At the ten-year anniversary of September 11, 2011, I thought it fitting to share this memorial article published in the Cornell Alumni Magazine in the winter of 2001. Twenty Cornellians died in the attacks: eighteen in the World Trade Center and two on United Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. My thoughts go out to those families and to all the others whose lives will never be the same.
I was only in seventh grade at the time and could not fully comprehend the magnitude of the loss of life or how the world changed that day. But, today, ten years later, it’s not possible to live in the city without being reminded of the world we now live in.