Dear fellow MGoBloggers,
Today is 9/11 and 15 years now removed from that fateful day. I happen to be sitting outside on this nice afternoon and a nearby bell tower chimed the 5 pm notes and then... played the Battle Hymn of the Republic (Glory, glory Hallelujah...) It made me stop everything for a moment just to enjoy the moment and reflect on this day.
I was a student on campus (soph year) when everything happened on 9/11/2001. I still remember most of that morning vividly - at least when it was obvious something was happening. I was on an early bus from north campus to central and heard some hushed whispers by others. I arrived at my first lecture (Physics, large lecture hall) and the professor came on stage and said that class was canceled and everyone should try to contact their families. This was before the smartphone and I had no idea what was actually happening. I went to the closest computer lab (chemistry building), which was completely empty when normally at least half full by that time of day. Went to CNN.com and saw the headlines - read as much as I could for 30 minutes or so (internet was painfully slow that morning) and went back to the dorms. I spent the rest of the day with some hallmates just watching CNN nonstop (saw the towers fall live). A few of us tried to play some chords on a guy's guitar or play some catch now and then, but no one was really interested in anything else but the coverage. The next day was quiet - people started getting back to their routines and going from there.
I feel like we're all still trying to get back to those normal routines, but I for one have not stopped watching the cable news channels religiously since that day. Let us never forget.
If you have any reflections or remembrances to share, feel free.