Today — September 11, 2009 — marks eight years since the tragic terrorist attacks that changed our lives forever.   I’ve been thinking about something a friend posted this morning on Facebook, “Can we remember something you can never forget?”

To me, never forgetting is passive; we have a memory of the event.  But remembering — marking the occasion, reflecting on its significance, honoring those who lost their lives senselessly, revisiting the intense emotions we experienced that day, somehow learning from the shared experience — are all intentional and purposeful acts.    Remembering — interrupting our normal activities to mark this date — becomes even more critical as we see a new generation of young people (tomorrow’s adults) who are blessed not to have their own memories but live in a world forever changed by that day.

Yes, today we remember September 11, 2001.

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