9/11: We Remember

It's a stormy Wednesday morning and I'm trying to be productive at work.  It's not easy to do when you remember where you were and what you were doing on this day 18 years ago. Each year that passes since the horrific events in New York City, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. is a reminder that our lives are finite. We never know when it will be our time to go. I still get emotional remembering the many lives we lost on September 11, 2001.

Eleven years ago I traveled to New York City.  I had every intention of seeing the major landmarks and taking in all the city had to offer.  I was thrilled to walk through Central Park.  I sat along Bethesda Fountain, had my picture taken at the Hans Christian Andersen monument, found my way to Strawberry Fields and left a rose at the Imagine mosaic. I enjoyed a hot dog at Gray's Papaya, climbed the stairs at the Empire State Building, and took tons of pictures of the Flatiron Building, one of my favorites in the city.  

But I couldn't go to the site of the Twin Towers.  I got on the subway, I started to make my way downtown but got off at Washington Square Park and sat near the arch instead. Tears streaming down my face, I observed people passing by and tried to imagine myself living in the city that never sleeps.  I tried to imagine the horror of being trapped in a tower on fire.  I couldn't go to that graveyard.  Ground Zero. Sacred ground.

I'll never know what the victims of 9/11 endured on that fateful day. I'll never understand the grief and guilt survivors of the attacks have suffered.  I cannot fathom any of this, still, almost two decades later. I'll never forget those who died.  I'll never forget those who risked their lives to save others. I'll never forget the widows, widowers, and children who lost parents, siblings, nor the parents who lost children.  So many lives lost.  So many people affected by this violent act of terrorism. This tragedy is still as raw as the day it happened.  It has changed our lives forever.  

Never forget.


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