It's a horrific tragedy. I've always known that but after I moved to New York it became so much more personal.

Depending on how old you were on September 11, 2001 you probably remember where you were and what you were doing when you first saw or heard about the attack on the Twin Towers.

I was in Ms. Spies' 5th grade social studies class when another teacher came in and yelled at us to turn on the television. Shortly after, the towers fell and a plane had crashed into the Pentagon. The rest is history.

My brother joined the service shortly after that day.

I'll never forget about 9/11. There's no way you can not think about at least once on September 11.

After the day of the tragedy we mourned for weeks with the rest of the nation but I cannot recall observing the day every year since the attack.

The reason for that might be I'm from Michigan and I'm sad to say that it may have been out of sight and out of mind. I had never met a New Yorker, I had never been to New York and quite honestly never planned on going,

Fast forward 15 years and here I am. I'm roughly an hour and a half away from where one of the saddest incidents in our nation's short history.took place.

It didn't hit me until about a year ago when I actually met people who were working in Manhattan that day and relatives of survivors of 9/11. I'm both sad and embarrassed that it took something like that to realize the importance of observing 9/11.

It's important we never forget. Thanks to new legislation, public schools in New York will now be required to observe September 11.


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