Personally when I say "never forget" - I will never forget all the heroic souls taken from us that day in that demonic act. I will never forget all the families that lost their loved ones as they watched on the television screen, as some spoke to them on their cell phones. How helpless they must have felt. I will never forget the heroes including the police, EMTs and firefighters - to see the firefighters pouring into ground zero, company after company, even after the first tower fell they came - ready to go in knowing the second tower could also fall.
Sadly, abhorently, there's another awareness, a consciousness, that will never be forgotten either. The lies we were told by our leaders - lies that cost too many more deaths and wounded warriors, countless more heroes hewn from the best and the bravest from all over this country who made us all proud ... and other truths that have left many of us with an acknowledgment of shame as well as an understanding of the debasement of this our beloved country. And a deep grief that goes far beyond the sorrow for the victims of 9/11.