Sept. 11, 2001: a day most people can remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard or saw the news that planes had crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City. Much like those who remember when JFK was shot or when the Challenger space shuttle blew apart.
I was a college student at the time, studying journalism and working as a communications specialist for the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association. I remember arriving at work and having coworkers ask me if I’d heard anything about a plane crash. We had radios on and the TV going to try and understand and piece together just what was happening. When we realized the tragedy, it was hard to comprehend, as most probably felt that day.
Later I arrived at school to find classes cancelled. Students were gathered around every TV available, just taking in the enormity of what had happened that morning. For people of my generation, this was the first “big thing” to have happened. I was 8 years old when Challenger blew up, and don’t have much recollection of the event. Sadly, the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001, is an event that is forever burned into my brain. I’ll never forget the emotions, the reactions, the heartbreak of all the people around.
While I didn’t directly know anyone who was lost that day, I, like many people, wasn’t immune to the long-term effects of the attacks. From basic security changes at airports to having a sister who served in Iraq, the changes that took over daily routines are evident and sometimes hit home a little too hard. My thoughts go out to all those directly affected that day and all days in the last 10 years.
The editors at Corn & Soybean Digest would love to hear the story of where you were on that fateful day, Sept. 11, 2001. What were you doing? How has your life been impacted? Please share your story with us below in the comments section, or feel free to email it to [email protected]  and we’ll post it here.