If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we
learn that life is short and there is no time for hate...
On September 11th 2001, almost 3,000 people lost their
lives during the attacks at the Twin Towers, Pentagon
and aboard United Airlines Flight 93. At 8:46 a.m. ET, American
Airlines Flight 11 (traveling from Boston to Los Angeles) hit the
north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.
At 9:03 a.m. ET, United Airlines Flight 175 (traveling from
Boston to Los Angeles) hit the south tower of the World
Trade Center in New York City. At 9:37 a.m. ET, American
Airlines Flight 77 (traveling from Dulles, Virginia, to Los Angeles)
hit the Pentagon Building in Washington. And at 10:03 a.m. ET,
United Airlines Flight 93 (traveling from Newark, New Jersey,
to San Francisco) crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
And just like that America changed it's course in history.
1987 I got married for the first time. We spent our first
night as a married couple in Manhattan, at the Twin Towers.
We breakfasted with mimosas and all that good stuff. Never was
I to imagine that one day the Twin Towers no longer will be.
Life was taken that day, and at the same time new
life began. September 13th my nephew Sachin was born.
I also remember watching television, seeing the bombings
happening. I was not sure what was going on. Mala and
family lived in New York at the time. She called crying.
Could not believe what they were witnessing. Life
for so many change in the blink of an eye.
Today my sister Nirvan was also born. Long before 9/11.
We celebrate her on Sunday, and for that I am grateful.
The attacks of September 11th were intended to break
our spirit. Instead we have emerged stronger and more unified.
We feel renewed devotion to the principles of political, economic
and religious freedom, the rule of law and respect for human life.
We are more determined than ever to live our lives in freedom."
–Then-Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani...