I am posting this at the exact moment 15 years later that United 93 crashed near Shanksville, PA. I can’t believe it has been 15 years since that horrible day. I know how present in my mind the experience of that day is, yet now see how everyone has moved on, Ground Zero has been rebuilt, and a generation is coming of age for whom this day is something in the history books. Of course we should move on, but we should also never forget.
I am publishing this at 8:46 am ET – exactly 14 years after the first plane hit the towers.
The weather on September 9 was exactly as on September 11 – a stunning fall day. After taking this picture, I got on the wrong PATH train and went to the top of the World Trade Center, a tourist site in NYC I had not yet seen. If you had told me that the buildings would not be there two days later I never would have believed you. I am so glad I had the opportunity to visit the towers while standing. The memories of that visit are burned into my head – positive memories opposed to the negative memories from two days later.