We never forget 9/11

Brooklyn Heights Promenade is covered with candles the nights after the 9/11 attacks as smoke rises from the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan. ©Mark D Phillips

We never forget 9/11

Boerum Hill
Brooklyn Heights
Carroll Gardens
Cobble Hill
DUMBO
Gowanus
Park Slope
Red Hook
Beyond South Brooklyn

Every year, I wake up on 9/11 and immediately relive every minute of the day in my memory.

It's not something I want to do, but I know it is something that will go on every year of my life. I did not lose a family member, but I feel like I did.

I don't know the pain that those families feel every day, but I cry for them every year on this day.

I turn on the TV and listen to as many of the names as I can and silently pray for each.

Everything changed that day for all of us. We grieve with every family member on this day.

We praise the first responders who gave their lives trying to save as many of their fellow New Yorkers as they could.

"The number of casualties will be more than any of us can bear, ultimately," New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said.

And it was. And it is.

We will never forget.

The Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and the lower Manhattan skyline from under the Brooklyn Bridge with a blazing red sky. ©Mark D Phillips

Brooklyn Heights Promenade is covered with candles the nights after the 9/11 attacks as smoke rises from the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan. ©Mark D Phillips

Ground Zero image by ©Andrea Peyser