Lest we forget…

Posted by Russ on Sep 10,2012

9/11 Memorial - NYCIt’s amazing to think that it’s been 11 years since the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.  I can remember exactly where I was when I heard what was happening.  It was around 7:30 am, Pacific time on 9/11/2001 when I was driving to Starbucks in Cupertino, California to pickup some coffee before heading into the office.  My girlfriend at the time called my cell phone and told me to immediately turn on the TV.  She was known to freak out about things, so I didn’t think much of it, and I continued on my Starbucks mission.

When I arrived at the office I was surprised to see everyone huddling around TV screens. It was as if the entire world had stopped; and in many ways it did.  The twin towers on fire? I was in disbelief and I couldn’t comprehend the cause of such a bizarre and inexplicable “accident.”  As we learned, this was no accident, but like many others, this is what I thought at the time.

3,000 dead and a nation forever changed.

As has happened each of the last 10 years, I have stopped to contemplate what I saw and felt on September 11, 2001.  Perhaps I have a mild form of PTSD, but I still can’t help but feeling horrified each time I see the replays of the newsreels from that day.  In 2001 I was a young professional recently out of college.   The events of September 11 have formed a clear demarcation point in my mind and in my life. I’m sure I’m not the only one that thinks of their lives in terms of “pre-9/11″ and “post-9/11″.  We lost a lot of our naivete on that day.  The terrorists didn’t succeed in bringing down capitalism or the United States, but they did succeed in exacerbating a culture of fear in a society that had its fair share of fear already.

We have heard many of the harrowing stories of bravery in the face of extremely dangerous conditions.  The heroes who didn’t make it through were celebrated in the months and years that followed.  We need to make sure that the stories of these heroes continue to live on.  After all, these brave souls set an example we want to teach successive generations of Americans.  They set an example of selflessness and care for fellow human beings.  We must remember them using apps like Evertalk and create memorial pages to carry on their legacy… a legacy of helping people who couldn’t help themselves.

We must not forget the sacrifices of the police, firefighters, and the brave individuals who took it upon themselves to help people in the most dire of circumstances.  We made huge investments in physical monuments like the 9/11 memorial at Ground Zero. For a cool $400 million dollars we have an everlasting tribute to our fallen heroes and the innocent people killed on that day.  We should also remember these heroes permanently in the digital realm using Evertalk.

As we all reflect upon the anniversary of September 11, 2001, we should all think about how to properly remember our lost loved ones, friends, and heroes.  How would you like to be remembered?

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