What were you doing the day the Twin Towers came down? Virtually everyone can recall it in vivid detail. But a dozen years after terrorists turned passenger planes into deadly bombs, most Americans have moved on.
If it weren't for us dubbing the event 9/11 or Sept. 11, some of us probably would even forget that today is the anniversary.
We've moved on, but the effects of that day 12 years ago are still prevalent in our daily lives. We're still trying to get over the two wars that the attack spawned and trying to stay out of another because we're weary -- and wary -- from those experiences. We put up with heightened security at airports and more surveillance by the government with the justification that, "if it keeps us safe ..."
The long-lasting effects aren't limited to the military or to removing your shoes at the airport. Thousands of families' lives -- mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, sons, daughters -- were changed forever that day. Our nation's fiscal well-being took a gut punch, and it still hasn't quite recovered. Even though we've made it to the other side of the Great Recession, it doesn't really feel like it.
As we remember the nearly 3,000 individuals who died on Sept. 11, 2001, and the loved ones they left behind, let us also remember the unity and patriotism we felt as a nation when evil outsiders drove us together. Even as memory fades with time, it's important that we not forget.