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John Hayward @Doc_0
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I think the hardest thing to explain to people too young to remember 9/11 is how we were ALL THERE. We saw the footage, heard and read the agonizing drip of horrifying details. It drew us all to NYC, to the Pentagon, to the aisle of United 93.
We went there in our waking thoughts and uneasy dreams, in our fervent prayers and deepest fears. We heard about people who ran into those collapsing towers and our souls took flight to walk with them. We dreamed of catching those who jumped to escape the flames.
What we saw was so real it was unreal, like something out of a big-budget movie. It took us a little time to truly accept it was real and comprehend the magnitude of it all.
There is the moment you are told about so much death, terror, pain, and heroism, the moment you see and hear it... and then, later on, the quiet and devastating moment when you finally KNOW it happened.
It was such a beautiful day. It was such an ordinary morning. All those people were living lives just like yours. What came next was unimaginable, so it took our imaginations a little time to catch up with it... and when they did, we were all drawn inexorably into the horror.
I think, in the days after 9/11, every one of us had moments when we took a seat on those planes, or sat down at a desk in the World Trade Center, and part of us dwells there forever in grief and doubt, mourning the dead and wondering what we would have done in their place.
I hope the people who were little children on 9/11, and the people who were born afterward, never know exactly what that feels like. I can't quite convey it to them in words, and maybe that is for the best. /end
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