I can remember this day like it was yesterday. I was in my 5th grade class. Our teacher had something serious to tell us that morning, but it had nothing to do with the tragic events happening that day. None of us knew it yet. Then another teacher barged through the room and told us to turn on the TV. After seeing what we saw that day, anything else that was important prior now seemed insignificant. My eyes were glued to the screen. The room was silent, except for the occasional sniffles. I turned around and the room was filled with tears, worries and curious faces. We were so young. I don't think we could all quite grasp the enormity of what was happening. I didn't fully understand at the time, but I knew it was serious. The rest of the day and week was somber. I was there just two weeks before that day, with my dad. It was my first time ever visiting New York. I instantly fell in love with the big city. I really didn't know much about the World Trade Center at the time. I remember turning down the chance to see it. If only I knew...
I'm thankful we at least have those memories through our photographs to hold on to.
Shortly after 9/11 happened, my dad and I came up with an idea. An idea that would show our support and help lift some spirits. We made a giant card with some of the photos from our trip on the outside, and little sticker letters that read "Get Well Soon NY". We went around for weeks meeting politicians and celebrities that could sign the card and write their support. There was hardly a spec of white card left to be seen. After we had the card filled, our final step was to deliver it to Judy Giuliani, the major of New York at that time. Giuliani was scheduled to come to our hometown to make some public speeches. We thought it would be the perfect time to give the card to him. When we approached him, we were surrounded by news reporters and cameras. Our delivery later made it on the local news!
It was an experience for a day I'll never forget. I'm happy I could help show my support in some way, no matter how insignificant.
Our current governor of California signed the card! He wasn't our governor at the time, yet we knew he would be important.
Even current NFL player Derek Carr's big brother David signed before his NFL success, as well as the entire Fresno State team!
And here it is. The big moment. The delivery to Rudy Giuliani! Who knows where that card ended up. like to think he has it sitting around his home somewhere. A girl can dream!
Thanks for letting me share my story. I know we all have one we remember from that day. Let's not ever forget it!
Where were you and what were you doing when you heard the news? Feel free to leave a comment, I'd love to hear from you.