There are some events that stay with a person for the rest of their life – moments where a person says “I remember where I was when that happened.” There have been several of these events in my lifetime. Sure, I remember some things about John Lennon’s death and the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan. I definitely remember where I was when the Space Shuttles Challenger and Columbia exploded, and when the First Gulf War started.
Perhaps the one event in recent memory that has affected me most though is the attacks of September 11, 2001. I still can’t watch news footage from that day or hear the recollection of those directly affected without choking up. There are many things that occur daily in the United States of America but nothing like what happened that day. That event changed the life of a lot of people. As we approached the 10th anniversary of the attacks, I still thought of where I was on that day. Usually, random thoughts will pop in to my head when I see an airplane overhead or walk in to an airport.