Friday, September 11, 2009
Whatever your take is on the matter, whether it was predicted or not, the events on this date 8 years ago did happen and they will leave their mark on our nation for many years to come. The first time I traveled to England (before 9/11/01), they'd had their fair share of terrorists attacks with the Irish Republic Army and other assorted bogeys. Heathrow Airport impressed me deeply because of the tight levels of security. Leaving from Chicago-O'Hare, where my family came to the gate to see me off, I was unaccustomed to having to pass through three separate security checks at Heathrow where no one was allowed at the gates other than ticketed passengers. It was a little unnerving at the time - something I hadn't encountered before living a sheltered life in the U.S. Of course, that time has passed. Our security is greatly enhanced since that experience. Now, although most travelers find it inconvenient, you won't find anyone arguing about the necessity of such measures.
Where were you on 9/11?