• Stephany Tullis

Will we ever forget?


"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you." ~Maya Angelou

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"One day you will tell your story of how you overcame what you went through and it will be someone else's survival guide." ~Brene Brown

I know I will never forget where I was and what I was doing when the World Trade Centers were attacked on September 11th 2011. I can vividly remember the details of this horrendous event that captured the world's attention.


At that time, I worked for the state of New York. My office was on the State Campus and, as usual, I arrived officially 'late' at about 9:30 AM but due to flexible work schedule arrangements, no one expected me before then. The parking lot was full and most employees were at their desks having already begun their work day. The air was brisk despite a bright sun. It had all the makings of a great day!


As I approached the building entrance, my smile and intended wisecrack vanished when one of my colleagues interrupted his morning smoke with a terse, "Have you heard?"

"Heard what?" I asked—no way prepared for his response.

"The World Trade Center (WTC) has been attacked!"

All staff in the Department I worked for—including my boss and the Commissioner—were already glued to their radios and for many good reasons over and above the atrocity of the situation:

  • My colleagues (and me personally) knew and worked with many of the NYC based State employees.

  • 50, 000 employees worked there (many of whom were NYS employees).

  • The department was directly responsible for overseeing employee benefits and entitlements for such employees and their families.

  • 150,000 (average) people visited the WTC daily.

  • 430 companies were housed in the WTC.

I will never forget the range and expression of emotions we experienced that day and years to come. Fear. Uncertainty. Death. Hurt. Tears. Silence. Anger. Confusion. Loss. Helplessness.


Will you? Have you? What were you doing on September 11th 2011? I’d love for you to share your story with me. Email me at: stephanytwrites@gmail.com.

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