September 11: A Day To Remember, Reflect, Honor, Mourn. Never Forget!

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"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."

... George W Bush


It's been 22 years since that horrific day on September 11th, 2001. Even after 22 years I still remember how that day as if it was yesterday. September 11th, 2001 is a day that fundamentally changed all of our lives. And although on 9/11 we knew our lives had changed most likely forever, we at that time didn't yet really know how much they would change. Many of those changes have sadly become the "new normal" for us.


The memories of one of the darkest days in American history are 22 years later crystal clear in my mind's eye. It seems like yesterday that we were witnessing the events of September 11, 2001 unfold.  I still remember the first shock. I still remember the fear that came with not being able to reach friends and family by phone (especially those who worked in or near the Twin Towers). I still remember getting through the day without a lot of emotion -- just shock -- and suddenly around 6:00 pm starting to weep. Here we are, 22 years later, marking another anniversary of that tragic day. It feels like yesterday. And I think it will always feel like yesterday to me. 


“Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11.”

... Barack Obama


Almost 3,000 lives were lost on September 11th. But did you know the U.S. government now believes more people have died due to 9/11-related illnesses than those who died during the initial attacks? Such a sobering fact and one that shows that 9/11 is by no means "behind us."


"9/11 - a day to remember that extraordinary heroes are often disguised as ordinary people and that spirit and soul are unbreakable."

... Stacey Alcorn


One day 9/11 will become "ancient" history to future generations (20+% of Americans have no memory of that day). But so long as those of us who lived through that day are around, WE MUST NEVER FORGET!  I could and will never forget! Today, 22 years later, tears still come to my eyes when I think of that day.



My Personal Relationship With The Twin Towers


“On that terrible day, a nation became a neighborhood, all Americans became New Yorkers.”

... George Pataki


New York City is my "home town." I knew the Twin Towers well, having often walked through their doors for business meetings when I was working in the corporate world. But even before that, I remember watching those two towers be built. We celebrated my mother's 70th birthday there in 1989, at the restaurant at the top of the Towers. My husband and I had flown in from Paris, where we were living at the time, to surprise her. It was such a fun and happy evening, never to be forgotten. The first time I returned to NYC after the towers fell, driving in from LaGuardia Airport was surreal seeing the skyline without the towers in the distance. Seeing those towers in the distance was always my signal that I was almost home. I can't forget my shock coming out of the subway at the foot of the old World Trade Center and seeing a big hole in the ground instead the towers.


“I was in New York on September 11 when those planes hit the World Trade Center. At the time, it seemed like it was a local thing. But three or four days later, by the time we drove across the country in the bus, we realized it wasn’t a local thing. You could really feel the states become united. We became the United States of America.”

... John Madden


To those many who lost a loved one that day, my heart and prayers continue to go out to you. I know you suffered losses that can never be replaced. Today, on the 22nd anniversary of 9/11, let's take a moment to remember all the heroes of that day -- those who perished, those who survived, and those who continue to suffer. Let's make sure these deaths were not in vain.


"September 11 is one of our worst days, but it brought out the best in us. It unified us as a country and showed our charitable instincts and reminded us of what we stood for and stand for."

... Senator Lamar Alexander


And as we look back, today is also a good day to take a moment today to reflect on the things that are most important in our lives and to remember that through tragedy we have the opportunity to rise even stronger.




"September 11th impressed upon us that life is a precious gift... and I think we all have a duty to devote at least a small portion of our daily lives to ensuring that neither American nor the the world ever forgets September 11th."

Senator Bill Frist





May God Bless Those Who Died And Their Families. 

May God Bless America!


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 Nina Hollander, RE/MAX Broker, Realtor




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Comments (32)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Jerry Newman hi Jerry... this is one of those events where most of us who were living at that time remember where we were when we heard the news. Shame that the feeling of being united as Americans has dissipated since then.

Sep 11, 2023 09:06 AM
Jerry Newman

Yes, Nina.  It's sad to see our country is being divided again over many issues and concerns. Politics have always divided our opinions. I pray we will always be the United States of America. 

Sep 11, 2023 09:58 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Bob "RealMan" Timm hi Bob... this was indeed the face of evil. Meanwhile, you've got Ilhan Omar from Minnesota in Congress saying about this day "some people did something"  in reference to this. She is also the face of evil if you ask me.

Sep 11, 2023 09:10 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

This was such a sad day for me and my family. I hope our country never forgets. 

Sep 11, 2023 09:43 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

THANK GOD for the first responders who, despite the dangers and ill effects afterwards, moved towards the area to save people, Nina. They are ALL HEROES!!!

Sep 11, 2023 09:56 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty hi Jeff... I hope so, too. I'm not always positive that people won't forget when those who weren't born when this happened outnumber those of us who lived through it.

Sep 11, 2023 10:02 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! hi Wanda... to this day I am in awe of those first responders and how they rushed into those buildings knowing they probably wouldn't come out.

Sep 11, 2023 10:03 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!


Sep 11, 2023 10:11 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

NIna- beautifully done. I was in FL on that day and remember being numb. Larry had to pull me away from the television. When that passed, the thought of the lives lost, the families suffering is something that still brings tears to my eyes. 

Sep 11, 2023 11:04 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Kathy Streib hi Kathy... numb is the right word for it. Every year when I watch the reading of the names of those who perished I start crying all over again.

Sep 11, 2023 11:08 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Nina, 

I am always riveted listening to the accounts of those who were close to or at Ground Zero.  I still have to make it to the Memorial.  I have never been there and want to see it for myself and pay my respects.

Sep 11, 2023 11:30 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Nina I never thought it was possible for what happened on 9/11 to happen in this country.  It showed how vulnerable we are.

Sep 11, 2023 12:23 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I also have memories of that day. I was in the office and an associate called to tell me about the plane hitting the first tower. I went to the TV in the break room and was watching as the second plane hit.

Sep 11, 2023 12:53 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® hi Sheri... I'd love to see the memorial... I just hate the idea of going to NY City these days... it's so dangerous and filthy... not a fun experience from what everyone tells me.

Sep 11, 2023 12:56 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

George Souto hi George... we are definitely still vulnerable and maybe more so than 22 years ago with all the illegal aliens who have entered our country in the last two years and who have not been vetted nor do we know where they are living. I keep telling my husband that we may be in for another 9/11 and maybe when that happens people will start paying attention.

Sep 11, 2023 12:58 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Roy... I had the exact same experience... missed the first hit expect on rerun, but saw the second tower hit.

Sep 11, 2023 12:58 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I have never been so sad, mad and proud of the American people's response 🙂

Sep 11, 2023 09:39 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS good morning, Paul... I suspect we all experienced those emotions on 9-11 and in its aftermath.

Sep 12, 2023 04:46 AM
Matthew Klinowski, PA
Downing Frye Realty - Naples, FL
Naples Golf Guy | Find Your Dream Lifestyle

I can't believe it has been 22 years. Still remember where I was at. I'll never forget all those brave and men and women who ran towards the second tower and then the second plane. 

Sep 12, 2023 05:44 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Matthew Klinowski, PA good morning, Matt... such a horrible day it was. It was almost impossible to take it in while it was happening.

Sep 12, 2023 06:05 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

So long ago, yet surely still fresh in everyone's mind.  It was a very sad day and the world definitely changed.

Sep 13, 2023 03:46 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Brian England good morning, Brian... the world changed in ways we would never have predicted that day.

Sep 13, 2023 04:10 AM