Never Forget Those We Lost on 9/11

When I landed in Las Vegas for the Kaseya Connect User Conference this evening, I spotted the rumors on Twitter: Osama Bin Laden was dead. By around 10:30 p.m. eastern, multiple news sources confirmed the rumors. And as of 11:22 p.m. eastern, the nation was still awaiting an official statement from President Obama. I'll leave the news and the analysis to the mainstream media. Instead, news of Bin Laden's death instantly transports me back to 9/11, and those we lost on that fateful day.

Tonight I remember exactly where I was on September 11, 2001. I was with Ziff Davis Media, in Atlanta for the Interop conference. I was riding mass transportation. That's when the chatter started; a few riders mentioned that the Twin Towers had collapsed. But how? One of my closest friends and next door neighbor, George Miller, was an electrician working in the towers that day. Miraculously he survived... but we soon learned as a nation that there were 2,977 victims who never returned home to their families.

Tonight I'm reminded of Mark Bingham, a 3Com PR veteran whom I deeply respected. Mark was the type of PR guy who made my job as a tech reporter easy. Tragically but heroically, Mark was among the passengers who attempted to storm the cockpit of Flight 93 to try to prevent members of Al Qaeda, the terrorist organization, from using the plane to kill hundreds or thousands of additional victims as a part of the 9/11 attacks on the United States, notes Wikipedia.

And Tonight, Bin Laden is dead. I'm not in a position to tell anyone how to react. But I hope we all slow down for a moment. As a country we promised to never forget 9/11. I hope we remain true to that statement. Forever.

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