I had a post ready to go today but after some thought, I decided it was better to leave today to remember rather than talk about an adventure or a book I just finished.
“Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.” —former President George W. Bush
Today is September 11th, it’s been 16 years since New York and this country dealt with tragedy never seen before. I was in 8th grade when the World Trade Centers collapsed– my school was put on lock down for most of the day, but being in middle school, we weren’t told why. It wasn’t until I got home from school, with my parents home early that I realized something was drastically wrong.
I didn’t really understand everything happening at the time and what it meant for our country and the state I had called home my entire life, I was too young to grasp the full extent of what was happening, the lives lost and the heroes who rose to the challenge to save one another.
But now that I’m older, I understand more than ever what happened that day. The people who were lost and the people who became heroes. The everyday lives of so many were changed forever, and though it’s been 16 years, it feels like it was just yesterday. So today, I write this post, as a New Yorker — I won’t forget what happened on this day in our history. I’ll think about it for the rest of my life and not just on the anniversary because tragedy happened and it’s important to remember all aspects of it.
Since September 11th, 2001 New York has memorialized the people who were personally effected by that day. They have not only built a memorial but have built the Freedom Tower, the 6th tallest building in the world, used for everyday life — showing the world that we will continue to live, but never forget.
“The forces of evil that committed this atrocity against humankind have caused pain that will last generations, pain that has claimed lives of innocent men, women, and children. But evil never prevails. Freedom, despite it’s vulnerabilities to that evil always will”
—-Governor George Pataki, September 2001.