Today is the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. 11 years have come and gone; yet, the images, horror, anger, disgust, and disbelief roll right back into my consciousness whenever I think of the day. It is a memory that remains ever vivid – as it should. I don’t want to forget the horror of that day and I don’t want others to either.
Something was taken from us that day and we dare not forget it. It is our collective scar to bear and our joint responsibility to remember. As the years pass we must remain vigilant and maintain a watchful eye on those who would choose to hurt our country.
This is a shift in our reality that will not adjust over time. This is our new normal. We will not be returning to a time where we are able to enjoy complacency without worry. Our country’s clock stopped and was reset on September 11, 2001.
And so we bear our collective scar, but we move forward. We were not broken, we were made stronger…and wiser. We lost pieces of our heart and our sense of safety, but we gained a better sense of our identity and our strength.
We are America and we are still standing, and we will not forget – not today, not tomorrow, not ever.
Day one thousand one hundred and sixty-three of the new forty – obla di obla da