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Sept 11

The morning of Sept 11, 2001 my alarm clock went off with the news of a passenger plane hitting the World Trade Center. Confused, I said to Jen, my future wife,  “Did you hear that?” then stumbled to the TV and watched in horror.

When the first tower fell I yelled out “All those people!” In shock Jen responded, “They must have evacuated the building?” I remember hearing a boot stomp thud and a “No!” from my neighbor below. We all knew the gravity of the situation and the likelihood of thousands dead.

Weeks later, at a Canucks pre-season game, the crowd sang in unified resolve, the American anthem. Some waved American flags and the anthem ended with a loud, powerful cheer. That was one way of showing solidarity and support.

Through the tragedy our petty gripes with Americans dissolved. They were our neighbors, good ones at that, and Canadians wanted to help. To me, it felt like we the two countries became “One” That was a good feeling.

Sadly, today, that feeling of “One” has faded. Cultural and political differences have wedged their way back into our relationship. But on the Sept 11th, I remembered, like good neighbors, we are there for each other when needed.

Dave Notte

About the Author: Dave Notte

Dave Notte is the founder of Wolfgang Commercial Painters, one of Metro Vancouver's largest commercial and strata painting companies.

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