Like you, I can close my eyes and see the events of September 11, 2001. The pain, the fear and the death are all seared on our hearts. Yet, as dark as the smoke was rising, there was a silver lining — we came together as a nation. We gave to strangers, said thank you to a first responder and got to know our neighbors. We flew our flags and somehow adjusted to the changes that were thrust upon us.

Then it faded away.

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Marshall Ramsey, a nationally recognized editorial cartoonist, shares his cartoons and travels the state as Mississippi Today’s Editor-At-Large. He’s also host of a weekly statewide radio program and a television program on Mississippi Public Broadcasting and is the author of several books. Marshall is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and a 2019 recipient of the University of Tennessee Alumni Professional Achievement Award.