We never went back there together and neither one of us ever saw the World Trade Center again. The towers fell less than a month later, taking one of his best friends with them, and my marriage, which had already slowly begun crumbling, collapsed not too soon after.
As we commemorate 9/11, we should remember that this is also the 10th anniversary of 9/12 -- the day when the shock began to wear off, and the country began to decide what its reaction was going to be.
As we lay the flowers and bow our heads, I hope we each reflect on our responsibilities to one another. As the passengers of flight 93 did 10 years ago.
We must breed tolerance, and by that I mean knowledge of others. Not all Muslims are fundamentalists. Only a handful are terrorists. There are reasons why some turn to terror. Our luxurious lives are connected to the real lives of others.
In commemorating the 9/11 tragedy we dare not practice a submissive, counterfeit faith that assumes our own sinfulness and G-d's righteousness. We did nothing to earn this.
Today has dawned bright and clear, just as it did over New York City ten years ago. What the weather was like where I found myself then doesn't come r...
While so many others were mired in chaos, my mother found stability.
The question we haven't answered since 9/11 is whether a society such as ours has the will and moral resources to defend itself as a wellspring of civic disciplines that sustain a politics of reasonable hope against a politics of fear and misdirected resentment.
After 9/11, America embarked on a path of revenge and vendetta, shedding the blood of thousands of innocent Afghans and Iraqis. Our gallant troops died avenging my son's death and the deaths of every precious soul we lost on 9/11. Who benefited? What did we gain?
Today, an entire nation remembers. And reflects. Be sure to check out our ongoing liveblog, with links to all of HuffPost's 9/11 coverage -- including Andrea Stone and John Rudolf on continuing national security vulnerabilities, and Tom Zeller and Lynne Peeples on the environmental impact of the attacks -- as well as links to the best 9/11 stories from around the web. We are also featuring a truly remarkable collection of pieces from our Patch network. We asked each of our 999 Patch editors to identify someone in their town whose life had been altered by 9/11 -- or something that had been forever changed. The stories are as moving as they are varied, including a Midwestern firehouse chaplain who was on a truck heading to New York as soon as the towers fell; a pilot who left the cockpit to run for office after 9/11; and the school where the youngest passenger on Flight 93 had been enrolled. Please check them out -- and add your own memories to the conversation.
Today, as we commemorate the tenth anniversary of the atrocity of 9/11, we must continue to stand by our first responders and provide them with the tools and resources they need to handle a major national emergency and save lives.
Failure to understand or act on intelligence goes a long way toward explaining the attacks of September 11, 2001. On this 10th anniversary of those events, we seem, once again, not to grasp the import of the information being provided by our intelligence.
In the post-2008 return to 9/11 style intimidation by framing, conservatives have been winning. They have protected industry from regulation and successfully attacked the very idea of the public -- public education, employees, unions, parks, housing, and safety nets.
A decade after 9/11, I've been thinking a lot about heroes. I think about the ones that should have been, but ultimately couldn't carry the weight of the moment. I think about the ones we'll never know, or even know about, but should be able to recite by name.
This September, what will you do to remember? Will you take time to maybe help paint a school, or plant a tree, or tutor a child? Wherever you are from you can demonstrate the common humanity that binds us together and makes our societies and our world stronger.
Every magazine and paper and news show seems to want to define the post-9/11 decade, but for those of us who lost our spouses, children, parents, and siblings, there is no defining or encapsulating.