GC+You: Where Were You on 9/11?
GC+You is a weekly blog contributed by GCU Dean of Students Tim Griffin and Student Development Director John-Paul Reiger. This week they hand over the duties to ASGCU Multicultural Director Matt Muchna.
September 11, 2001, started as a normal day for me.
I begrudgingly rolled over to my 7 a.m. alarm. I opened my closet and put on what I thought was a killer outfit. I then walked to the pantry and poured myself a bowl of cereal, just like thousands of other 10 year olds that day.
I turned on the television to watch cartoons before anyone else could tell me otherwise. I quickly realized that this day would not be just an ordinary day.Over and over, broadcast stations played clips of two planes flying into the World Trade Center towers in New York City, as well as videos of the Pentagon in flames and pictures of a field in southern Pennsylvania were United Flight 93 was heroically brought down.
As my family filed into the living room one by one that morning, everyone was silent. The images on the TV mesmerized each of us.
The rest of that day went by as any other typical day. Except that everywhere I went people were either murmuring about the attacks or were oddly quiet.
Going to the store that day with my mom I remember seeing some people who were panicking. Stocking up on food like it was Y2K. Other people were leaving work early, just because no one knew what else to do.
I went to the local skate park and tried to drop down a ramp for the first time in my life. I fell and scraped both of my knees.
I spent the remainder of my September 11 in front of the TV with bloody knees. I will never forget that day.
In order to commemorate the ten-year anniversary of the September 11 attacks, I wanted to create a place for people to post their own unique stories and to remember the loss of life and the effect of that day upon our world today. I am interested to see if anyone was in New York City on that day, or if anyone had relatives that were in the city. Please post your own story below.
Matt Muchna is a senior sociology major. He is the ASGCU Multicultural Director and part of the GCU cross-country team. He enjoys people, story telling and a friendly game of ping-pong.