Known since as simply 9/11, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, have left a lasting memory in the minds of millions of Americans.
On that day, I was a freshman in college and was sitting in philosophy class when the professor got the word that a plane had struck the first tower of the World Trade Center.
I, along with many of my fellow college-mates, immediately went to the student lounge as news crews attempted to explain what had happened. Administrators canceled classes for the day, as several faculty members had family and friends at New York.
A friend and I watched for a few minutes, before heading to his truck to come back to Kennett.
At the time, we thought the event was simply a pilot error.
Little did we know, in the short time thereafter, more planes would be hijacked and more lives would be lost.
To this day, the impact of that event weighs heavy on the hearts and minds of everyone who was involved or had family and/or friends involved.
The photos taken on that day will forever be a lasting memory of one of the saddest events in our history.
Engraved in our memories are the countless still images and videos of the fires, the explosions, and the city streets covered in ash and debris.
On that day, 2,749 people were killed. On that day, the iconic Manhattan skyline changed forever. On that day, everything changed. Forever.
Today, on that tragic site, America is doing what it does best. It is rising from the ashes. It is beginning to stand tall.
A new tower is being constructed, known simply as 1 World Trade Center. The grounds are coming to life with vegetation and waterfalls. The Manhattan skyline is reshaping.
On September 12, 2011, the new site will be opened to the public for the first time. Early next year, construction will be completed.
The new site will be a memorial to the 2,749 people who lost their lives on that day.
The new site will be home to business and workers.
The new site will stand as a testimony to the strength of our nation.
We do not back down. We stand tall. We push forward.
And although we move on, we never forget.
George Anderson is the managing editor of the Daily Dunklin Democrat.