|Hope: Humanity & Heroism at Madam Tussauds in NYC|
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Every year on September 11, I think most Americans take a few minutes to reflect and remember where they were when they heard the news of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. , and the hijacked plane that crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. I was a father with two young boys, and reporter working at a TV station in West Lafayette, Indiana.
September 11, 2001 was a beautiful Tuesday morning in Indiana. I woke up a little later than usual because it was my day off (I worked weekends at the time). I turned on the TV, which was already on the CBS Early Show. Bryant Gumbel was talking about a plane accident in New York City. The image I saw was the smoking North Tower of the World Trade Center. The plane was still sticking out, and it looked like a small plane at the time, I had no idea it was a commercial jet.
I had to run to work that day for a meeting about the station's website, so as I got ready for that, Gumbel announced that another plane had hit the South Tower. Then came reports of an explosion at the Pentagon and I think we all figured out pretty quick that these weren't random accidents. Our country was under attack.
I hopped in the car and sped to work, listening to the news on CBS Radio. As I pulled into the station parking lot the South Tower collapsed. I remember getting goosebumps and feeling overwhelmed and helpless by what was happening. My meeting was obviously cancelled, and despite trying to stick around and help with the local coverage we would eventually start doing, I was told to go home.
|9/11 Memorial Ceremony 9/11/02|
In the weeks and months after the attacks, patriotism was at an all time high. Our small community held candle vigils and prayer services. My boys laid red, white, and blue carnations on a piece of steel from the World Trade Center on the one year anniversary.
|9/11 Memorial in Lafayette, Indiana|
|One of the Reflecting Pools at Ground Zero|
New York City
Thank you Christian Michael Otto Regenhard for your service to our country and for giving the ultimate sacrifice. God bless everyone who died on 9/11.
You can learn more about Sgt. Regenhard by clicking this link.