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Old 09-05-2011, 11:42 PM
rfrobison rfrobison is offline
 
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Default Reflections on 9/11

With the 10th anniversary of the event fast approaching, I thought I'd kick off a discussion of people's memories, experiences, and thoughts a decade on.

I'm more interested in people's personal thoughts than political or policy debates on the significance of 9/11 and how the U.S. or the world should handle the aftermath, but I leave it open-ended.

The thing that sticks with me the most: I think the attack started around 7:30 p.m. Japan time. My wife and I had come back from dinner and I turned on the TV just in time to watch the second plane hit. At that point it was clear it wasn't an accident.

I think about an our or so later Queen Elizabeth II had an honor guard in front of Buckingham Palace play "The Star Spangled Banner." I started to cry.

I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for Britain and the queen for that.
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