It was a Psych day…psychology with Dr Rowatt. After class i left Sid Rich for the 10 minute walk to Martin Hall and this moment i will never forget. I walked right in front of Penland Hall and found myself mumbling a question? “What is todays date? For some reason i feel i will not forget this day.” I spoke this aloud not knowing what events had unfolded.
Once i opened the doors to the Martin Hall lobby, i noticed a groups of students gathered around the big screen TV. My immediate reaction was something happened to the President. Once i saw the smoke-billowing tower in the New York skyline i thought maybe this was a tragic accident and just as my thoughts settled on that, we witnessed the second plane plunge into the second tower. The comentators mentioned “Terrorist attack on our country.” My generation knew very little about Terrorist attacks at this point. Little did we know these words would fill every history textbook from this point on.
I knew from the scene, several people had just lost their lives. The room of viewers grew as people heard of the news and came to witness. Once the first tower fell…a deep silence fell over the room…we were in shock to say the least. One student who i don’t know broke the silence saying, “I don’t know about you guys but i think its time we start to pray.” The group held hands and formed a circle in the Martin Hall lobby. The student who called us to action began with a prayer and as one student ended their prayer, another student lifted their voice. This was a moment i will never forget….a date i will never forget.