I had never been to NYC before August, so I never saw the majesty of the Twin Towers in person. I cannot begin to imagine the pain and the horror of that day in that city, no matter how many times I see the TV images.
My most vivid memory of that day five years ago was driving home, passing the 6th busiest airport in the world, and realizing the silence around me was because of the total and complete lack of planes in the air. Something so normal and so taken for granted was suddenly gone. That made it real.
The local paper called September 10, 2001 the "last normal day in America." Amen. May we never forget.