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We Remember September 11, 2001 – 10 Years Later

| On 11, Sep 2011

Family members gather at the site of the former World Trade Center towers in New York on September 11, 2011 to mark the 10th anniversary of the attacks. (AP Photo)

Today is a somber day in the U.S. as the country marks the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

This day means a lot of different things to different people. For those who lost loved ones, it opens wounds that will probably never heal. For the rest of the nation (and the world) who watch the horror unfold on live television, it is a day of unbelievable and almost out-of-body memories.

Who could have ever prepared to see, let alone be in the middle of, events that took out both World Trade Center towers, damaged the Pentagon, and forever changed a rural field in Pennsylvania? The terrorist attacks killed nearly 3,000 people.

For me, it’s a day of remembering where I was, the people I talked to, and how utterly stunned I was the entire day. As a 21-year-old college student, I was enjoying my extended weekend trip to Washington, D.C. from September 7-11. A call to my mother from a mall pay phone changed everything when I found out a plane hit the World Trade Center on that Tuesday morning. The sheer horror in her voice when she first spoke to me is something I can never forget.

I never made U.S. Airways Flight 5846 from D.C. to Columbus, Ohio later that night of September 11. It was canceled along with all other air travel following the attacks. Today I looked at the receipt I saved for that $159 round-trip flight and realized how blessed I am and so many others are.

We use today to honor all of the injured and the victims – the real heroes – of September 11. We will never forget you.

TV Note: The History Channel shows some interesting documentaries every September 11. If you’re up to it, I encourage you to check out some of them. For me, “102 Minutes That Changed America,” put the day’s events in New York in a whole new perspective for me. Be warned that it’s a graphic and raw audio and video account of the time of the first tower impact to the last tower collapse. You may find parts of it on YouTube.

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