Remembering 9/11 and my coworker Joe DeLuca

I can’t believe it’s been 12 years since our world changed forever. I know, many people are tired of hearing about it, including my daughters, who were 5 and 3 at the time, so they don’t remember it.

Well, I knew someone that died in Flight 93, and lived in North Jersey at the time, so this is very real to me and will always bother me. I was only 40 miles from ground zero, working at Warner Lambert Pharm. in Morris Plains, NJ. My mom called to tell me about the first plane, thinking it was a little Cessna. I got on the Internet at work, and soon that went down as word spread around the world.

Slowly, we all watched as both towers were on fire and then the unthinkable happened….they both collapsed. We were watching at work when the plane hit the Pentagon, and even remember hearing rumors that 8 planes were being used by the terrorists. My oldest had just started Kindergarten, and her school was in lockdown. As a parent of a new student, I really didn’t know what to do. We left her there and waited for her at the bus stop. The rest of the day, all I could do was watch the coverage on TV.

The next day at work, word slowly got around that we lost our coworker, Joe DeLuca. He and his fiancé were heading to San Francisco for vacation. Their plane left from Newark Airport, and was reportedly heading back to the White House when those passengers took it over and saved many more lives.

We will never forget and we must never forget. To all of those that don’t think this is worth remembering, I feel sorry for you. Maybe one day you will understand how life changing this terrorist attack was. It also means more to those of us that lived close to ground zero and knew someone that died.

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