Today (Sunday, September 11) marks the 10th anniversary of the horrific terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon that brought down the Twin Towers, killed 3,000 people and forever changed both the future of the United States and the course of history.
Vocalist Randy Blythe of Richmond, Virginia metallers LAMB OF GOD shared his thoughts on 9/11 via Twitter:
“10 years ago today I woke up late as usual, drank some coffee and walked to my cooking job at Avalon restaurant in Richmond, Virginia. I was in a good mood. I came in and saw my buddy Steve (born and raised in New York City) and said, ‘Wassup, man,’ and he said, ‘I guess we’re at war again, man.’ I looked up at the TV. I saw the planes fly into the towers again and again. I didn’t really understand it at first.
“Didn’t open the restaurant that day. We watched. As the day wore on, I watched the TV, it sank in what had happened to all those people and I remember thinking, ‘Things will never be the same. Finally at some point in the day, it REALLY sunk in and I began to cry. New York City, the Pentagon, the passengers on [Flight] 93 who fought them to the ground. I wanted the images to stop, and at some point I stopped watching TV. But the images wouldn’t stop, and have shaped my life since in many ways.
“A lot of ugly things happened after 9/11, but for a brief time there was a spirit of unity amongst my people, OUR people, the American people.
“Today I think should be a solemn day of reflection, not just on those lost and their kin, but on the meaning of what it is to be one of us.
“I have been literally around the world several times, and I remain convinced that the United States of America is the greatest nation on Earth. We are ONE nation made up of MANY people. Let us remember that and try to act accordingly. It should not take a tragedy to remind us of that.
“Ten years later, I’m in New York City having my coffee, then I’ll go to work just like in 2001. But first I’ll stop by Ground Zero to pay my respects.
“So it’s a sad day, but it’s good for me to be here. New York City still stands tall, as does D.C. near my Virginian home. We ain’t going away and we WONT go away as long as we remain UNITED. THINK about it, and be good to each other.
“I’m off to Ground Zero. Have a good day.”