Thirteen years ago today, September 10th, 2001, we were innocent. Thirteen years ago tomorrow, September 11th, 2001, we were no longer innocent.
The destruction of The World Trade Center and murder of nearly 3000 innocent people was a punch to the gut that came completely out of left field. As New Yorkers, Americans and human beings, it brought us down to our literal knees.
The world we knew had changed and not for the better. We were drowning in our grief. The destruction of the Twin Towers, the partial destruction of the Pentagon and the martyrs who died in that field in Pennsylvania, was all around us. The images of that day have since then been burned in our collective consciousness.
Thirteen years does not completely erase the pain, especially for those who lost loved ones. But time does help to heal some wounds. It helps us to remember the good times.
I visited the 9/11 memorial last summer. Even this jaded, seen it all New Yorker had to reach for the kleenex. It is a heart breaking, beautiful memorial and should be a must see for locals and tourists alike.
9/11/2001, the day that forever changed the world around us.