Monday, September 12, 2011

Remembering 9/11

I could never be able to make a blog post tribute worthy of the tragedy that was 9/11, but hopefully this short post will be able to convey my condolences to the victims, and send to them a message of remembrance and hope.
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It has become one of those events where people ask - "Where were you when it happened?"

I was at home. I received a text message from a friend telling me to open the television to CNN as the World Trade Center in New York City was hit by an airplane. I was mortified by what I saw - one of the twin towers with smoke billowing from one side, and watched in horror as an airplane crashed into the other tower...



I remember not quite understanding what was happening, even thinking I was watching a replay of earlier events, but soon realized it was all happening in real time.

A year before the terrorist attacks, I was in New York City, my first and only time there so far. Questions then came about whether we were ever inside the twin towers or if we ever did take any photographs - trying to piece together memories of association with a now fallen iconic structure.

It was later that we found out more details about the 9/11 attacks - the 2,996 casualties from 70 different countries, including hundreds of firefighters and rescuers, plane passengers and soldiers at the Pentagon. The heartbreaking news and stories stuck with me until now.

Today, we remember their stories - we've told ours, and so I ask, especially today, that we not talk about where we were when it happened simply because we can.  Let's remember instead the stories of those who are no longer here to tell theirs.

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Rest in peace, I pray.


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