Today is 9-11.
Do you remember where you were when you first heard that a plane had hit the tower? Do you remember where you were when you saw the second plane hit the other tower? Do you remember watching the towers fall? Do you remember seeing the faces of first responders running in while others were walking out and then running for their lives? Do you remember the horror of seeing a plane fly directly into the Pentagon? Do you remember the heroism of the members of Flight 93 who fought their captors and arguably saved our capital?
Today we get to take a moment and reflect on the lives of heroes and also on the lives of everyday people impacted by this act of terrorism. Whatever beliefs that you have about war, this event molded and shaped the course of history in America. Arguably one of the most profound changes was that for a brief while, we were no longer Democrats and Republicans, liberal or conservative…we were Americans. Perhaps that is one of the best legacies that we can offer those who died that day, the honor of us living united as Americans first.
Much has changed since 9-11. Much has remained the same. Time has a way of healing some of those wounds. Sometimes. For those who lived through it and for those who watched it unfold, they remember.