It started out as an ordinary work day. Sitting in the small corner office I rented from the local bank, I overheard several people talking about a plane crashing into a building in New York City. I ran down the street to inform my two employees at a second office. Before the day was over, almost 3,000 people had died and life had changed in America.
I will always remember I wanted to know my children and grandchildren were safe. I will always remember the fear I had until I could actually talk to each one of my family. And the sadness of watching the thousands who were grieving over their lost loved ones, as we sat glued to the news for days on end, fearing the worst but hoping for the best. And the awe I felt watching the amazing heroes who selflessly worked rescue after rescue, many of them giving of their own lives as they sought to save another's life.
Here are some quotes which capture the spirit of those days:
"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." -President George W. Bush, November 11, 2001
"The attacks of September 11th were intended to break our spirit. Instead we have emerged stronger and more unified. We feel renewed devotion to the principles of political, economic, and religious freedom, the rule of law and respect for human life. We are more determined than ever to live our lives in freedom." -Rudolph Giuliani, former mayor of NYC
"For me and my family personally, September 11 was a reminder that life is fleeting, impermanent, and uncertain. Therefore, we must make use of every moment and nurture it with affection, tenderness, beauty, creativity, and laughter." -Deepak Chopra, M.D.
What about you? What do YOU remember?