As our country remembers the 12th anniversary of September 11, Eric Church and Lady Antebellum are recalling where they were when the tragic events began to unfold. For Eric, he was driving to his job at the Shop At Home Network.
“I was listening to Gerry House and the news broke,” he said. “I really couldn’t grasp what had happened until I got to work and saw it for myself on television. I remember I watched the second plane hit the tower in real time. I had just moved to Nashville earlier that year, and all I remember is wanting to go home and be with those I loved. I’ll never forget that feeling.”
Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley woke up with plans to celebrate, but his plans changed quickly when a roommate returned from class to share the news.
“It was my birthday believe it or not,” he said. “I was in college. I woke up, was getting ready to go to class. I had a roommate come in and say, ‘Man, turn on the TV. Classes are canceled. You won’t believe…’ And we all got up and watched it. It was just wild.”
Hillary Scott was in 10th grade and on her way to history class. She and her classmates ended up watching history unfold before their eyes. A close friend’s father was on his way to the Pentagon when the attack happened. He hadn’t yet arrived when the attack occurred. She views September 11 as a time to both remember and celebrate.
“I think everyone has that personal connection to it no matter if you knew someone there or not,” she said. “Not only is it a time to reflect on those lost in that tragedy, I think it’s a time to really celebrate our military. Just another way of bringing praise to them and thanking them for what they do, which is protect us and protect our freedom on a daily basis. And thankfully nothing like that has happened since. And I think that that’s a testament to how well we’re protected.”