Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the consequences of which are still playing out in Afghanistan today. (The plane intended to crash into either the Capitol or the White House instead crashed outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania, thanks to the 40 civilians on board who revolted against the terrorists to prevent them from reaching their target.)
It’s hard to believe that there is a whole generation alive now with no actual memory of this. Reams have been written about the day and yet, words fail. That is the nature of grief. It is a sorrow beyond words.
Yet not all. Perhaps the best words written about 9/11 are those inscribed on the wall of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in Manhattan, behind which lie the remains of 2,996 souls. They are from the ancient Roman poet Virgil: “No day shall erase you from the memory of time.”
Those words crystallize what we feel about those we lost. To those who died at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and in Shanksville, to those lost in the subsequent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, we say:
We thank you. We love you. We will never forget you.