Just 2 months earlier, we'd arrived in our new home of Prague, Czech Republic. I was working around the house when Jerry called me from his office to tell me to turn on the news. To learn of the events on 9/11 was so gruesome for us all.
Being halfway around the world from my beloved home country was gut-wrenching. I wasn't from New York or DC nor did I know anyone living there, but at that moment I wanted to be home. To hug my loved ones tighter and to support my country and it's people in this time of need. It was hard to be away!!
On the flip-side, what I was able to witness was a heartwarming experience!
"Victims of Terrorism" displayed on the St. Wenceslas statue, one of the most iconic statues in Prague, in the days to follow. A site that's witnessed many important events in Czech history was now a memorial to the lives lost on that fateful day.
The front of the American embassy was equally filled with flowers, candles, tokens and notes of sympathy.
A book was set out in front of the embassy for people to sign expressing their love, sadness and prayers for the people of the United States.
It was so hard to be away, but I was so proud to be an American and so proud of my host country for the love and support expressed during the days and weeks that followed.
It's easy to go about our day as the years go by. However, I don't think any of us will ever forget where we were or what we were doing on the day of September 11, 2001.