I remember watching the breaking news, ten years ago today, as the first tower of the World Trade Center burned. Then the unbelievable site of a second plane hurtling into the second tower flashed across the screen. And finally, in an image that has been seared into the collective psyche of a nation–and a world–the twin towers fell.
Despite the enormous cost, ten years later we are rebuilding on Ground Zero. Another tower will rise in the ashes of the first, and the Manhattan skyline will again have a central figure.
And so a decade later, as the reality of this event continues its inexorable transition from news to history, we must focus on the irreplacable element we lost on that day and in the years following: our people.
Today is Patriot Day.