For Split A Second Everything Was Normal

A U.S. flag hanging from a steel girder, damaged in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, blows in the breeze at a memorial in Jersey City, N.J., Sept. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

On a cloudless mid-September day in 2001, everything changed. It was one of those moments that those alive then and now remember by knowing exactly what they were doing at the time they learned the news. It seems like many lifetimes ago, yet the tragic and horrific events of September 11, 2001 happened a short 18 years ago. Other generations had Pearl Harbor, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the lunar landing, the space shuttle Challenger explosion and ours …

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