Ten years ago my brother and I were on holiday in Tenerife. We were having lunch in a cafe when I got a text from a friend back home.
Have you seen the news, kid? the text said.
No, I responded, who died now?
Check the news, the next message said.
As it turned out, tragically, thousands of people died that day. The Towers fell, the Pentagon was attacked, United 93 crashed when decent people became heroes and sacrificed their lives so no one else would die.
The world changed there and then, and nothing has been the same since.
Remember, remember, 11 September.
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.