The Eeire Sound 0f Silence In The Skies Above Southern California

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty NRDS # 146013739

Southern California has a very busy sky. Besides major international airports, there are airports in most cities in the Southern California area. Our home was in the path of commuter flights from Orange County to Ontario International Airport, and it was also under the vector to LAX.  Planes and helicopters were a natural sound of our environment.  Then it stopped suddenly...

When the FAA shut down the airspace twenty-one years ago, the skies were eerily quiet except for the occasional compliment of fighter jets patrolling at low altitudes. 

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.  Twenty-one years have gone by, but for many, it seems much shorter than that  For others, it seems much longer... 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, 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, as well as the thought that their loved ones are never coming home.  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 Ontario Airport manager at UPS during 9/11/01, 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

 

 


Select the link below to see where the 9/11 Artifact is located.

Where Is The Sedona World Trade Center Artifact & Memorial Located?

 

 

Comments (26)

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 do remember sitting in my hot tub that night, and hearing NO PLANES in the air, that was very eerie.

Sep 11, 2022 06:53 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS,

It did bring the nation together, and I am grateful for that.

Sep 11, 2022 09:38 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi  Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400,

I do feel the closer you were to "Ground Zero" had a huge impact. You were pretty close.

Sep 11, 2022 09:41 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Grant Schneider,

There was a different perspective of these events depending on your location and on the impact it had.

Sep 11, 2022 09:45 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Nina Hollander, Broker - Certain things will stay engrained in our minds, such as very little traffic in your case.

Sep 11, 2022 09:48 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kat Palmiotti - Indeed.  I don't think I have ever asked a young adult, who would have been a child at the time, what they were thinking and what the impact was to them.

Sep 11, 2022 09:50 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Roy,

Thank you for your comments and I hope you have had a chance to reflect as well.

Sep 11, 2022 09:51 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Joan Cox - A couple of times a day, fighter jets would come through creating the fear and angst all over again.

Sep 11, 2022 09:56 AM
Joan Cox

THAT would be scary to hear those overhead.

Sep 11, 2022 10:27 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Sheri and thanks for sharing the you tube with us here in the rain.  I lost a friend in the second tower and remember him often.

 

Sep 11, 2022 10:14 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Sheri, we are so on the same page, it was an incredibly  quiet and somber day, we were living in a moment in time I hope we will never have to experience it again. Endre

p.s.: as you know we have lived in Westchester CA walking distance to LAX for the past eight years and our neighbors had so me stories about how quiet it was...

Sep 11, 2022 02:02 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Will Hamm - I am so sorry to hear that.  I am sure your friend holds a warm place in your heart.

Sep 11, 2022 03:28 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Endre Barath, Jr. - Your area is very similar to ours except that you probably hear the jets taking off.   I keyed into this about 9/11 because the silence was deafening.  Where I live now, it is so quiet all the time.  I would never have noticed that planes were grounded.  Incidently, we are about a mile from our local airport!  No noise...

Sep 11, 2022 03:34 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Sheri indeed we actually hear the planes coming in to land where we live. Only when it is windy or raining do they fly in the opposite direction then we hear them taking off and yes all the neighbors said it was such an eerie silence....Endre

Sep 11, 2022 04:54 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

You point out an element to 9/11 that I hadn't considered before, Sheri.  The silence surrounding airports across this nation.  I remember working at a software development company on that fateful day.  Our company president was just 4 blocks from the towers when the planes hit.  My immediate superior (a Director of the company) was in Sarasota, Florida, with several other employees that day.  Because, Florida was considered a hotspot of potential terrorist activity, we couldn't fly them home for several days.  They finally rented a car, and drove to Atlanta, to ultimately fly home to California.

Sep 11, 2022 05:59 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Sheri- I'm going to your links after this comment. I was watching an interesting documentary on the History Channel -9/11: Inside Air Force One. Watch it if you get a chance. I remember the first time I had to fly shortly after that day. I had to go through the Houston Airport and when I saw armed soldiers walking around...I wanted to be safe at home. 

Sep 11, 2022 06:40 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat

This was the unexpected part of what happened to thousands and thousands of stranded travelers. Fortunately, many, like your director and other employees, were able to rent a car to get home.  My husband worked for UPS, and the entire Board of Directors was visiting the districts in California and had to get back to Atlanta.  They finally rented some cars and drove back.

Sep 11, 2022 06:54 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy Streib,

Rick and I had a big trip planned to Maui less than 2 weeks after 9/11.  We debated whether to cancel or go.  We decided that we wouldn't cave in to terrorism and made the trip.  We experienced the same thing as you with soldiers and M1s all over the airport.  It was surreal.  But the real story was in Maui.  All those tourists were stranded there for days after 9/11.  Food and other supplies were dwindling.  A major company from NYC pulled their convention.  By the time we got there, the island was like a ghost town.  There were only a handful of guests at any of the restuarants we went too.  It was unbelievable.  The locals were so happy we were there!

Sep 11, 2022 07:02 PM
Kathy Streib

So many stories and experiences. I remember standing in a Mail=It place and a lady was trying to get money to her daughter who was stranded with her friend in Mexico. She did not want her driving to drive back to the US alone, so she wanted to send money for the hotel. 

Sep 13, 2022 10:15 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

It was such a weird time, Sheri! No airplane noise for days, and all the high rises in Boston (where I lived at the time) were evacuated that day. There is nothing to compare to this.

We were supposed to spend the following weekend in NYC - obviously that did not happen.

Jeff

Sep 11, 2022 07:30 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

This is certainly an event that will never be forgotten and will be included in the history books.

Sep 12, 2022 05:54 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Sheri Sperry - MCNE® ,

We definitely felt the silence. I always felt the Fall real estate market began the week after Labor Day. We all had relocation clients scheduled to fly in to look and after September 11th no one could fly. Everything came to a dead stop!

Sep 25, 2022 09:39 AM