9 years ago on this day at this time, terrorists flew a plane into the first of the World Trade Center towers, changing our lives forever.
I remember waking up that morning and watching the news. Our local news switched to the Today Show shortly after that plane hit. I stayed glued to the news throughout the day and evening.
Over the next few hours, as things became more clear (and more confused) we began to realize what had happened.
Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives.
Fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, friends, colleagues were lost that day.
We all lost something that day. We lost our sense of security. We lost some of our freedom.
I think we forget, as we grumble our way through the extra security at the airport, why we live this way now. We forget that some terrorists attacked us. On our home soil.
In the subsequent years, more American lives have been lost protecting our home and our freedom.
Today I hope you remember those whose lives were taken in hate and those who have given their lives in the name of freedom.
Freedom isn't free. I remember.