I picked a heck of a day to enter my first official post on my blog – “9/11”
Even NBC was smart enough not to have this be Meredith Viera’s first day on the Today Show.
But, here it is and here we are marking the five year anniversary of a tragedy that forever changed our lives. It is a somber day for everyone and you can hear it and feel it when you speak with people. They may not mention “9/11” but you can tell it is on their mind.
I did not know any one personally who died that day. I had met Todd Beamer (of the flight 93 “Let’s Roll” fame) one time as we both worked for Oracle. But I wouldn’t say I knew him well and in fact couldn’t guarantee I had actually met him except a friend reminded me of a time when I would have worked with him on a particular sales opportunity.
The brother of a colleague of mine perished at the Pentagon and a former teacher at my kids’ middle school also died at the Pentagon. But I didn’t really “know” anyone who died that day.
Regardless, it is still a day that I will never forget. Not so much because of any fear it might have instilled in me, but just recognizing the changes to our everyday lives it would bring. We hear a lot of talk about how our lives will never be the same and while this is certainly true, I have to wonder and have hope that one day “9/11” will fade from our everyday worries and become only a day to remember those who lost their lives in the events of that date.
Just like December 7, 1941 or November 22, 1963 were, September 11, 2001 is a date that will be a defining moment in our generation. Depending upon one’s age, everyone can tell you where they were when they first heard of the events that occurred on these three dates.
But today The Attack on Pearl Harbor and the JFK Assassination are largely just memories of terrible losses. We know that Pearl Harbor led us into World War II and we know that society, our innocence and our view of government changed with the death of John F. Kennedy. But what does “9/11” signify?
Perhaps it is still too soon to understand or begin to label how “9/11” will be remembered. It certainly is too soon to know what future generations will think when they hear “9/11” or September 11, 2001. I hope they have similar thoughts as I do when I hear December 7th or November 22nd: Events with tragic losses but events that eventually led to a more peaceful world and a world of greater responsibility and caring for all.
Or heck, maybe they will remember it as the day I wrote my first official blog.