I remember where I was when it happened. I was getting ready to go to work at the local tack and feed store, when I heard my Mom crying in the other room. It was her birthday... 9/11/2001.
I wondered why she was so sad on her birthday and went to go see. I entered the room just in time to see the first tower start to crumble. My Mom cried harder. My Mom doesn’t cry easily or often.
I sat down beside her and tried to make sense of what I was seeing. We could see people jumping from the second tower. My stomach ached and I felt physical pain down my legs. It was horrific!
Hurt and anger and confusion and sadness and feeling helpless while aching to do something... these were a few things I felt. I also felt great pride for my country. I felt proud of the men and women who ran into the terror to try and save lives and I wondered if I would ever be that brave.
I will never forget where I was 18 years ago and how I felt. My heart still hurts for those we lost and those who lost. #neverforget911#neverforget#911#alwaysremember#18yearsagotoday
6 days ago
18 years today.. I was at work, out west, watching the horror on a rigged TV. Cars were stopped in the middle of the road in town, store doors were open and people were on other people’s lawns, watching the news thru the windows, thru store windows and doors.. everything closed as our world turned upside down. •
You guys. We can’t forget. #911#18yearsagotoday#twintowers#wewillneverforget •
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One of the greatest days of my life.
8 hours ago
Fresh off a 24-hour shift at Fire Station 3, Alex Mickschl stands tall on the edge of a rocky cliff overlooking I-90, waving a large flag. For 17 years, this patch of wind swept land is where Alex remembers and honors his fellow brothers and sisters who died on 9/11. "I do this to remind people, but not just the of the tragedy, but how we came together after it happened," said Alex.
In 2001, Alex was a new hire with the fire department, and his daughter was just a few months shy of her first birthday. On 9/11, Alex vividly remembers watching the terrorist attacks unfold on live television at home, with his sweet daughter in a bassinet near by. "I remember thinking there was nothing I can do because I was so new on the job. But I had to do something to show respect, and this is what I came up with," added Alex.
On the first anniversary of 9/11, Alex appeared on a bluff near 5th and Arthur and started waving a four by six foot flag, in his full uniform. "I don't want people to see me, Alex. It's all about being a firefighter since that's my calling. It's about honoring brother and sisters in uniform," said Alex.
Every 9/11, Alex waves the flag four hours in the morning and four hours in the afternoon. Standing out here gives him time to reflect. "In my head, it doesn't feel like 18 years since 9/11. When I think of the firefighters, my brothers and sisters, I get emotional...I get into a zen space of trying to be at peace," said Alex.
Time is perhaps best reflected in the eyes of Alex daughter, Alexandria. A little girl and a bassinet is now a teen with big dreams to join the military and be a firefighter, just like her dad. "I couldn't be prouder," said Alex.
2 days ago
Its our 18th! I’m so grateful to be sharing this adventure with someone so wonderful, and I look forward to all the love, laughter and wonder ahead for us. "Loved you yesterday, love you still, always have, always will..."