ten years.

it’s unreal to think it has been ten years —  the images and memories from that day will forever haunt us, forever leave us speechless…it will forever be a day that changed our country. but for many of us, myself included, our lives resumed their normal schedules within weeks after september 11, 2001.

distance from a tragedy has a way of bringing that about; we can turn off televisions, switch radio stations, ignore newspapers and simply close up in our own little worlds again.  but on that day so many worlds were permanently changed in much bigger ways than i could ever begin to understand. moms & dads, brothers & sisters, best friends & co-workers never came home — i sit here and attempt to comprehend what that must have felt like…what that must still feel like…and my very lungs struggle to breathe through the thought. there is no comprehending: there is simply loss…and then life after loss.

Bryant Park, NYC. 2,819 empty chairs are set up on the lawn facing the site where the World Trade Center once stood, one chair for every life lost. The number of empty chairs captures the enormity of the lives lost and the stark emptiness of it just drives home the point that I hope is never forgotten. 2,819 people were here one moment and gone the next. 2,819 went to work or boarded a plane one morning ten years ago thinking it would be another ordinary day and they never came home.
{original post found here}

today i remember the 2,819 precious lives lost 10 years ago. today i remember the thousands upon thousands of others who lost a part of their lives when someone they loved never came home. today i remember the tens of thousands of courageous men and women who daily give up their lives so that i might live mine in freedom.

today i remember…

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