Site of the National 9/11 Memorial. Source: Jill Fehrenbacher
I've been thinking hard over the past few days about what I wanted to write today. With each year's passing September 11, 2001 grows fuzzier in my memory, but I couldn't just let it go without mentioning it or remembering it here.
Over a month ago when I sketched out my blog posts for September, I planned to share about my new photo a day project. At the time, I wasn't thinking clearly about the dates themselves. I was just planning out each day of each week, but as soon as I realized I knew I couldn't just post just any other post today. The day must be remembered.
My memory of September 11th has faded. The sharp edges of the things I saw and heard have begun to soften. The words that were said. The tears shared. The images played and replayed. But I still remember so clearly what I felt, and what I have felt for years in memory of an event that has so significantly shaped and impacted the path of our country.
And although I did not know anyone who died that day, I know how vividly this day must be felt by the all people who lost friends and loved ones on that day. Today I send my love to all of you.
The events of September 11th will live with me forever, and I know some day I will tell my children and grandchildren what it felt like to witness the events that happened on that day and all that came to pass afterwards as a result.
I remember. I will remember.
"Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair."
-Elie Wiesel, Romanian-born U.S. writer. Nobel lecture, Dec. 11, 1986, Oslo, Norway.