Ask anyone who was alive on September 11, 2001, where they were when they first heard the news and most likely they will tell you exactly where they were and the people they were with.

I was at New Bedford High School. At the time, we were in block scheduling and I was heading from "A" block to "B" block. You could tell something was going on by the mood in the hallways going from one class to the next. It was an announcement over the P.A. that addressed the school, informing us of the horrific event that had taken place and that all teachers should be tuning into news coverage.

My "B" block class was chorus so we were in what's called the "little theater," and about 50 students sat silent as we tuned into news coverage to see one of the twin towers in flames. We were in shock.

I don't think I fully comprehended what was going on at first. Then, the second plane hit the second tower and the gravity of the moment came over us all. The United States, our home, was under attack. The entire day was filled with watching the coverage and talking to our teachers and classmates about what we saw.

It was filled with concern for so many who had families or friends that were in New York that day.

Fast forward to today, I now work for an airline – one that lost fellow crew members and had several planes involved. I now play a role in the safety of our country. I'm a line of defense against terrorism, trained to look for signs and know what to do in the case of a plane hijacking.

I'm beyond thankful to those who fled to Ground Zero that day and helped in any way they could. We will never forget those we lost on this tragic day.

Do you remember where you were when you heard the news?

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