Today our nation marks the 10th year anniversary of the attacks on 9/11 in NYC, DC and Pennsylvania. That was a day no one would ever forget. We will always be grateful to the courageous firefighters, rescuers and first responders who risked their lives to save those in the rumbles of this dreadful day. We will always remember those who died from this tragedy whose memories we celebrate today. But as we remember those who are no longer with us in this world, let us not forget those who survived or were left behind…those whose lives were forever changed.
Just like many of you, I vividly remember that sunny, cool September day..the day when our lives changed no matter where you were or what you were doing . I did not have any close friends or relatives affected that day but since then, I’ve met business colleagues who were there covered with dust and frozen in their tracks…survivors of 9/11. In the years that I have known them, they never spoke of their experience and no one even knew they survived this tragedy. They felt no one needed to know…they grieved and although they have moved on, they tell me their hearts have mended but not healed.
On this special day, as we remember those we lost…let us not forget those who are here with us carrying the burden of “why did I survive”?