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Remembering September 11

The anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks is a dark day in U.S. history, but also a chance to reflect on what we've lost and gained in the years since.

Remembering the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, means different things to each of us. Most of us can recall exactly where we were when the shocking news arrived.

While those moments are forever inscribed in our minds, it is the choices we made in the hours, days and years after the Twin Towers fell that show the incredible impact of the attacks, and the loss.

I was a university student at the time, more concerned about how well my cross country team was racing than world politics. But my world broadened substantially in the months following 9/11 as two close friends who were in an Army officer program while they attended college shipped out. High school friends who also had chosen to serve were deployed and, overcome with the grief and depression that can haunt our soldiers, one committed suicide when he returned State-side.

Watsonville residents have their own experiences and memories connected to Sept. 11. A year ago, Patch blogger Valerie Lemke on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

Singer/songwriter Michael Gaither, who also is a Patch blogger, penned and performed a song about a 9/11 rescue dog. The video clip to the right was recorded at the .

Now, there is . At the Santa Cruz County Fair, which opens today, there will be a Sept. 11 remembrance.

How do you remember Sept. 11?

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