The North and South Footprints at the 9/11 Memorial.
14 years ago today, nearly 3000 people woke up, expecting their day to be utterly normal. Couples kissed each other goodbye and promised to call when they were on the way home from work. Parents watched as their children boarded the school bus. It was completely and utterly normal.
Then the first plane hit and all h*ll broke loose. The phone lines went down and Manhattan, instead of being the place where everyone wanted to be, no one want to be there.
14 years later, the dust has long since settled. Lower Manhattan has returned to her normal vibrant self. New Yorkers go about their business as they did on that day.
But today, they stopped, if only for a few moments. They remembered who they were and where they were on that day. They remember the lives that were unnecessarily lost. And they are grateful that G-d has given them another day on Earth.
It’s been 14 years since 9/11. Even though many of us have moved on with our lives, we still stop and remember. And we know that our heart will still break, no matter how many years will pass since 9/11.