It is funny how time can change one's perception of things, some times it is not a day or two after the fact but now nine years later that a lot of detales come to life. I can still remember that day. I guess myself and my family are somewhat different from the norm in the regard of where we where that day nine years ago. while the rest of the country was still in shock and just starting to grieve. My family was already grieving. Having lost a close family member days before. Now I am not trying to belittle the events that occurred that day, or the many families that lost loved ones. this is my perspective nothing more or less. I still remember as if it was yesterday. We were in the funeral procession when my mothers father call us and told us that the first tower was hit. I recall my mother asking him what movie was he watching, thinking he was just kidding, but of course he wasn't. I find it strange that it is only after the fact that I realized the scope of what I had just herd. That I realized that my world....our wold would never be the same. That the events that took place that day would help define a generation as deeply as pearl harbor helped define The greatest generation. But it is only now nine years after that. Nine years of change, nine years of war, do I realize that the world I live in now is not the same world that existed nine years ago. That the detalies that over looked that day ring clearer now. The smell of the grass, the brightness of the sun, the clean blue of the sky, the tears running down the faces of all those around me.
So now I ask you to do the same, think back on that day and see what jumps out in your memory that did not the day after. because we who live now have an obligation to pass on to the next generation what occurred that day. The lives lost and the heroes made. So that they learn that freedom is not free. As Lincoln said "The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here." So think back and remember for in doing that the lesson we learned live on and those that fell that day live on as well.