Today marks the eleventh anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the day our lives as Americans changed forever. Some of us had bigger changes than others. Some more devastating and others more significant and then others quite personal and “close to home”. We can’t help being sympathetic and empathetic to those who lost loved ones in the 9/11 attacks. I mean, we’re human. We imagined the “what ifs” relating to our own loved ones.

I remember that day quite vividly. And it’s strange because over the last eleven years or so, my memory has not been that great. But forever embedded in my mind is that somber day when the towers came down at the hands of terrorists who sought and succeeded in attacking the U.S. and bringing us to our knees. I was just getting back home from taking my then two year old son to day care and turned on the T.V. to watch a new talk show that was about to start at 9 a.m. Just as the show was coming on, the news broke in to report that a plane had crashed into W.T.C. tower number one, the North Tower. You could see smoke billowing out from the building and at the time all I could do was stand there in awe wondering what in the world had happened. Not long after the broadcast began the second plane crashed into W.T. C. tower number two, the South Tower. It was then that everyone knew, this was no accident. One news broadcaster stated “Now its obvious… we have a terrorist act of proportions we cannot begin to imagine at this juncture.” He was so, so right!

As I look back at internet postings and videos relating to the 9/11 attacks it brings me great sorrow. So many lives were lost. So many were unable to tell their loved ones “I love you” one last time. So many were under the assumption that that day would be just like any other. No one knew or could have known how those attacks would change our world and the way we knew it to be from then on. Nearly 3,000 lives were lost that day eleven years ago. And though I was not directly affected, the sheer knowledge of that day and the events that unfolded from early that morning are still as saddening and disheartening today as they were eleven years ago.

We will never forget that awful day. We will always remember.