2001 – The September 11 attacks take place in the United States. Airplane hijackings result in the collapse of the World Trade Center in New York City, destruction of the western portion of The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and a passenger airliner crash in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
My brother and I were holidaying in the Canary Island of Tenerife when the attacks happened. I received a text message from a work colleague to head to the nearest cafe and check out the news.
We stayed for the rest of the day, watching the screen as the tragedy unfolded. It wasn’t until we got back home to Ireland that the full extent of the terrorist attack became known to us. We knew there and then that the world had changed and that nothing would ever be the same again.
My thoughts are with my American friends on this day. Some of you may have lost someone that day. May you and the world know peace one day.