Today marks the seventeenth anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. It is a day that has become ingrained in our memories and a day that WE SHALL NEVER FORGET! We all have stories of where we were, what we were doing and how we first learned of the news of the tragic events on this day, seventeen years ago.
As I write this post, I can remember the images from that day here in New York City. I can recall the smell of the smoke and burning debris from the World Trade Center site that spread through the air on 9/11 and in the days, weeks and months which followed. I remember watching the news that morning and seeing the flames and smoke billowing out of the first tower and then seeing the explosion and fireball from the second plane hitting the second tower.
I recall hearing the news of Flight 93 as well as the plane crash/attack on the Pentagon. I remember watching the collapse of the first of the Twin Towers, then the second and then 7 World Trade Center. The Twin Towers and the World Trade Center complex, a place that I had visited frequently, a place that I grew up with, a place that was a part of my life, was no more. It became Ground Zero.
Many innocent lives were abruptly taken away on that tragic day seventeen years ago. Many lives were affected by those tragic events and many lives continue to be affected today. While we have persevered in the face of great adversity and demonstrated our resolve, resilience and some of the greatest qualities of humanity, we must NEVER forget what happened on 9/11 and we must honor and remember ALL those lost on 9/11, all those affected by the events of 9/11 and all those who acted selflessly in the rescue & recovery efforts and helped on that day and in the days, weeks, months and years which followed. #NEVERF0RGET