With the caveat that I was only six years old, I don't remember how the days went after the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were attacked back on Sept. 11, 2001.
Though it comes in a moment, what I do remember is coming home from school and seeing a photo of the burning twin towers on the front page of the Banner Graphic. This was when we printed six days a week except for Sunday — and how early you got yours depended on how quick your paperboy was. Things have changed since then.
I see Sept. 11 as an event not just contemporary to my generation, but as that which defined American politics and society and us maturing in a rapidly developing world.
It has become our Pearl Harbor, in a way like the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the Challenger explosion were the cataclysmic events for Eric Bernsee's and my mom's generations. Just like those, Sept. 11 is read about in high school history books.
However, it remains fresh. If I don't have a clear recollection, others most certainly do.
I am of the thought that 9/11 shouldn't be consigned only to the historical narrative. Twenty years later, how each of us felt and where we were when the towers collapsed, when Flight 93 crashed and when we saw the destruction at the Pentagon still matters.
You could say that I tell stories for a living. This time, I would like readers to see yours. Where were you on Sept. 11, 2001? What do you remember about how it affected you?