11 Sep September 11th

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Today is the 16th anniversary of the September 11th attacks in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.  Anybody old enough to remember that horrible day can probably remember exactly where they were, and what they were doing, when they heard the news.  It was my generation’s Pearl Harbor and it changed the world forever.

I have a 20 year history working as a paramedic and I distinctly recall watching my peers respond to the towers and to the other crash sites that day.  I also recall how I felt when I learned that so many of them fell while performing their duties.  My wife and I honeymooned in New York City not long after that, and I have a close friend who served in Afghanistan as a direct result of the attacks.  Like many people, I feel a connection to that day.

When I was back in New York last year I took this photo of one of the two reflecting pools found at The National September 11 Memorial & Museum (which is located underground).  Each reflecting pool is approximately 1 acre in size and is located in the footprint of one of the World Trade Center towers.  More than 400 trees surround these pools, creating an incredibly peaceful experience.

The Memorial & Museum is a moving tribute to that horrible day, with a strong focus on the people involved (the victims, the heroes, the responders, those who worked so tirelessly at Ground Zero for so long, the families that were

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