I couldn’t go through this day without remembering my experiences on September 11th and the days, weeks, months and years since the attacks.
- I’ll never forget the outpouring of sympathy from everyone in the city for each other, not to mention the concern and support we felt from around the world.
- I’ll never forget hearing peoples’ stories. To this day, I feel like I don’t know you until I learn where you were on 9/11/01.
- I’ll never forget the day I spoke with Lee Ielpi of the Tribute WTC Visitors Center. He asked me to become a volunteer tour guide of the site. I said I couldn’t do it because I would cry every time. He said to me, “Do you think I don’t cry every time I point out where I found my son?” And so I became a volunteer tour guide.
- I’ll never forget the privilege of walking onto the Memorial Plaza last year on the 10th Anniversary. I was not prepared emotionally, but then again, I don’t know I would have prepared anyway. It was overwhelmingly beautiful, and the rush of the water blocked out all the sounds of the city.
- I’ll never forget the people I have met through my volunteer work with the Tribute Center, and the people we lost whom I’ve learned about and wish I had known.
Mostly, I’ll never forget how much I love New York City, and how glad I am to wake up every day and know that it is my home.