I so agree Barb that watching the 9/11 events cannot help anyone's peace of mind! Gail, I am sorry that you and your mother had to live through that experience which was so close to home.
Let me share my little experience in which I was much less impacted! I had just come to care for Dad after his injury during the robbery. He was recovering and watching the news (over and over again) while I escaped to the outside to a much more beautiful environment and pretty much missed the event. It was too horrific!
Now Dad lived about 20 minutes from the Seattle-Tacoma airport and was in the flight pattern which he loved - after all he was a Boeing engineer... However, what I remember most was when they discontinued all the airline flights. It was so quiet! It was just like a calm had come over the world...
But it didn't last for long and now we are back to the "noise". While it is amazing what mankind has accomplished, it changes the complexion of our world. Oftentimes I long for the "slower" days where such horrific acts are not so easily carried out!