Tuesday is an important day at the Wave. The morning sees the staff putting the final touches on the week’s edition, rapidly trying to meet our printing deadline so that you receive your paper the following morning.
Twelve years ago however, that morning changed each of us forever.
We each arrived at work looking pale and shell shocked, hugging each other and offering our support to make it through this trying time. Though we were on the outskirts of this tragedy, it touched us all deeply.
Someone brought a small television to the office to better follow the morning’s attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. We all sat with silent tears running down our cheeks trying, not unlike the rest of the world, to make some sense of what we were witnessing.
Numbly, we went about our normal routine of getting the paper put to bed. The news doesn’t wait for anyone, no matter the tragedy.
It was one of the hardest issues we’ve ever put out.
On that fateful day, 2,819 people lost their lives including 343 fire fighters and paramedics; 23 NYPD officers; and 37 Port Authority officers.
These people lost their lives trying to save so many others.
Let not a year go by that we don’t pause on September 11 and remember those lives lost.
Let us also celebrate daily the freedoms we enjoy that were won through much bloodshed and tears.
Let us teach our children tolerance and love for their fellow man so that they hopefully will never have to experience something like this tragedy again in their lifetimes.
God bless each of us and may we never forget.