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Ground Zero

Where were you 10 years ago on 9/11?

I remember vividly that September morning. I was laying in bed, knowing that I had only minutes before I had to get up to get the girls to school. My husband had headed to the airport early that morning, so I was the carpool. The girls were going about their normal morning routine. It must have been about 6:30a.m. our time and our youngest turned on the radio and heard the news and came into my room telling me to turn on the TV. You have to understand that I am not a morning person and I was trying to take it all in. Within a few minutes the phone rang. It was Ken’s sister, “what time was Ken’s flight? Have you talked to him?” Ken had left to the airport to catch his flight to NYC! Within a few minutes he called and said his flight had been postponed, but was still at the airport to see if he could catch another flight. Airport personnel had not yet given out any details of flight cancelations. I told him everything I knew at that point, but it was still pretty vague information. Turns out there would be no more flights that day.

It is a day in history that we will never forget.

This year marks the 10th anniversary. By coincidence, we happened to be in NYC a couple days ago and visited Ground Zero.

This is the building of the new One World Trade Center. When completed, 1 WTC will contain 104 floors and reach 1,776′. Currently is stands approximately 1,021′ and is 84 stories tall. One World Trade Center will change the skyline of NYC. Also under construction is 4 WTC, while not as tall and stately as 1 WTC, will stand 975′. There is also the newly completed Transportation Hub and  The Memorial Plaza which is scheduled to open to the public on 9/12.


White ribbons with handwritten notes are being tied on the fence of a church located across the street in memory of those lives lost on 9.11.2001.

My thoughts and prayers will forever go out to the friends and family of those who lost their lives. And I’ll be forever grateful to each and every person who helped that day or still, 10 years later, to make the USA a nation that we are proud of.

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And, on a more personal note, this Mama Bear, can’t help but worry. The same little girl that woke me up that dreadful morning, is now living NYC. I hate what I’m seeing on the news today. I’m praying for her (and everyone else’s) safety this weekend.

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  • Iris Hicks - September 10, 2011 - 6:37 am

    Such moving captures Renee. I still want to burst into tears everything I see anything related to 9/11 which is also my “little girl’s” birthday. Hope your “little girl” and all New Yorkers stay safe.ReplyCancel

  • Carri Mullins - September 10, 2011 - 6:41 am

    Renee, reading through your post brings back that flood of emotions that I felt that day. It actually still brings tears to my eyes. I pray that your daughter, and other New Yorkers stay safe.ReplyCancel

  • Lea Silva - September 10, 2011 - 10:23 am

    Out of the ashes beauty arises, that is the American Spirit at work.ReplyCancel

  • Barbara - September 10, 2011 - 3:59 pm

    We’ve all been rattled and shaken by it, haven’t we? I have nephews in NYC and think of them often. It’s a reminder to us all to cherish and love, love, love those dear ones in our life. Whether they’re in the middle of a Kansas nowhere, an adobe home in New Mexico, or the busy streets of New York – you just never know. As empty nest moms – I’d wager all of us have a child or two far from home. Send positivity their way. Keep love in your heart. Thanks, ReneeReplyCancel

  • Summer - September 13, 2011 - 8:15 am

    WOW, these images are so powerful! And how scary for you that Ken happen to be going to NYC, I am so glad he is safe & so sad for all of the others that lost their lives that day. I think you totally captured these wonderfully!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Henderson - September 19, 2011 - 1:20 pm

    Powerful images… A day we will NEVER forget. I often wonder what the area looks like now, and I am glad to see your captures.ReplyCancel

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