If someone were to ask me which past event has etched itself in my memory the most… it would be the horrible attacks of 9-11. I was working 2nd shift at Stevens Ind in Teutopolis, IL as a manger for a furniture brand. I was laying in bed at 8AM when the phone rang. It was my father. He said ” Are you watching tv?” I said “NO, I am in bed.” He said ” Turn it to CNN! Some country has just bombed New York City!” I about fell out of bed! I turned on the tv and called all my friends. I called my boss at work and said I would not be in that evening. I went to a friend’s house and we sat by the tv wondering what was next. We drove to the little town of Toledo, IL to get some beer. The lines at the gas station where HUGE!! The price was ticking up at an alarming rate! It seemed that things were in chaos! Scary time for all of us.
The world is filled with many differing opinions as to what happened on that day. I am a Liberal Democrat and despised George W Bush, but I could never fully believe that him or any other member of my government had something to do with it. I think it had more to do with those higher than the president. Enough said… In these dastardly attacks almost 3000 innocent people lost their lives. Over 70 countries claim to have lost citizens in this attack, Serbia included.
Vladimir on the left and Bojan on the right.
Vladimir Tomasevic and Bojan Kostic were two Serbs who lost their lives on September 11th, 2001. Vladimir Tomasevic, 36, played in the Yugoslav tennis league and coached tennis as a way to pay for his masters degree in electrical engineering. His career led him to be vice-president of software company,Optus e-Business Solutions. They were on the 106th floor of the north tower for a conference that day. The company issued a statement about the loss of Vladimir “He would have been standing back and helping others get out.”
Bojan Kostic, 34, was born in Belgrade. He moved to the USA in the middle 80’s to study. He met the woman of his dreams, Susanna Ferm. He had fallen for her so much that he asked her to move in with him after their first date. Three weeks later, she did.
Bojan worked as a Sales Trader and would arrive at 6am each morning. The evening before 9/11, Susanna quizzed him for his citizenship test which he was eagerly anticipating. He got the questions right. “He was ready”, said Susanna.
Any attack around the world that kills innocent people is a horrible thing. They are all equally horrible and should be condemned by all! The responsible should be punished to the highest extent of the law. Let’s all take a moment and think of those that have perished in this attack and for their loved ones whose lives are forever changed. R.I.P.
THANKS TO THE “BRITIC” MAGAZINE FOR THE INFO..