My sister worked on the 17th floor of the north tower, and this is how she got back to New Jersey that day. This is what she wrote on Facebook:
"So many heroes that day that went towards the danger. I got on a ferry after both towers had been attacked but prior to collapse. I will always remember how professional and calm the crew was despite the horror unfolding clearly in view."
Yesterday evening, I was reminded of Representative Omar’s remarks, “Some people did something” on 9/11/01.
That’s when I realized… she was right.
“Some people DID do something.”
Hundreds of first responders in New York rushed into WTC 1 and 2, to get as many people out before the buildings collapsed, all while knowing they probably wouldn’t be one of those who escaped.
A couple dozen Marines, after extracting children from the daycare center in the Pentagon, set up a defensive perimeter around those children and were ready to lay down their lives for them.
An F-16 pilot, flying her unarmed aircraft, prepared herself to take down Flight 93 by ramming it to prevent it from reaching its target.
And a dozen ordinary Americans, armed with nothing more than a beverage cart and the resolute courage of Americans that can be traced back to the Concord Green in 1775, charged the cockpit of Flight 93.
So, YES, “Some people did something.” The something they did was to stand for civilization, for their fellow man and to draw that line that means, “Hate and terror shall not pass this point.”