In Rememberance of 9-11-01

In Rememberance of 9-11-01

9-11 Never Forget

Where were you on 9-11-01?

I was sitting at the front desk of Parrot Ice Drink Products. I was receptionist. One of the employees came in and asked if I was listening to the radio. “Someone flew a plane into one of the Twin Towers in New York!” she said, “They are saying it’s terrorists!”

My brain would not accept that. Like the largest part of the world, I had grown complacent. “That can’t be right.” I told her. “No one is stupid enough to attack the U.S.!” I was wrong.

We turned on the small television in the conference room and it kept the company updated throughout the day. We just couldn’t believe what was happening. It was like a horrible nightmare.

Some months later, Alan Jackson released a song, “Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning?” For me this song says it all. It sums up every feeling, and helps me remember to this day, all the things I saw, heard, and felt that day. Things I wish we never saw, but pray we never forget.

Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning?

Alan Jackson

Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?
Were you in the yard with your wife and children
Or working on some stage in L.A.?
Did you stand there in shock at the sight of that black smoke
Risin’ against that blue sky?
Did you shout out in anger, in fear for your neighbor
Or did you just sit down and cry?

Did you weep for the children who lost their dear loved ones
And pray for the ones who don’t know?
Did you rejoice for the people who walked from the rubble
And sob for the ones left below?
Did you burst out with pride for the red, white and blue
And the heroes who died just doin’ what they do?
Did you look up to heaven for some kind of answer
And look at yourself and what really matters?

I’m just a singer of simple songs
I’m not a real political man
I watch CNN but I’m not sure I can tell
You the difference in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith, hope and love are some good things He gave us
And the greatest is love

Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?
Were you teaching a class full of innocent children
Or driving down some cold interstate?
Did you feel guilty ’cause you’re a survivor
In a crowded room did you feel alone?
Did you call up your mother and tell her you loved her?
Did you dust off that Bible at home?

Did you open your eyes, hope it never happened
Close your eyes and not go to sleep?
Did you notice the sunset the first time in ages
Or speak to some stranger on the street?
Did you lay down at night and think of tomorrow
Or go out and buy you a gun?
Did you turn off that violent old movie you’re watchin’
And turn on “I Love Lucy” reruns?

Did you go to a church and hold hands with some strangers
Did you stand in line and give your own blood?
Did you just stay home and cling tight to your family
Thank God you had somebody to love?

[Chorus x2]

And the greatest is love.
And the greatest is love.

Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?


The world is now a different place than the world I grew up in. People are more careful, more aware. We lock our doors, our cars, our hearts. I am glad to see that Alan Jackson mentions Jesus, and God. He says in the chorus, “But I know Jesus, and I talk to God, and I remember this from when I was young, Faith Hope and Love are some good things He gave us, but the greatest is Love.” (1st Corinthians 13:13)

God loved us enough to give His son so we can have eternal life. He told us “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13) The people who died on 9-11-01 did just that. I believe they earned their right to walk those streets of gold. We all need to take a lesson from these people. We need to rely on love, and God.



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