I'm sure I don't have to remind anyone of what today is, that day, for me will ALWAYS be burned in my memory and I know that no matter how many years pass, I will always grieve for all the lives lost on that day and in the years that followed. I will always relive that day and think about the innocent lives lost and the lives of the survivors that were destroyed. It's not about being a patriot, or a "True American," it isn't even about being a good "Christian," "Catholic" or "Muslim." It's about being a good human, a decent person to honor those who were taken from their loved ones then and now because of the events of September 11, 2001.
If you can treat this day like any other then good for you, but I can't. No I didn't lose any one close to me in those attacks, and for that I am eternally grateful, but some of my friends and high school peers did and I will NEVER forget their faces as we watched the events of that day unfold in the safety of our classrooms. I will NEVER forget how frantic they were to get a hold of those loved ones and how in the next few days it became clear that those loved ones were not going to be coming home.
There was no part of the world that was left untouched by September 11, 2001 and even as the world saw the very worst of humanity, it also saw the very best. Heroes were revealed and they showed us all the resilience of the human spirit.
For each and every person who was affected by the September 11 terrorist attacks, I think of you not only on this day but every day. There are so many of you and you are never alone, nor are your loved ones forgotten.