seven years ago today the ugly face of evil manifested itself and a handful of terrorists, in a barbaric act of cowardice, managed to kill almost 3,000 innocent people in one morning.
that morning i was in my office, one block down the street from the world trade centers, when the first plane struck the north tower. pat, whose office was directly across the street from the trade centers, had yet to leave for work. a few of my friends had their offices in the trade centers (each one, thankfully, survived).
today there is still a gaping hole where the towers stood. someday new construction will replace that empty space with new towers. someday a memorial will finally be constructed to honor the victims. today, as in anniversaries past, ceremonies will be held at ground zero to honor the fallen. this anniversary will have the two presidential candidates in attendance (which explains the high level of security i witnessed on the way to the office this morning).
tribute in light
here is a great video clip of the tribute in light, viewed from the brooklyn promenade, from ny1 news.
also, here is some great news coverage (and a video clip) of the memorial services at ground zero, from ny1 news.
update: one more year has gone by: september 11. 2009.