September 11th 2015
In December 2004, I saw what was still left of the World Trade Center's wreckage, three years after the attacks. It was just a gaping hole in the ground with metal twisted in ways I didn't think were possible.
In December 2013, I visited the 9/11 memorial. I saw all of those names listed around the fountains. It was breathtaking and heart wrenching. I cannot even imagine having lost a loved one to something so horrible.
It's terrifying to know that there are people in the world willing to inflict that kind of horror. But we can't live in fear. We must continue to heal, to hope, and persevere.