Like most of you I remember well this day 9 years ago. It was a beautiful blue-sky September day, my mother's birthday and I was thinking of her and hoping she had a good day, planning to call her later in the day. I had just gotten to work when we began to hear the news. What had happened? Was it a freak accident? Then other tragedies began to happen and we knew it was worse than we could have imagined.
My son was on a ship in the Mediterranean, my daughter-in-law and 4 year old granddaughter on the Navy base in Norfolk which quickly became thought of as one of the next targets. They called my daughter-in-law at work to pick up B as they were closing the base day care and closing down the base. She called my husband and he and I left work immediately to go get her. DIL felt she had to stay to work but wanted B to go with us. In the four hour drive we listened over and over to the news on the radio in disbelief. This couldn't have happened here - but it did and we will always remember.