Where Were You?

Where were you 7 years ago this morning?  I think that many of us have let the memory slip a little.  We argue amongst ourselves about whether we should be in Iraq, althewhile forgetting that we’re still in Afganhistan as well.  The end goal is the same.  Fight Terror.  (I bet some of you still think it’s about oil. That’s OK.)

The USA is safer today than it was in 2001.  Certainly safer than it was in the early morning hours of 9/11.

On that day, 7 years ago, my roommate at the time (Hi Jeff!) came running into my room to wake me.  “You gotta get up and come see this!” He yelled while kicking the bed.  “Somebody just bombed us!”  This was very shortly after the first explosion in the first tower.  At the time, nobody knew that it was a plane.  They were assuming it was some sort of bombing.

I must admit that at first, I didn’t believe him and thought he was being over dramatic.  Until I saw the image on the television.  Horrible.  I flipped back and forth from Fox, CNN, and MSNBC all morning.  When I got to work later that afternoon, I switched the television at work over to CNN and watched some more.

In the hours and days following, our President (duly elected, I would remind you) made a decision based on the facts that he had and we began a global whoop assing.  And while we were over there, they decided to clean up a little mess that was working on becoming a big mess (You can call it Iraq).

So, today of all days, let’s not forget what it is that we are fighting for.  For the freedoms that we enjoy.  The very same freedoms that allow Obama, and Pelosi to call our President a big dodo.  Maybe he is, and maybe he isn’t.  But to pretend that any of this is about oil is an insult to us all.

Let’s set it all aside for today and just remember those that gave their lives (unwillingly) in the name of freedom.   God Bless them all.

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Shane Ede is an IT guy by day and a Entrepreneurial Blogger by night. You can follow him here on Thatedeguy or over on Twitter and Google+.


  1. I can remember vividly that on that particular day, I was playing football with my friends. Then my friend received an SMS saying that an airplane flew into world trade centre. I cannot believe it until I am back home watching the news.

  2. I was living on the upper west side at the time, and had come home from a gig downtown at 4 in the morning. Upon separating with my band mates I remember saying, “I don’t want ANYONE to wake me up tomorrow.” Needless to say, the phone started ringing like crazy around 10am. It’s funny..I notice it more and more now, but every year I find myself in a place that has exactly the same weather of that day. A picture perfect early autumn day, not a cloud in the sky, beautiful temperatures, etc.

  3. At that time I was driving into a beach for relaxation and I heard the news from my friend and was scared being there, so I rushed home to know of the news.

  4. I’m in the UK and can remember quite clearly I was at work on 9/11. My husband rang me, he works from home, to tell me the terrible events unfolding in the US. I can even remember what I was wearing, how strange is that?


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