I'm not sure what to say about this being the tenth anniversary of 9/11. All the words used to describe the horror have been used. Then I thought that too often in a situation where there is great sadness people do not know what to say and so they say nothing. We can't just say nothing. So, this is me attempting to say something.
I remember where I was when I heard a plane had flown into the twin towers. I was watching when the second plane hit and when they collapsed. Watching it was horrifying and in memory it seems like time slowed down. Even as I watched it I knew, because we all know these things, that what I was witnessing was nothing compared to what was going on at what came to be known as ground zero and it hurt physically, on their behalf - to see it unfold. Trying to understand the ramifications was impossible.
So, I thought I would just say that no matter where a person lived on the globe, they were deeply affected by what happened. Just under 3,000 were killed from ninety countries and that makes it an internationally shared kind of grief with the US bearing the worst losses and the remaining scar, in the form of a vacant spot the size of the universe, among the buildings of the Manhattan skyline.
To the families of everyone who must be reminded every day of their loss, and certainly every year on this date as the world acknowledges the anniversary, my sympathies and sincerest hope that you are able to keep on keeping on.