Mikaela's Wake Up Call


11 years ago today I was at home sleeping when I got a call from my father.

I had produced the 10:00 p.m. newscast at the local NBC affiliate the night before and had spent time with friends afterwards, playing darts and talking about the hits, runs, and errors in our newscast.

With that phone call from my father, I found out I would be going into work a lot earlier on September 11th, 2001.  He told me to turn on the Today Show.

With that phone call from my dad, I found out that our lives would completely change.

The memories and details are crystal clear, just like the morning sky on that day, just like the skies in Central Ohio as I recount them eleven years later.

I watched the feeds and news wires all day long, coordinated local memorial coverage and monitored the closings/flight cancellations/skyrocketing gas prices that occurred due to the nightmare that unfolded on television.  My husband (who was not my husband-nor was I even dating at the time) came into the newsroom on his day off—shocked when he took a break on the golf course and saw what was on the TV when he went inside the Pro Shop.

We didn’t know how many had died.  We didn’t know how much our lives would really change, but we knew what happened was devastating.

Eleven years later, I’m home on maternity leave and continue to remember the events of that day and think about all those who have lost their lives since then.  Those in the Twin Towers, civilians and firefighters.  Those on Flight 93.  And of course, all of the military men and women who have died in our fight against terrorism across the globe.

Just this past weekend, I finished a book that meant a lot to the whole experience we had on September 11th.  It’s a controversial read, but one I wanted to take on because of the publicity it was getting and because it spoke to a meaningful time in my life.  In all of our lives.

I downloaded “No Easy Day:  The Autobiography of a Navy Seal” to my Kindle the first day it was available.  Many of you know at NBC 4; books are a major focus of my work in the Read Today series each month. 

I finished this book in four days.  It is the firsthand account of a navy seal that was a part of the mission that killed Osama Bin Laden.  Throughout the entire book I was fascinated by the work the Seals have done over the years, and most poignantly the planning and details of the mission to get Bin Laden.  The book starts “one minute out” on the helicopter flying through night skies to his compound in Pakistan.  You are drawn in from that first chapter, wanting to know more about how the United States finally got the man that ultimately destroyed so many lives here in our country.  I won’t give you specific details that are revealed, but I learned a lot through the eyes of the Navy Seal that told the story.  The man that was part of a two-man sub-team that went onto the third floor of Bin Laden’s compound, found him, and killed him.  You fully take in the moment they said these now well-known words:

“For God and country, Geronimo.  Geronimo E.K.I.A.”

I had an emotional reaction.
Geronimo the codename used for Bin Laden on the mission.
E.K.I.A for Enemy Killed in Action.
This mission meant we got him.

I know many of us don’t have a lot of time day-to-day to pick up a book and read.

But given the events we will never forget on this day, this book will mean something to you and the world we now live in on September 11th, 2012.

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