By Jazlyn MacLeod
Sept. 12, 2014
It looked like another regular day for Florida resident Robin Crabtree as she got ready to take her children to school.
Between dropping her kids off she stopped home, always leaving the TV on she heard about the suspected terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre.
She returned home from taking her last child to school she stood watching the reports and seen the second plane crash into the building.
“It was a really sad day for America,” she said.
Crabtree takes time to remember her nephew who was killed in 2009 fighting in the Afghanistan war.
“He was ready to go, as many people were,” she said about the response after the attacks. “Sadly he didn’t live to see the capture of Osama Bin Laden.”
It’s strange, Crabtree said, to be an American in a foreign country on Sept. 11 now.
“Nothing is really done here where in America it would be all over the TV…But here you don’t hear about it as much.”
Travelling by cruise ship, friends Betsy Sibert of Pennsylvania, and Peggy Gibson of South Carolina, say they have seen people remembering 9/11.
When stopped in Sydney they listened to a woman singing songs for all the 9/11 victims. News broadcast had also replayed the events of that day.
“I thought another city had been bombed,” Peggy said when her husband turned on the TV to watch the newscasts.
She was at the doctor’s office for her annual physical and monogram so she was unaware of the attacks when they began.
It wasn’t until she left the exam room and noticed everyone crying, Gibson said, that she knew something devastating had happened.
“Very, very scary day.”
Betsy continued her day of teaching that day, with requests from other staff in the building to keep quiet of the events until the students were sent home to their parents.
The principal of the school monitored the updates in their office, Sibert said, while teachers caught up on breaks and lunch in the teachers lounge.
“Hopefully we won’t have to relive any of that,” Gibson said.
“In any part of the world,” Sibert added.