Yahoo! is asking Americans how September 11 changed them. Below is an account from a reader.
Sept. 11, 2001, changed my family forever. I'd gone in to work that day and wondered why everyone was in the lobby watching television. As I looked at the television, my eyes were met with a horrible sight as a plane crashed into one of the twin towers.
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I was pregnant and due soon, and I thought of my unborn baby and how blessed I was to not live nearby. I prayed for those who had families in the towers and thought of how difficult it would be for them in the days to come. I began to pray for the families involved that somehow a miracle would be worked for them.
Little did we know, our oldest son was thinking the same things, only about our family. He enlisted in the Army a short while later to help prevent a repeat situation from happening to anyone else's family.
We recognized that treasuring every moment life has to offer was important to our family. We spent as much time with our son before he left as we possibly could. We also began to spend more time with our other children and remind them how precious they are to us.
When our daughter was born, our son's resolve was born anew and he would write long letters home sharing his vision for the world and his sister. It was a long four years while he was gone fighting for our country and the very things that we believed in.
They were four years that brought the rest of the family closer in spirit and closer to God. We prayed more and leaned upon one another as we worried about our son.
Ten years ago, we were all going our separate ways, and today we cherish the miracle of our daughter's birth during our country's troubled time. We cherish our son who was willing to sacrifice everything for his family and country. We thank God for the freedom that our country has and the willingness of so many soldiers who have sacrificed time with their families and in some cases their very lives to make sure that it remains this way.