"This is part of my husband and my story because we were in Hoboken and he was working in the City and I work for the airlines
And who could have imagined a world of "Yes, we can," in which a young-ish African American president gets elected, only to be challenged by those claiming to want to restore some notion of the American dream, complete with a blurring of church and state?
This Sept. 11, the memorial at ground zero is opening for the first time, and as a country we are no closer to agreeing upon what it is we want to remember. We owe the dead, the suffering, the survivors and our posterity more than that.
For many Ground Zero workers, being hailed as a hero felt like fraud. "A hero is the guy who emerges from a burning building with a baby in his arms," they told me. None of them had, despite their attempts, rescued anyone.
As they engaged in the act of building up a space destroyed by people who are seen as Muslim, who claimed to be Muslim, would they see me and remember the perpetrators? Or would I be viewed as just another visitor, another human being?
"These 40 people saved thousands of lives and the greatest symbol of our democracy, the Capitol," he said. "It's not just
Nearly ten years after terrorists smashed planes into Lower Manhattan, the most optimistic thing you can say about the rebuilding of the World Trade Center is that it's a work in progress.
At its quarter century mark in 2036, will the World Trade Center Memorial still have an audience beyond descendant survivors and first-time tourists?