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Saturday, September 12, 2020

Today is a day that will be in our memories forever. It's not just 9/11 disaster.

Our plans for that week were picking up a Penske truck on Fri., loading my mother's household into it as she was leaving Iowa for Texas. A stop in Nebraska for the rest of her furniture and then on the road to Pharr, TX.

How plans change. I was watching GMA that morning with Diane Sawyer sitting in front of a window that showed the Twin Towers. Suddenly there was a plane circling one tower and then flew into it. That was the first plane. Called my hubby as the 2nd plane hit the 2nd tower. I immediately said they had to shut down the planes throughout the country which happened. Spent time listening to the breaking news as it was happening.

Evening turns in to night and night turns into day. We got word the next evening at dinner that my F-I-L passed away. So drove out to hubby's mom's home 150 miles away. home again that night and made plans as we could. We now had to get families to the funeral from all over the US without planes. We went to the rental place to ask if we could have some one else pick up the truck as we had a funeral the day of pick up. He gave us the truck right then and 2 free days. Brought it to our house and began to load. Then back to the wake and funeral again 150 miles away. Family gathered through the Fri. evening. We returned to our home on Sat. to finish the loading of mom's items. Left our place, going to my brother's another 7 hrs. on the road. Got the furniture and left there on Sun. We drove another 1300 miles to set up a house for my mom.

Through telling this story, you can see that we only spent time with the disaster of the towers on the initial day and then was entirely devoting our time the next week to family matters. We kept up on the news as we could but we didn't get the full scope of it until we headed back to our home 1600 miles north.

May we always remember those that died on this day and honor them as well as the volunteers that worked so hard in the aftermath. God bless them all.

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