If we were old enough to remember Sept. 11, 2001, it would be hard to forget that surreal spectacle when perfect blue skies billowed smoke and ash as giant buildings burned and collapsed. Almost 3,000 dead; a nation shocked to its core. A nightmare newsreel playing over and over.
Numerous commemorations are planned across Long Island Tuesday but many seem muted by comparison to previous years, perhaps restrained by last year's passing of the 10th anniversary.
But some Plainview residents haven't forgotten. Monday night, Junior Firefighter Jeremy R. Mlotok sent Plainview Patch some photos, including some of his dad, Bill Mlotok, PFD, working with comrades at Ground Zero. Another photo shows FF Mlotok and his son at the 9/11 Memorial.
The photos are attached here, and they speak volumes.
Tuesday night, a service will take place at . The PFD will be out in force; the Plainview JFK choir will perform the National Anthem. A community will pray together.
In and police stations all over New York City Tuesday, solemn bells will toll. At Ground Zero, families will gather and names read. For the first time, politicians will not speak there this year.
Are some people trying to put 9/11 behind them? Are you?
Others will never forget that day of courage and endurance in the face of unprecedented horrors.
How do you think of that day 11 years ago? Will you attend a service or join in a volunteer effort?