I avoided writing this all day because I just don’t know what to say. Too many others have said it better, and I don’t want to belittle this day. September 11, 2001 is one of those days I will never forget. The only other days that rank even close are my wedding day, the births of my children, the day my mother died, and the day the nine fireman here in Charleston died. All of those because they involved me or people personally close to me.
I know no one who died on 9-11. I only know one person who knows or is related or knew someone who died on 9-11. But, this was not just a personal event, it was a national event that changed the nation. More than anything else in recent history, the events of 9-11 have changed our government, changed our daily actions, and changed every facet of the way we interact with the world. On a global level, the impact of 9-11 cannot be underestimated.
What I feel most for though is those people who suffered personally from the attacks. It is those people who are sometimes lost in the politics and ceremonies and remembrances. And it is to those people that I would like to say simply, “I am sorry.” I am sorry that this happened, and I am sorry that you had to suffer. I am sorry that your loved ones are no longer here, and I am sorry that there is nothing I can do to ease your pain.
Finally, if you want to look back, check out the 9-11 digital archive. It is hard to remember, but important to do so.