I have nothing really important or great to add to the many memorial events, articles, photographs and so on. I found it extremely painful to look back over images and news stories from that day. As many Americans do, I remember very clearly where I was and what I was doing when we first turned on the news.
Today my heart is heavy for the thousands of people affected by the 9/11 attacks in New York and Pennsylvania. I hope that while we take this day to remember the lives lost, we also remember the many who are left living with the effects of poisonous air and countless injuries associated with working at Ground Zero. I hope I don’t stop remembering them tomorrow when there isn’t a story about them on CNN or my homepage. It’s easy for me to want to sweep these memories under the rug but not everyone has that luxury. And I hope that we take today as an opportunity to give back to our own communities, the way the many first responders, firefighters, police, and rescue workers gave (and continue to give) in their community.
If you or someone you know was affected by the September 11th attack, my heart is with you, especially today.
PS: I couldn’t locate the original source for the photograph above but if someone knows it, email me or comment so I can credit it properly.