Something like 9/11 is too big to take in. I recommend picking one person. Take a name off the list. Learn about that person. I picked Christine. She represents 9/11 for me. The loss, the horror, the senseless stupidity of murdering random civilians.
She would be 20 now. A college student, moving into adulthood.
Instead, she and her parents died when their plane impacted the South Tower. Christine's paternal grandfather Lee was on the phone with his son Peter right up to impact. They knew what was going to happen. Peter tried to comfort his dad, "Don't worry, Dad, if it happens, it will be quick." His last words were, "Oh my God".
Her grandparents have spent the last 18 years pushing for justice, for trials, for the people responsible for planning the attack to be held accountable. That hasn't happened. Lee Hanson died last November. Eunice continues to push for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to be brought to trial.
Not birthdays and vacations, watching her granddaughter grow up, but memorials, visits to federal defense attorneys, waiting for some sort of justice, and growing old alone.
"They took away our dreams. They took away our future,"