|ATC of the USS Arizona in Hawaii that I|
made with Nat Geos and Citra Solv
May 1 and 2, 2011 will now count as "where were you when...." days. In my lifetime there are relatively few but here are some I can remember:
December 8, 1980 (the day John Lennon was murdered): I heard it on the radio. The radio stations played "Imagine" more times in that week following his death than probably the last 30 years combined. It was the first time I can remember a celebrity being killed (I was only a year old when the Manson murders happened). I was already a huge Beatles fan, even though I was only 12. I remember being really bummed because I'd never see them get back together.
March 30, 1981 (the day President Reagan got shot): I can remember coming out of Chorus in 7th grade when I heard the news from another student - they let us watch TV the rest of the day.
January 28, 1986 (the day the Challenger exploded): I was in my US History class, coincidentally; because I was a senior in high school and had very few classes left, they let us watch TV in the Little Theater for the rest of the day.
January 15, 1991 (the day the first Gulf War started): I had just started dating my first husby and heard about it at his parents' house. When I returned to my college house my roommate Sandy was so worried that her brother in-law would be deployed. We had protesters picketing across the street from our house that night.
January 1, 2000 - I was one of those annoying people who wondered why we were celebrating the new millennium a year early, but it was exciting nonetheless. I was at my brother in-law's house and we made a time capsule.
September 11, 2001 - I was in my car on the way to work at Waldenbooks. Since all information was so new, there was much speculation and rumor about what exactly occurred. They eventually closed the mall where I worked because there was word going around that "they" were targeting shopping centers. Those were weird times.
Last night and today: I heard about it on Facebook and watched President Obama's speech last night. It hasn't really sunk in yet but we shall see in the coming weeks and months how this plays out. I don't believe in vengeance so I have no feelings like that whatsoever. I know emotions run high in the early moments of any major event so I like to hold back until we know more about a situation. Of course it's doubtless that today will go down in the history books as a major bright spot for our military.
How about you? Do you remember where you were on these dates? Do you collect ephemera pertaining to events like this, which unite us as a country? Because so much of the things we see now are online, I do wonder what will actually be printed out with this news - certainly people will keep today's newspaper, but what else will be printed? Will there be pin-backs made? Bumper stickers? Handbills?
If you do collect commemorative ephemera, I'd love to see it. In the comments below, let us know what you collect (or artwork you've made with the ephemera!) and post a link. I hope to see lots of cool stuff! :D
P.S. Don't forget to sign up here for your chance to win an ephemera pack from moi! I'll be drawing the name at 5 p.m. CDT tonight! :D