Americans are a generous and tolerant people, although widely considered rude and obnoxious through the rest of the world.
I do not understand the intolerance of the religious extremists who sought to wreak such havoc on our country 7 years ago today. Today, I mourn on behalf of the thousands of families whose lives were forever scarred. I will never forget your losses, nor the hatred which caused such heartache. I remember the funeral procession for the young woman who had graduated from high school near here a few years previously.
I remember my young second cousin, 3 months into her first job in NYC, who was so frightened by 9/11 that she abandoned all of her possessions and fled home.
I remember the attorney for the firm against whom we had filed suit, who escaped the towers, and immediately thereafter called our lawyer and gave us exactly what we sought.
I hadn't been in NYC for in excess of a decade before 9/11, but I can never forget.