Let’s not talk about real estate today.

It’s time to remember the trauma, and those who lost their lives on this day five years ago.

Our city and our nation have showed a great deal of resilience after the horrors of 9/11, but many still find the anniversary difficult to get through and almost unbearable. We all have those stories–a friend, a loved one, a nightmare. That was a day the news and our actual lives collided in immensely painful ways.

Five years later, there are lots of interesting thoughts (and article after article, and too many profiles of the deceased) about what happened, who is to blame, why we can never forget, and how we have moved on. Everyone will mark this day in their own way. I prefer simply remembering what we were doing that day, and the heroic efforts of an entire city. Through all the dust, smoke, and tragedy,  that day I learned a lot about what it truly means to be a New Yorker and an American. The loyalty, camaraderie, and strength on display five years ago fill me with the confidence that our city and our nation will always manage to work together enough to handle the toughest challenges.

Today, my thoughts and prayers go out to those who lost their lives, the families they left behind, and everyone who was so deeply affected by the tragedies of that horrific day.

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