I was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. My husband and I went on vacation back east in September 1990. We visted the World Trade center and other New York attractions. I had been on a tour of the World Trade Center when I was in High School, but I thought my husband, a native Idahoan, would enjoy the sights. I never thought that 11 years later I would watch in horror as the towers were hit. I was at my federal job out by the Boise airport. I will never forget that feeling of disbelief and nausea. Most easterners from big cities are usually considered rather cold and don't get involved with those around us. This showed the world how we could band together and help save each other in terrifying situation, without personal regard for each other.
This has changed me for the rest of my life. I have become more open to my fellow Idahoans. I try to smile and have a kind word for people I meet. We are all face a potential catastrophe and could be called upon to help save someone's life.