Today is a day that I am sure anyone old enough to remember, remembers the event in detail, and you probably remember where you were too.
I was in my office at Curry Real Estate. Dan Coxwell, who was a Realtor as well, was with Century 21 and had stopped by my office to drop off an offer.
The first tower had been hit, and as Dan and I were discussing the first tower and the fact that it was probably a private plane with some lunatic piloting, the second tower was hit. At that point, it was obvious the second plane was a commercial airliner and not a private plane.
I don’t remember our conversation from that point on, but I do know we both realized that the USA was under attack.
Two weeks later, I was with a group of city officials from around the state that had traveled to New York City. I remember when flying in, making the final approach, and seeing the remnants of the two towers and surrounding buildings smoldering. The plane was completely silent until we landed. Couldn’t even hear a pin drop.
When we did land and boarded our vans to head to our meeting place, the city was totally silent. There were no horns blowing, and it was a very eerie feeling.
When we met the folks we were meeting with, they were so very gracious appreciative that we had come. It was a humbling feeling. I can remember Mayor of Vidalia, Ronnie Dixon, and I walking to a street corner and just watching the city. The people were, obviously, still in shock.
I couldn’t then and still can’t imagine the horror those folks went through that day, making choices of life or death, and those choices were not always good.
We, as Americans, never need to forget what happened that day. We need to always think about the sacrifices our Public Safety workers made in the line of duty, but most of all, we need to remember we are still in the greatest country in the world!
Phil Best, Sr. CRS, GRI
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