So this is the idea. We've all been touched by the tragedy of September 11th in some way. Some of us lost loved ones, while others witnessed the events first hand. In some cases we have no direct connection to the tragedy whatsoever, but we still share a patriotic kinship that keeps the tragedy near to our hearts.

If you're old enough, or like to study history, you know that after the shocking events of 1963 (when President John F. Kennedy was shot), everyone remembered exactly what they were doing that day. Similarly, there's no doubt that anyone awake and present on September 11th probably remembers very clearly what they were doing, where they were, who they were with, what they were thinking, and so on.

In 1963 America didn't have an Internet. America didn't have play-by-play newscasts recorded, pre-recorded or archived daily and readily available via a click or two of the mouse. Today we do. So while it's all still on our minds, it seems only natural that we look for somewhere to put it down and share our stories with loved ones, friends, or even (and especially) perfect strangers.

Share your feelings. Share your thoughts. Share your story. And in this, let's find a way to bring this nation together.

As I began to take a sip from my glass of water, I counted my blessings. Never take anything in this life for granted, not even something as simple and as pure as the water you drink. You never know when you won't have that luxury ever again.

Gaby (story excerpt)


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