I am a member of a generation who grew up in the shadow of the attacks of 9/11; who had friends who have been shipped overseas to fight the wars these attacks prompted; words like hijack, ground zero, and terrorist bring to mind very specific ideas and images.
The tragedy of 9/11 is so much more than that horrific day. I was thirteen on the day those planes crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in Pennsylvania, yet the repercussions of that day have followed me into my 23rd year.
There is no forgetting, only quietly remembering who and what was lost that day to our country and facing what is ahead of us on the road that we have been forced to go down.
Today is a day to remember what we have lost and to realize what we have and will gain.