I was in Ms. Catlett’s Honors English IV class with seniors at Webster County High School in Dixon, KY. During our lesson, Ms. Catlett excused herself to the hallway to speak with Mrs. Sholar, our principal. Ms. Catlett returned and immediately turned on the television. NBC’s TODAY Show had a live view of black smoke coming out of one of the World Trade Center towers. Moments later, to my horror, I witnessed the second plane crash into the south tower.
Black smoke bellowed out of the World Trade Center towers and I saw people jump 70-90 stories to their deaths. I watched the south tower collapse. I watched people on the ground, covered in dust and debris, run through the streets to avoid the massive dust cloud. At 10:28 am, I watched the second tower fall. At 17 years old, I knew the world had just changed forever.
At the time of this tragedy, I was yearbook editor at Webster County High School. I felt responsible for memorializing the events of September 11, 2011 not only for my classmates and teachers, but future generations as well. Ms. Catlett helped me collect newspapers from around the world with headlines and photographs depicting the nightmare. We created a collage of images and I wrote an editorial. As tragic as the day was for this country, I’m proud that 9/11/01 will always be a part of WCHS and the Trojan Yearbook.
On this September 11, and every day, I honor and remember the victims, heroes, and those serving in the armed forced who protect our freedoms.
God bless you and God bless the United States of America.