I have commented before on how some of us remember certain historic events because we remember something specific we were doing at the time.
My mother remembers cutting out her wedding gown when news came through about the assassination of JFK. For me though two more recent events left an indelible mark, the first was the death of Diana Princess of Wales and the second was September 11th 2010.
As we remember 10 years on from those terrible events, I am reminded of my visit to New York in 1993 when the Twin Towers were still standing. The pictures I have of these enormous building are a stark reminder of what has gone. They towered literally over the city skyline and it is strange to see pictures now with the empty space left behind. My story of 9/11 as it will always be known is of 2 sisters coming home from a holiday in Crete. Both had had a tough year and had had a week just relaxing and reading in the sunshine. I had driven home from Bristol and desperate to stay awake as long as possible put the afternoon news on. The first plane had already hit the one tower by then and so I watched for further news, I will never forget the live relay of the that second plane smashing into the second tower, it was like something out of a disaster movie. The news obviously kept on running and it became obvious that there was going to be a terrible outcome. It was later when live again I watched the towers both crumbling that I realised quite how many people would have lost their lives.
This week I watched an ITV documentary which followed the events and spoke to many of the key people in power that day who had to make terrible decisions and whose bravery and decision making prevented further tragedy. At the end it said than 3,000 people died in the Twin Towers from 60-70 countries. I know one of those people was my parent's friend's niece and I will be thinking of them and everyone else directly and indirectly affected by this terrible event.