Few moments in a lifetime will be indelible to people, both as individuals and as a collective group. Most of those moments in life will be mostly private, or shared with close friends and relatives. But there are those moments that take place in history - both good moments and bad ones - that sear themselves so indelibly in your memory as to prevent that moment from ever being lost from us. A few such days are the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the assassination of JFK, man's landing on the moon. Today we remember another one of those days, September 11th 2001.
Now, I know we all have different beliefs about what exactly happened that day and why exactly it happened, and that's totally cool (I'm a LIHOPer myself), but the fact remains that we as a country suffered a major tragedy that day that has changed us collectively, in both good and bad ways. Some of the good were seeing folks working together to get others to safety, the emergence of heroes, whether ones that were somewhat expected like the first responders and those who rose to the challenge, regardless whether those heroes were result of more mythologizing than actual known fact. Some of the bad was the new targeting of anyone who appeared to be Middle Eastern in the wake of the tragedy, the major uptick in our warring in Middle Eastern nations, and the wholesale setting aside of many of our civil liberties. But, as I said before, regardless of how you view the events of that day, it was one of those moments you'll never forget.
This post is meant for sharing where you were, what you were doing, how that day is framed in your memory. So where were you on September 11th 2001?