The moment is frozen in time. The ground where the planes struck and people died in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. is sacred. Our memories are sacred, too.
Like the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, September 11, 2001 is a day that is chiseled into our consciousness, a day when time stopped – and when it started again, nothing was the same. Not the buildings where we worked, the neighborhoods where we lived, or the airports where we found ourselves waiting in long lines at security, removing our shoes, tossing out our drinks, and casting nervous glances at our fellow travelers. Life changed. We changed.
And now, 10 years later, we return to the moment, the ground, the people, and the memories we have held onto, and we return amid a deluge of media overflowing with emotion-charged images, interviews, and stories. We return with a new vocabulary that includes “first responder,” “Ground Zero,” and “al- Qaeda,” names and phrases we didn’t know a decade before but will not never forget.
We return with the sights of flags at half-mast and the sound of silence in honor of the nearly 3,000 people who will never speak again. We return with the Pentagon repaired, a memorial created where Flight 93 crashed, One World Trade Center under construction, and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum about to open.
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of a day that was marked by evil and tragedy but defined by heroism and humanity, XFINITY TV – both On Demand and online – offers a variety of slideshows, videos and movies that will allow you to remember and reflect in your own way.
No matter how you recall the events and their aftermath, remember that you and the rest of us return to this sad day in 2011 older, wiser, and stronger – stronger from knowing what we, the American people, are made of, stronger from knowing that, in the words of Henry David Thoreau, “the hero is commonly the simplest and obscurest of men,” and stronger still from knowing that in the face of adversity our differences melt and we become one, similar to the way Flight 93 passenger Todd Beamer turned his fellow passengers before they attacked their plane’s hijackers and said, “Are you guys ready? Let’s roll.”
Watch the movie “Day of Miracles,” a documentary about the miraculous events that unfolded during our nation’s darkest hour.