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I was sitting in a RE/MAX Company meeting eight years ago today. One of the agents cell phone was getting blown up with calls from his son in D.C.  Jim got up and left the meeting. When he walked back in, he set his radio in the middle of the conference room table.

Nothing was said.

Everyone got up and left.

My daughter pulled into the parking lot as I was pulling out. I rolled down my window and said, “Go home.”

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“Mom, what is wrong?”

“Just go home”…I could not speak.

We made it home in time to see the second twin tower attacked and come down.  Like most of us across the United States we were in shock and numb. My younger children were in school.  I wanted them home.  No one knew what would come next.

It took a terrible event to show again the greatness of the American heart. Let us never forget that same courage, generosity, and kinship still pulses through us.

Today as we reflect on our memories of that day, where we were, and what occurred on 9-11, let us stop and remember and pray for all the families that lost loved ones that day.

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Let us reflect on the unity we felt as a Nation as together we set aside our political differences and really were One Nation Under God.

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Written by Missy Caulk, Associate Broker at Keller Williams Ann Arbor. Missy is the author of Ann Arbor Real Estate Talk and Blog Ann Arbor, and is also the Director for the Ann Arbor Area Board of Realtors and Member of MLS and Grievance Committee's.



  1. Joe Loomer

    September 11, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Amen Missy. I was in the NCO club at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey that morning, and it was just after six a.m. “Bump” – a Senior Chief – walked in from the adjacent room and stated someone had just flown a plane in to the Twin Towers.

    About 40 of us Chiefs were in the middle of mashing some Chief Selectees, and everyone thought it was like that light aircraft that hit the Empire State Building some time earlier – causing minor damage. Bump was adamant that the “s**t was serious, shipmates!” So we wandered into the other room to see what he was all upset about, just in time to watch live as the second plane hit.

    We knew instantly we were at War, we knew who did it, and we knew we should have been at war a year earlier after the USS Cole.

    Navy Chief, Navy Pride

  2. Missy Caulk

    September 11, 2009 at 10:18 am

    Joe, you are right had we taken action after the Cole perhaps this wouldn’t have happened.

  3. Brandie Young

    September 11, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Thanks, Missy.

  4. Gwen Banta

    September 11, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Missy, I’m too emotional to say anthing other than, “thank you,” and God be with those who suffered so much loss.

  5. tomferry

    September 11, 2009 at 4:43 pm

    Missy …. I felt compelled to say “thank you” for this post as well. You already know my story on where I was … what a day we all experienced.

    No matter where we were or what we were doing, time stood still … differences didn’t matter and we as a collective group found the strength to take care of one another.


  6. Matthew Hardy

    September 11, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    We lived in Maryland, near Washington, D.C. at the time. We discussed another attack and the possibility dangerous clouds coming towards our family as we listened to reporting from my wife’s brother who lives in New York City.

    We talked to our neighbors more than we every had.

    I miss the unity.

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