12 years ago today, America changed forever. Whether you were in New York City or California, you will always remember the exact moment when you heard the news. I was leaving my son’s school when I found out that the World Trade Center, which was steps away from my apartment building, had been hit. My home was destroyed but my family’s spirits were not. Every day we feel incredibly lucky to have survived that fateful morning. The transformation that has taken place at Ground Zero is truly amazing and it is a constant reminder of America’s hope and resilience. On this historic day, please take a moment to remember the brave souls of the men and women who lost their lives on 9/11.
Today marks the 11th anniversary of the September 11th tragedy, and each year on this date I always take a moment to reflect on how precious life is and how close I came to losing everything important to me- my family. As many of you may already know, I was –and still am- living across the street from the World Trade Center when the buildings were struck back in 2001. At the time of the attack I was in Brooklyn dropping my son off at school but my 3 year old daughter Sadye was at home with her babysitter. Fortunately, they were able to take cover in our stairwell and managed to survive unharmed. My apartment was not so lucky; blasted by the powerful collapse of the towers, everything we owned was destroyed.
But while the loss of our home was trying, at the end of the day possessions cannot compare to the happiness of knowing your loved ones are safe. I feel blessed everyday to have my family by my side and I will never forget the day I almost lost it all.
On this day I salute all of the men and women who put themselves in harms way trying to save lives and my heart goes out to all those families who tragically didn’t have the luck I was blessed with on that day.
Ten years ago yesterday our lives were changed forever. Some of us lost family members, loved ones, acquaintances, or just a sense of security in our homes. But regardless of the extent to which 9/11 impacted you personally; all Americans were changed that day.