Willwerth: Reflections on 9/11

By Brian Willwerth 

The tragic events of September 11, 2001 will go down as one of the moments in history when everyone remembers where he/she was.  For me, I was lying in bed that Tuesday morning when I saw the news. I had the day off from work, but ended up working many, many hours in the days that followed.

I remembered going to the mall that day to eat lunch with my mother, partly to escape the horrific images that filled our TV sets.  But I will never forget the sight of people crowding around every single television in the electronics store, watching the uninterrupted news coverage. Everything changed that day. As a result, we became more patriotic as a nation.

All sports were cancelled. When the sights and sounds of balls and bats became part of our daily lives again, I will never forget seeing St. Louis Cardinals’ broadcaster Jack Buck, standing in the middle of Busch Stadium. He read a patriotic poem, and then responded to critics who said baseball had returned too soon following 9/11:

“Should we be here tonight?  Yes.”

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