American Airlines Employee
September 11, 2001 - I was already at work in the health benefits department at the American Airlines Headquarters in Fort Worth, Tx. I was listening to the radio and the world seemed to stop when I heard the DJ announce that an American Airlines plane had just flown into one of the World Trade Center towers. I scrambled to get online to CNN.com for live feed. My managers announced that both AA Headquarters were on high security alert and advised us all to go home and be with our families if we needed. I went home and spent the entire day glued to the television set with tears streaming down my face as I watched as the beautiful NYC landscape engulfed in dark gray ash and smoke, the 2 buildings I once looked up at in awe, crumble to millions of pieces. NYC is one of my favorite places to visit and have been there many times, staying at the World Trade Center Mariott once. I remembered all the friendly faces I came across in the hotel and often wonder if any of them made it. The days following 9/11 were heart wrenching as we took reports from relatives and spouses of our fallen AA collegues. I pray for all the families that lost loved ones that day and for the soldiers currently fighting for our freedom. At American, we honor our collegues by continuing to stay in the air letting the terrorists know that have not defeated America(n), they only strengthened us. I have never been more proud to be a part of the American Airlines family for the past 14 years and I this may sound cliche but I am proud to be an American.