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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.