Friday, September 11, 2009

Remembering 9/11

**We Will Never Forget This Day**

Where were you eight years ago today? At that time, I worked for Taylor Farms, a fresh-cut produce supplier. My responsibility that day was to meet a Sysco sales representative in Cookeville and teach him how to sell the product.

When I arrived at our meeting place (a local Cookeville office), a mutual friend walked up to my car and stated "Some kind of plane has hit the World Trade Center in New York City." Oddly, I'd gotten ready for work this day without turning on TV and had driven in without turning on the radio. We quickly rushed upstairs to a meeting room that had a television. The first tower was on fire and TV news was speculating on what sort of plane had hit and whether or not it was pilot error. The fact of it being an attack hadn't yet dawned on many people. Suddenly, a second plane slammed into the other tower. The cold reality of a coordinated terrorist attack immediately fell upon all of us in that room. One of us (I forget who) remarked "We will never forget this day." Selling produce wasn't on my agenda anymore as our lives were changed forever on that day...we watched in horror as the first tower collapsed and then the second.

I will never forget being at home later that evening, walking onto my back deck, and noticing how quiet everything seemed to be. There were no planes criss-crossing the night sky, as they'd been grounded. I recalled the words "We Will Never Forget This Day"....

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Weather History for This Date
1983-Temperatures hit 100° in Nashville. This is latest date ever for a 100° reading.

Fun Weather Site of The Day
It is appropriate on this day to feature the FEMA web site READY.GOV. Prepare, plan, and stay informed is the theme of this site. From that site, you can make plans, print out forms, and have a plan for your home, your business, and even educate your children on what to do in the event we see a repeat of a 9/11-style attack.

Cookeville's Daily Almanac
Yesterday's high: 83° low: 60°
Normal High: 83°
(Record: 99° in 1896)
Normal Low: 58°
(Record: 40° in 1976)
Last Year: 85° and 67°
1.20" of rain fell on this date in 1960
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