I remember where I was sixteen years ago on this day.
And I bet you know where you were as well. We all have a story to share and today many of us will tell others what we were doing on a Tuesday morning.
Two generations ago President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared December 7, 1941 “A date which will live in infamy.” For most of us September 11, 2001 will always hold a similar significance.
As for me, I felt fear. It was the fear of the unknown. Nobody knew those first few hours if the attacks were the start of something bigger or even a calm before the storm. The fear quickly gave way to anger. Later, that anger transitioned to resolve. Life changed that day. Not just for me but all of us. No day has ever been the same.
I grew up in Connecticut and spent a fair amount of time exploring New York City. Sporting events, Broadway shows, skating at Rockefeller Center, and multiple trips to the top of the Empire State Building are just a few of the things I’ve experienced. One thing I never did during my numerous visits was make it the top of the World Trade Center. Always figured I would one day, but never got the chance.
We, as a people, must never forget the events that took place on 9/11. Time passes, wounds heal, but the memories must never fade. We must remember the sacrifices made and those which continue to occur. Our response and the resolve provided hope in our future. America is at our best when we are united. I can’t speak for anyone else, but as for me I remember and I’ll Never Forget.