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Sunday, September 11, 2011

We Will Never Forget September 11th

It has been a decade since the tragedy of 9/11 has occurred. It was an unimaginable event that changed our nation and the world. Almost any American old enough to remember can recount where he or she was on that fateful day in 2001. Whether it was in a classroom, living room, or office when we saw the smoke from the Twin Towers or got a frantic phone call, we remember. We remember the lives that were lost and the lives that were affected.

I was living in Boston, and doing my surgical rotation at the time. When I entered the hospital that morning, there was a frenzy and people were watching the horrific news. The first plane, American flight 11, had struck the North Tower. Being close to New York, it felt like watching a neighbor suffer a massive tragedy. Indeed, there were people we knew who were directly affected since their families were living or working in or near those buildings. Many of the emergency teams from the Boston hospitals were sent to New York in the aftermath to work alongside the other heroes--the firefighters, police, and everyday citizens.

On the ten-year anniversary of 9/11, we reflect in our own ways. Whether it is taking a moment to remember the heroes and victims, attending commemorative events, or becoming involved in community service, we will never forget.


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