I remember exactly what I was doing when I first heard about the events unfolding in New York on September 11, 2001. I knew people who had family that worked either in the Twin Towers or in the area nearby. In 2006, my career took me to the World Financial Center, right across the street from where the Twin Towers previously stood. I walked by that site for years. Twenty years later now the mix of emotions of disbelief, grief, and anger still surface when my thoughts dwell on that day. But I also choose to think of the positive. To remember the best of us, those Americans, who stood up to help and their bravery, sacrifice, and selflessness.
This September 11th let us not just mourn for the loved and lost but remember the qualities of us, as Americans, that bring us together and allows the best of us to come forth.