I set out on Friday to take some pictures around the neighborhood, and I ended up down at the beach and snapped a lone beach umbrella, and then a seagull, and then some beach daisies. But when I woke up Saturday morning and saw all the flags planted along the Gulf of Mexico Drive sidewalk (as our town does every year) I knew this would be a more fitting image for September 11.
You see, our little corner here in Florida has some interesting ties to 9-11. It was learned that the terrorists had been right here on Longboat Key at the Hilton. And that they had received training from the flight school in nearby Venice. Then on Monday September 10, President George W. Bush arrived at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport and stayed at The Colony right here on Longboat Key. Dinner was served in the private Colony dining room and was prepared by chef Tommy Klauber. It was a Tex-Mex dinner that included fish tacos, chili con queso, and tenderloin rancheros. On Tuesday morning, September 11, the President went for a four mile run along Gulf of Mexico Drive and then departed for Booker Elementary in Sarasota. He arrived at the school at 8:51 am, just after the first plane hit the North Tower. The South Tower was hit at 9:02.
The rest is history. Everyone remembers the footage of President Bush reading to the children and then his aide, Andrew Card, whispering in his ear that the country was under attack. It’s enough to send chills down your spine.
And now – today – it looks like an investigation is going to open regarding a couple that lived in Sarasota who apparently had ties to the terrorists. From recent newspaper articles, this couple left abruptly on 9-11.
Where was I? In NY – upstate NY. Alex was only two years old…..and had just started attending a nursery school a couple of mornings a week. I dropped him off, went over to Target just as the first plane hit, and joined the few other early morning shoppers at Target in the television department, watching the footage in disbelief.
We will never forget.
Back in January, I joined a group of photographers from The Bloom Forum to challenge our creativity on a weekly basis and our blogs are linked to form a circle. Please continue on to see what the wonderful Cara Richardson, Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia has for this week’s image.