I think the terrorist attacks of 9/11 are for my generation "the event we all remember" like the assassination of JFK was for my parents and the Pearl Harbor attack for my grandparents. You remember where you were, how you felt, and you think, "What now?" and "Life isn't going to be the same after this."
And it isn't, but it is.
We still go on living. Some of the particulars of "how" may change, but we still try to pay the bills, we still try to go on. Some things get worse, some things get better. As time passes, the significance of the actual event starts to recede.
Ask kids today about Pearl Harbor. Most will go, "huh?". President Roosevelt said that that day would "forever live in infamy". But does anyone who wasn't alive back when that happen memorialize it? No.
There are plenty of people that witnessed the JFK assassination but we don't hear about any memorials for him anymore really.
Today we'll memorialize the 9/11 attacks, the tenth anniversary. And so we should, because those attacks weren't on a militarily strategic target, nor was it an assassination attempt on a prominent political figure. It was a cowardly attack on thousands of civilians who were just trying to make a living, trying to take care of their families, just doing what most people do. We will mourn with those whose family members lost their lives that day and in the days afterward. We'll think about our own families, and hopefully, rededicate ourselves to providing for them the best we can. We'll thank God for what we have.
Many years from now, the wounds will finally heal, the scars won't be so painful, and life will go on.
Thank heaven it does.