The Eerie Sound of Silence In the Skies of Southern California...

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage NRDS # 146013739

California has a very busy sky. Besides major international airports, there are airports in most cities in the Southern California area. When the FAA shut down the airspace seventeen years ago, the skies were eerily quite except for the occassional compliment of low fighter jets patrolling at low altitude. 

Remembering September 11th ...

America will never be the same after that Tuesday in September back in 2001.  I would hazard to say that no country in the world has been the same.  Seventeen years have gone by but for many, it seems like only days.  There are those people who have been touched and scarred deeply by the event; family members, close friends and co-workers, who never returned home that evening. Since then, over thousands of service men and women have lost their lives defending our freedom;  freedom from tyranny and terrorism. Some of these people go to sleep every evening and wake up every morning with the unbearable pain of what they had to endure.  Our hearts and prayers go out to these brave souls who continue to fight day in and day out to survive the scars they received from the events of that day.

My husband who was an airport manager at UPS, put together a web-page honoring those who lost their lives. I would like to share that link with you and also share this video of the Newsweek Special Report - After the Terror....

God Bless Our Heroes and Their Families




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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

It's truly a sad day we are remembering today. So many lives lost and the repercussions continue to this day for the first responders and others who were there.

Sep 11, 2018 05:02 PM #1
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I am having a difficult time believing it has been 17 years since this tragedy.  In many ways it seems like just last year.

Sep 11, 2018 05:25 PM #2
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Sheri Sperry - MCNE® ,

What a wonderful post..thank you for sharing. I still find it difficult this all happened 17 years ago. My granddaughter was 5 then and is now 22 and living in NYC. I'm sure she is learning the meaning of what happened.

Sep 11, 2018 05:49 PM #3
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Sheri- watching all of the news and films on the History channel, I was reminded that some of the hijackers lived here in Delray Beach, not far from where we were living at the time. A friend who owned a jewelry store on Atlantic Ave said that they had come into his store. 

Sep 11, 2018 06:38 PM #4
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

We do not have busy skies so know your memory was very eerie. Thank you for sharing, Sheri.

Sep 11, 2018 08:38 PM #5
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

My dad retired from the air force and I have lived and worked around AFBs most of my life so on 9/11 came and went and the fighter jets screamed across our sky; I was in shock Sheri...

Sep 11, 2018 10:35 PM #6
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Sheri.

Forever on the defense, the American spirit and defiance will never be defeated.

Sep 12, 2018 02:37 AM #7
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sheri, I had a hot tub in those days, and that week after 9/11, the skies were eerily silent.  

Sep 12, 2018 05:34 AM #8
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Sheri, this is a wonderful post. I can only imagine how eerie the quiet skies were. Even 17 years later 9/11 always makes me feel empty and just want to reflect. 

Sep 12, 2018 05:57 AM #9
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Sheri.  It was a strange time after that day.  I hope nothing like that will ever happen again.

Sep 12, 2018 06:33 AM #10
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Wonderful post, Sheri.  I love that we have an "annual" reality check.  We must never forget! 

Sep 12, 2018 08:30 AM #11
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Sheri. I was moved by the video and think often about the events of that day and thereafter.

Sep 12, 2018 08:40 AM #12
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing some of your memories.

Most of us will never forget the day as well as the years after 9/11. 

Sep 12, 2018 10:52 AM #13
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We had just moved to Napa that year, and since Napa is close to Travis Air Force Base where there is a lot of flying happening, the skies were quiet.  It was definitely quieter than usual, with anoccasional fighter jet. We had a trip scheduled for NY on the 14th, which we canceled, and one for Egypt.  A

Sep 12, 2018 01:23 PM #14
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh, such a wonderful post, Kathy - we shall never forget. 

We went to NYC about 4 years ago and I really had trouble getting through the memorial. I can't imagine losing a loved one going through the memorial.

And, I can't believe it's been 17 years either - I swear, it seems like a year, maybe two ago. 

Sep 13, 2018 08:15 PM #15
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Sheri

It really was a horrible time. We were supposed to be in NYC the next weekend but of course that didn't happen. It really was odd how quiet the skies were for a few day, and there were so many other high rises vacated in Boston, just in case. I have not been to NY since 9/11 - on the one hand I would like to see the memorial but I know it would be very difficult.


Sep 14, 2018 04:45 PM #16
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Sheri, we now live in Westchester and have talked to the neighbors who were here 17 + years ago and indeed it was the eerie silence they remembered... We were living in Century City and friends woke us up and told us turn on the TV...Endre

Sep 14, 2018 11:09 PM #17
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

This is certainly a day that has captured the memories and hearts of Americans.

Sep 15, 2018 05:23 AM #18
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