Remembering 9/11/01

Author Jackie Taylor Zortman

Author Jackie Taylor Zortman

It seems unfathomable to me that it has already been 14 years since that horrendous day when the USA was attacked right here on our own soil.  I recall what a clear and spectacular and usually beautiful day that was.  And then the phone rang and a friend of our single son excitedly told us to turn on the television and hung up.  We watched in horror as one plane after another slammed into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon.  We listened in horror as the passengers on that plane in Pennsylvania called their loved ones, then bravely decided to wrestle with their killers until the plane was driven out of sight into the ground.  I remember how we quoted the now infamous words, “Let’s roll!” as the brave man leading those courageous passengers led the way to either save themselves or die trying.

But what I remember most of all is how nobody…and I mean nobody…cared what ethnicity anyone was, what their political beliefs were or if their skin was black, white, red, yellow or green or what they did to make a living.  We were ALL simply Americans, fighting to survive and selflessly helping one another do so.  I saved a copy of LIFE Magazine whose cover has a black person and  a white person with their arms around each other’s shoulders as they struggled to help one another escape that awful thick and deadly dust storm from the Twin Towers as it fell like a blizzard.  Both of them were completely covered with it, ironically making them look the same gray color.

Let’s also remember who was running towards and into those burning and falling buildings when the rest of us were running away.  Let’s stop the hatred of our police officers, firemen and EMTs and remember that THEY are the ones we call when help is really needed.  It takes a special kind of person to do their jobs and be willing to sacrifice their own lives to save ours.  They all do things that most of us could not or would not do and usually do not have many satisfied customers.  They don’t make a lot of money, the hours are long and unpredictable and their families (and though they never say it, neither do they) never know if they’ll see them again when they leave for work or go out on a sudden hot call.

Today, as we remember that awful day in our country and our lives, it would be the perfect time to also realize that when the chips are really down, race, political preference or occupation doesn’t matter one damn bit.  Faith matters and the love of our fellow man matters, nothing more.  Let’s make every effort to once again, just like on 9/11/01, see that we are all the same.

Our country badly needs a wake-up call and today is a good time to remember how we felt when there was a chance that we weren’t going to make it.  Let’s remember that we are all Americans that are in this together and strive for peace among ourselves.  God bless us all and God bless America.


About jtzortman

Author of "WE ARE DIFFERENT NOW" - A Grandparent's Journey Through Grief, first place award winning novel "FOOTPRINTS IN THE FROST" and award-winning novel "SNOW ANGEL". Contributing author to anthologies "Felons, Flames & Ambulance Rides", "American Blue", "Recipes by the Book: Oak Tree Authors Cook" and "The Centennial Book of The National Society of Daughters of the Union 1861-1865". Numerous articles, poems and short stories published since 1990. Charter Member of the Public Safety Writers Association and member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. Winner of ten writing awards. I live in a quaint Colorado mountain tourist town with my husband and Siamese cat. When deeps snows blanket the terrain and spectacular views from my windows, it becomes the perfect spot in which to write.
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16 Responses to Remembering 9/11/01

  1. So well said, Jackie! Must share this.


  2. Debbie Cooper says:

    Jackie…As always you have the right words….they are spoken from your heart and soul….I love reading your books, articles comment etc,……Todays blog awesome…….Love you Cuz’


  3. WINCE LEE says:

    Jackie always love your commits. Will never forget where is was at on 9/11/2001. Love Uncle Wince / Melissa


    • jtzortman says:

      Thank you so much for being so supportive of my writing. Yes, 9/11/2001 was a day few of us will ever forget, though some seem to already have. It was very scary and so awakening, too. Love you both, Uncle Wince & Melissa. Thanks for commenting.


  4. tale30mok13 says:

    Nicely written Jackie.


  5. lynnhesse says:

    May we celebrate our diversity and remember the people of all races, proud Americans, died for us.


  6. Peggy says:

    Very articulate post, Jax! We seem to have lost our way and forgotten the real truth, we are Americans. God bless all those missing their loved ones taken in this tragedy. And God bless all those who ran into buildings and upstairs when all others were running out. My friend John Shaffer, a retired firefighter, had gone to have coffee with his old chief at the 343. They had just come back from the coffee shop when the bell rang. John stayed to be in the house to aid anyone coming back through the doors. He had no idea how hard his job would be that day.


    • jtzortman says:

      Thank you, Pegs. I, too, have good friends who were there. One is a former FBI agent who was both at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania at the site of the plane crash. He was then involved in identifying the suspects and their countries. The other is a former Suffolk County NY police officer and long-time grief counselor. He debriefed many of the officers who experienced ground zero. They’ve seen things that their minds and hearts will never forget. Yes, we need to get our country back together and remember how it felt when we all needed one another and act accordingly.


  7. I enjoyed your comments. I lost a former collegue in one of towers; it was his first day in his new job. His wife and family were going to join him in NY in a couple of months. Of course after that they remained in Scottsdale. Dreams dashed and lifes changed forever. I had been rather luke warm on President Bush; but the way he responded and handled that crises was marvelous. And the way we Americans were united, at least for a year or two was wonderful.


    • jtzortman says:

      Thank you, Virgil. I’m so sorry for the loss of your collegue. That’s a very tragic and sad story. Such a horrible thing to happen and on such an outstandingly beautiful day in our country. Yes, I wish we could go back to being united Americans like we were then.


  8. Dave Keller says:

    Very nice, I think we need to remember, thanks for your comments. Those that have gone need our thoughts and prayers now and then. If we don’t remember it never happened. Ask Dwight Eisenhower when he entered the Concentration camps in Germany, he said take pictures for they will forget. Our sons and daughters lived remember them opften


  9. jtzortman says:

    Thank you, Dave. Glad you took the time to stop by and also leave a comment to let me know you did. I was just inspired to write this on this sad anniversary day this year.


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