Tuesday August 22nd 2017

Ten Years and a Couple Days Later

I never saw the World Trade Center. The first time I came to New York, I “moved” here for a few months to intern with 77 WABC and The Sean Hannity Show.

This was six years after the attacks of September 11th, 2001.

On that historic day, I was sitting in English class wondering how something like that could happen in a city I only imagined was untouchable. I never truly felt the sorrow and horror of that day until I lived in the city. Anytime any mention of the FDNY or NYPD came up, a solemn mood overtook the radio station. I could tell that those attacks were far from being distant…the emotions were all too present day in and day out.

A decade later, those emotions have not disappeared, but they have evolved. Now, the solemnity that was once felt has turned into eagerness for what lies ahead. The remembrance has turned into renewal. The enduring American spirit has, well, endured and is stronger than ever.

On September 11th, 2011, I had the opportunity to view the 9/11 Memorial ceremonies at Ground Zero ten stories up on the balcony of Two World Financial Center. Whether it was the names being read, the choir singing, or the incredibly powerful playing of Taps, the enduring American spirit was overwhelming. My arms had perpetual goosebumps. My eyes were never quite dry…it was a somber day, but with the fountains running and the trees blowing in the wind, this anniversary was different than any other. Rebirth was in the air.

77 WABC was live at Ground Zero all day. It was an incredible time of unique perspectives given by each host. It opened my eyes and heart to stories I had never heard before. It was a day I will not soon forget.

I never saw the World Trade Center. I can’t begin to imagine how this city could have possibly dealt with the horrendous attacks on that day ten years ago. But, the city did just that…And ten years later, we remain strong and continue to move forward.

Ten years and a couple days later, we’re back to business as usual. But now, those fountains are running, those trees are blowing in the wind, and those names are forever etched into the echo of Lower Manhattan.

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