I was a senior in high school on September 11, 2001. We were at an early morning rehearsal for the play West Side Story when our musical director, Bonnie Johnson, came in and broke the news to us.
It was in that moment that our childhood innocence was taken from us.
We were filled with thoughts of fear, hate and war. Osama Bin Laden was the leader of Al Qaeda, the terrorist groups that executed the 9/11 attacks and almost immediately become Public Enemy #1 and the face of blame for the greatest attack on US soil in history.
After the attacks President Bush said "We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail." It took ten years to find Bin Laden, but we did it. While I know that this does not bring the end of a war that has cost us so many American, and foreign, lives, it brings some sort of closure to me.
Where were you on September 11, 2001?