Eleven years ago today was one of bright blue skies and crisp air. It started out as a typical day with people anticipating a new season, hurrying to get to an important appointment or worrying about something they dreaded to do. Likely, no one imagined the horrendous events that were going to occur.
That morning at The Inter-Mountain we were preparing Tuesday's edition. The television was on - just in case there was a big news story we wouldn't want to miss. Then it happened. Footage of a plane crashing into one of the Twin Towers appeared on the screen. Odd, we thought. Then another plane crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center. We all stopped, staring in disbelief, not knowing what was happening. It was the reaction many across the nation shared.
Later that day, everyone in our newsroom was dispatched to various locations to gather public reaction. Some downtown shops had already posted "closed" signs. Outside of town, people stood in groups in parking lots looking skyward. Overall, there was an atmosphere of numbness. It was probably like that in most towns across America.
As the day unfolded, everyone learned details of the terrorist attacks. They shared opinions, emotions.
The week progressed, and patriotic displays were abundant. People donated, volunteered and gave comfort.
That tragic day, Sept. 11, 2001, won't be forgotten. During a church service on Sunday, or earlier today, some of us observed a moment of silence for those who died 11 years ago. In addition, we also should remember how we came together. There remains plenty of room and need for the spreading of kindness, not just in the wake of disaster, but each and every day.