The San Francisco Giants put up a memorial in remembrance of Sept 11th. It lists all of the names of those who lost their lives in this attack, in a simple and direct manner, much the same as the Vietnam Memorial in our nations capital. You often read a question similar to this, ”Do you remember were you were, when you first learned about the terrorist attacks?” The image that will always stand out for me, is walking through the Civic Center in front of City Hall here in San Francisco, the day that it happened. All of the streets that lined the intersection were blocked off. There was a barricade too, placed around City Hall, with police stationed at every entrance. The Flag was flying at half mast, symbolizing for me how important it was to stand united. It was a surreal moment too, when you realized that what took place on the other side of the country, had really placed the entire country under threat of attack. It was a shock to realize that even our beloved San Francisco, just as beloved as New York, could suffer a similar fate.
Taking the time to remember were you were, when you first learned about the attacks is important. But I believe it’s more important to remember the families of all the victims, and imagine for a moment where they were when they first heard about it, and how they must have felt. Let us always remember.