Visited 9/11 memorial this summer and it was such a moving experience. One of my college classmates posts this personal account every year, he was in one of the towers :
I still remember the glorious morning it was
I still remember seeing all the paper flying out of the first tower, wondering if it was confetti for some early morning parade
I still remember the evacuation message with a "this is not a drill"
I still remember Avel running around the office like a madman asking all of us to leave
I still remember walking down the stairs with thousands of others, unsure but calm
I still remember feeling the whole tower shake when the 2nd plane hit
I still remember the calm turning into utter panic and everyone starting to run down the stairs
I still remember the NYPD cop turning us back into the tower as we tried to exit because of all the falling debris
I still remember running by a man lying on the road with the side of his head bleeding
I still remember standing on Broadway with thousands of others looking up at the towers, wondering what was going on
I still remember the crowd panicking as someone screamed "there is another plane coming"
I still remember walking to the 34th street ferry station
I still remember seeing a girl, lanky, blonde, sitting in the middle of a deserted street, crying
I still remember Laura running out from her apartment to hug me and telling me that no one had heard from Jayesh
I still remember hugging Divya, trying to calm my hysterical mom 10000mi away
I still remember standing in my balcony, smoking a cigarette
I still remember celebrating Nikita's birthday in the courtyard, while everyone hoped that her dad Jayesh would just walk in
I still remember going for Jayesh's funeral, twice.. and then backing out from going to the 3rd and 4th
I still remember Jayesh's mom falling down crying hysterically during the funeral
I kinda remember being completely numb the next few weeks, everyone at work leaving me alone for some reason
I still remember being picked, for the first time, for Sun's club in Hawaii, but refusing to go
I will never forget. Terrorism will backfire on the terrorists, it will bring the world even closer together.
I post this every year and I cry... I will never forget