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History We'd Rather Forget, But Musn't Ever

By buzzcollins79111660, Sep 11 2016 03:25PM

I remember, as a child, my dad once telling me that the older you get, the faster time goes by. On this morning of the 15th anniversary of 9-11, that couldn’t be more true. A decade and a half has gone by since that horrific day and yet, despite everything that jades me in this day and age, there is still a sense of disbelief this many years later.

That day hit even closer to home a few years ago when I was reunited with my birth mother and I learned that I have an uncle who is a 9-11 survivor. He worked in the South tower on the 92nd floor. Fortunately, after the North tower was hit, he made a life saving decision to get out of the building. Tragically, most of his work colleagues didn’t follow and they, of course, did not survive. It’s taken my uncle many years to deal with that day and he continues to do so.

For whatever reason there are clips and replays of the moments of that nightmare still posted to social media. For a long time I would view these scenes over and over again. I think, somehow part of me was attempting to register this unbelievable carnage, even years after the fact.

At some point, throughout the past 15 years, that reality sunk in deep enough to the point where I can no longer watch those scenes. That isn’t to say I will ever forget. Who could?

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