For every generation, there is a moment that occurs in history in which we remember exactly what we were doing when we heard about it. Today, we remember the moment that occurred for the recent generation, the attacks of September 11, 2001. While these events may not have occurred near the city of Louisville, there are stories of people associated with the city who were impacted by the attack.
One story is that of Ed Hamilton, the man who created the sculpture of York that is located on the Belvedere. Though he lives in Louisville, Ed Hamilton was in New York competing to create a memorial for Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson. On September 10, 2001, Hamilton and his wife ate dinner at Windows on the World, a restaurant located on the 106th and 107th floors of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Within 24 hours, both the North Tower he had been in the night before and the South Tower would be gone.
Another account is that of the 23 executives from Humana, a company located in Louisville. These executives were in New York to unveil a new all-digital health plan to the media at a building located several blocks from the World Trade Center.
Not only did people from Louisville who were visiting New York at the time feel the impact of the attacks, even people here could feel it. My mother, brother, and I were all born in New York –my mother on Long Island and my brother and I in upstate New York. Though I personally do not know anyone who was in or near the buildings on that day, it is possible that someone else in my family may have.
Today, the 11th anniversary of the attacks, take some time to remember and say a small prayer for the people who were killed on that day as well as their families and friends.