Today marks the eighteenth anniversary of the tragic events of September 11th. It’s been eighteen years and I can still remember that day vividly. The images, the sounds, the smells, the feelings, the memories. Nearly two decades have passed but every year as we approach the anniversary of 9/11, those images, those sounds, those smells, those feelings and those memories return as clearly as on that tragic day.
I look back and reflect on 9/11 and the days, weeks, months and years which followed. While much has changed over these past eighteen years, the events of that tragic day are a fixed point in history. Though we can carry on with our lives, we should never forget what happened on that tragic day.
Many innocent lives were lost by the attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon including those innocent lives on the planes used to carry out the attacks (Flight 11, Flight 175 and Flight 77) and on Flight 93 which crashed in Pennsylvania and so many more lives have since been lost by those afflicted by illnesses from being at or near Ground Zero especially the first responders and those who risked their own lives working feverishly day in and day out in the recovery efforts at Ground Zero in the days, weeks and months which followed.
While we have persevered in the face of adversity, demonstrated our resilience and some of the best qualities of humanity, rebuilt and continue on with our lives, we must never forget the tragic events of 9/11 nor all those innocent lives that were lost on that day, all the brave souls who made the ultimate sacrifice, all the families devastated and all those who continue to suffer from the lasting impact of 9/11.