Sixteen years ago America lost some of its brightest citizens in a terror attack

Sixteen years... It doesn’t seem possible … but it has been 16 years since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, which killed approximately 3,000 people that day and many more victims since then. We as older people know exactly where we were and what we were doing that day, and we swore, “We will never forget!”

While we may remember what happened, what about future generations? There is now a whole new generation who knows very little, if anything, about the 9/11 tragedy. Most of their experience is filtered through the eyes of when they were children, or perhaps they hadn’t been born yet. Nevertheless, to those of us who watched that day, the horror is burned into our minds.

As for Colorado, we lost over 11 Coloradans on that infamous day in September. It is right we should remember those people from Colorado who happened to be in the wrong place at that appointed time. We honor their families in keeping the memory of their loved ones alive.

Of note, five of the Colorado victims, Bell, Mehta, Faragher, Faughnan, and Adams were all within a few floors of each other in the North Tower of the World Trade Center when the first airplane hit.

To the families of all those who fell that day 16 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001, we sympathize with your loss. We honor you and the memory of your loved ones. Our blessings and prayers go out to you. Life was taken too soon from way too many on that tragic day many years ago.