Pull the dusty books off the shelf.
Pull out the old newspapers.
Search the facts (not conspiracy theories)
Watch the video and images
Watch one or more of the four award winning documentaries
When I saw the first plane hit...I thought...must be a auto-pilot failure....this has not happened since the WWII Bomber hit the Empire State Building...When I saw the second one hit, I thought "Shit, we are at war!".
I have since been the the site when it was an open hole, took photos of the cross firemen found and construction workers erected, felt the silence at the site, visited the chapel inside the Pentagon, read about it as "history".
I remember being at the site in lower Manhattan, as people from every faith stood silently along a chain link fence, where people had stuffed flowers and notes, left gifts or every form and set up make-shift shrines. Every fatih was there.
Then two young arab speaking guys came walking by, talking full voice and speaking loudly in what may have been Farsi.
That's where prejudice is born.
I took the photo shown with this Facebook on that day.
Let us never remember that people of every nation, many religions, many faiths, major jobs died there...
It changed our nation.
We all felt the impact.
Humor and tolerance were gone for weeks. A University professor was fired for making a joke. He later earned a settlement but did not want his job back, when a student tape of his lecture showed up, and despite all students swearing he told the joke about 9-11, it was not on the tape. They had misheard.
Then there were those impacted in other ways. The late Tom Andrew, a true Las Vegas Screen Actors Guild Unionist, panicked when he could not get in touch with his daughter. She was a UN attourneyworking high up in the towers. Turns out she was at home sleeping over a hangover, because the night before she had celebrated her birthday with friends...
Side note: It is a pity that the images we most need to see, and I would love to post, are locked up by companies that charge large fees for their use. Not in the spirit of remembering 9-11. But I do understand that those who risked their lives as photojournalist that day do deserve credit and revenue for their work.