Today is not a regular day for America and it’s hard to act as such when so many people are still hurting. Today marks the 20th Anniversary of the attacks of 9/11, a day that changed so many lives and the entire course of American history as we know it. Robin Roberts opened up today’s “Good Morning America” with a powerful prayer.
She joins a growing list of celebrities commemorating those lives tragically lost. Some celebrities were directly involved on Ground Zero in New York City, like Steve Buscemi who volunteered as a firefighter. For Mark Wahlberg, he didn’t find himself at Ground Zero like Buscemi, but it was actually a pretty close call. Wahlberg got emotional remembering the events of 9/11 and he talked to reporters about narrowly missing being on that tragically hijacked flight.
Mark Wahlberg Saved by a Friend
About a week prior to the fall of the WTC, a seat on a domestic flight from Boston to L.A. had Mark Wahlberg’s name on it. Not just any flight, this flight marked one of the planes that saw its tragic end on September 11th. Wahlberg decided not to go through with the flight because he wanted to catch a buddy’s movie at the Toronto Film Festival and needed to catch a flight the week prior instead. This happy accident, coincidence, higher intervention–whatever you want to call it– something saved his life.
Wahlberg took to Twitter to issue a short and succinct, but still powerful message. Other Twitter users responded to Wahlberg and continued the dialogue about remembering all the heroes from that day.
@jennyraej1979 wrote: “I think for just one day every year, Time stands still for all of us as we remember every soul that was lost on this day 20 years ago. I’m sending out extra love for all who needs it. In the darkness we shine. #SpreadLoveAndLoveWillSpread #NeverForget911“
You can check out Wahlberg’s Twitter tribute that keeps the promise “We will never forget” below:
Other Stars That Narrowly Dodged the Tragedy
Mark Wahlberg is not the only celebrity that narrowly evaded a tragic end that day. Actually, Michael Jackson’s brother wrote a section of his You Are Not Alone Michael: Through a Brother’s Eyes memoir about how the King of Pop did the same.
“Thankfully, none of us had had a clue that Michael was due at a meeting that morning at the top of one of the Twin Towers. We only discovered this when Mother phoned his hotel to make sure he was okay. She, Rebbie [Jackson] and a few others had left him there around 3 am. ‘Mother, I’m okay, thanks to you,’ [Michael] told her. ‘You kept me up talking so late that I overslept and missed my appointment.’”
Billy Ray Cyrus also opened up in the past about some of his connections to the events and how he refuses to believe in coincidences.