Marking September 11th

I remember the interruption of a chilly fall Tuesday with a crystal blue sky. It was Primary Day in New York. A phone call alerted me an airliner had flown into the World Trade Center. The live television coverage showed us the second one. It was the start of a frightening chain of events where we did not know what was coming next. It was September 11, 2001.

Nine years later we pack differently for flights. We talk about Ground Zero. We drive by memorials that meant so much when they were first unveiled. Time allows the harshest pain to fade. At least that's true if you were not the one who ran for your life that day, if you were not the one who never got the call their loved one was safe, if you were not the one who rushed to the City to help with a rescue operation that was desperately searching for lives to save.

So what will we all do to remember the lives lost on September 11th? Will we join one of many solemn ceremonies in our community? Will we go to our church, synagogue or mosque to pray? Will we quietly remember those lives lost?

Remember some of the people who died or were injured in New York and Washington were our neighbors. They grew up in Central New York. They married someone from here. They went to school here. Nine years later they continue to deserve our respect, our time and our tribute.

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