9/11 is a day that will be etched in history forevermore. It's a day when most people can remember exactly where they were and what they were doing during the critical moments when the twin towers went down.
As the events of that day unfolded, I personally remember sitting at Manchester Airport waiting to get on a plane. I was going on a much needed holiday to Greece when I spotted the hustle and bustle coming from a small crowd that had gathered around the TV in the departure lounge.
As I wandered over to see what all the fuss was about I soon realised the emmense gravity of the situation. I knew straight away that the impact of this event would send out ripples for many years to come.
I even remember feeling a slight pang of panic wash over me. At the end of the day, I was about to board a plane after witnessing a another plane plough straight into the side of one of the towers.
When you see something like that, it stays with you forever. Even the feelings you felt in that specific moment can be recalled. I know that for me, possibly due to being ex-forces, I found myself going back into a state of hyper vigillence similar to how I would have been while serving in Northern Ireland or Bosnia.
As I boarded the plane, everyone was talking about what we had all witnessed on the TV. There was this huge sense of disbelief and for the whole flight, it was all that all the passengers talked about.
Due to being on the plane for the duration of the flight, I never actually saw the towers collapse but sure enough, as soon as I had landed in Greece, it was all being replayed over and over on the news. Every channel was filled with the devastating footage of the towers collapsing.
No matter where you were, what you were doing, or whether the attacks were carried out by Al-Qaeda or part of some conspiracy theory, today is a day for rememberance.
On this day, 2996 ordinary people lost their lives and over 6000 were injured. Not to mention the others who died due to 9/11 related cancers and respiratory diseases in later months.
I have since paid my repects by visiting Ground Zero in honour fo those poor souls who paid the ultimate price. It's such a fitting memorial and really does do them justice. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum is encouraging those commemorating the anniversary to use the hashtag #Honor911 on social media.
So, as members of Final RV, let's never forget this fateful day and comment below to let us know where you were and what you were doing using the hashtag #Honor911.
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM!