Remembering those we lost on September 11, 2001

Unless you’re one of the extremely rare individuals having Total Recall, it’s unlikely you’re able to remember exactly what you were doing at an exact time on a random date years ago. An exception would be the morning of this calendar date exactly 16 years ago. Fresh is the memory of my classroom door at the Hebrew Academy suddenly opening, a high school student stepping inside and informing me and my class that the World Trade Center towers had been struck by airplanes.

All these years later, the collective wound our nation suffered that morning may have healed, but the scars remain visible, especially for the families and friends of those who lost their lives that terrible day. Every year on this anniversary, our hearts go out to those who lost spouses, parents, children, siblings, friends. Our individual contributions to sustaining America as a beacon of freedom give the lives of those we lost continued meaning. May their memory be a blessing.