Remembering 9/11

by Melissa Brunner

I remember how blue the sky was. A brilliant, clear morning, both here and in New York and in Washington. Little did we know the fear and terror that would soon darken the horizon, both figuratively and literally with dust and smoke.

I was at home getting ready for work. My husband was taking the dogs out for a walk when the first plane hit - I yelled for him to check out what was on TV when I heard him come back inside. I remember Bryant Gumbel, who still worked for CBS at the time, bringing the first images, trying to sort out what had happened. He had a woman on the phone who'd witnessed it and she suddenly said, "Oh my God - another one just hit!" Of course, we all know how the day unfolded from there.

Many ceremonies are planned to mark the 10th anniversary. It's a reversal of what seemed to be the trend in recent years to make the day more low-key. After the first couple anniversaries were reserved soley for commemorating the attacks, people seemed to be returning to normalcy, thinking it was okay to hold other events on that date. And I think that's okay. In the wake of the attacks, more than one person said the best way to honor those who died was to go about living our lives - to let the terrorists know that they could not destroy the freedoms we enjoy in our country. At the same time, we must not forget what happened, lest we become complacent.

Where were you when you learned of the attacks? And how will you mark the 10th anniversary? Did it change you? Change our nation? I'm interested in your thoughts.


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