Families learned to live with only the memories of their husbands, wives, brothers, sisters and children. Americans faced the reality that we are not invincible; we are as capable of being invaded as we are to invade other countries. In response, our homeland security and international awareness heightened far beyond what it ever was before September 11, 2001.
And much changed in our profession, as well. In the media, the tragic day lit a fire under all of us to seek the truth like never before. The importance of the information we share with our readers and viewers became akin to what it was in the last World War. Many young reporters entering the field now were motivated to do so by the gripping articles and interviews they saw in the months after the attacks.
Now that the 10-year anniversary is passed, we must all focus on moving on. Our loved ones who perished would want us to cherish our lives, which we now see are all so fragile. However, as is commonly said, although we may move on, we must “never forget” our responsibility to protect and respect each other.
Let us keep the passion we share for our country, and respect it by seeking the truth about the decisions that are made for us, so those making them feel a duty to accurately represent us.