanding what was going on. And seeing the substitute teacher on the phone with relative telling the classroom what’s going on in the City of Manhattan, and why we see thick stream of Heavy clouds hovering over our school…
During the day seeing my teacher, Mrs. Burns’s reaction along with the substitute Teacher(Forgot-Her-Name) only intensified as they got more details on what was going on in the city and the attack on the World Trade Center. Mrs. Burns and the substitute Teacher were crying simultaneously. The students and I were young and didn’t quite understand the scale of what was going on.
I remember Mrs. Burns also stating; “we had so many years of peace and that has ended.”
I remember Mrs. Burns’ saying, “we may have to go to war again. America is at War.” (I am paraphrasing as I try to remember her exact words).
However, the other students and I were baffled and did not understand what was going on. But we slowly started noticing parents coming into the class taking their children out with concerns on their faces.
My school had to shut down early due to the tragic events; seeing the big dark clouds hovering over my school was a sight to see when I was younger.
However, I had no idea what was going on until I came home. I was 13 years old when 9/11 happened. The school I attended was PS 43 in Far Rockaway, Queens, New York.
And just like those who remember where they were on the day of the Attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. And just like those who remember the President Kennedy Assassination in November 1963. I, too, remembered where I was and what class I was in. I remembered this whole event like it was yesterday.
As the Iraq & Afghanistan War was still raging on. I’ve heard from old Friends that Mrs. Burns’s only son was killed during the war. I’m pretty sure Mrs. Burns was devastated by her son’s passing. Mrs. Burns was also a heavy smoker. I’ve even heard that she passed away a few years shortly after her son was killed in combat.
My father was able to eventually join the military a few years into the Iraq War. And my father first served in the US Navy, and the US Army, and then eventually the US National Guard. My father still serves to this day.
September 11th, 2001, was one of those tragic events that changed the course of life for all naturally born American citizens. The impact can still be felt to this day!
The date was September 11th, 2001.