I commemorate 9/11 every year by watching this performance (when I can locate it on the internet, as Saturday Night Live is very strict about their content being posted on YouTube). I'll never forget how it felt to see those brave men standing on that stage, direct from Ground Zero, being strong for the rest of our country. New York was never the same for me, but in a good way.
A few weeks ago, I was downtown to see a few shows at Pier 26. Growing up in New England, I never really felt the sense of community New Yorkers had with each other until then. Before that (and even sometimes now if I'm being honest), it seemed like a very dog-eat-dog city where people nearly hated each other and just wanted you out of their way. But walking around the neighborhood that once seemed hopelessly devastated, I saw what was now a thriving community once again. It was all due to the strength that New Yorkers mustered up at a time when they needed it the most, and they couldn't have done that without coming together as a city of millions.
It's hard to know how to pay tribute to those who lost their lives that day, those who saved lives that day and those who helped rebuild our city later on. The best way I know how is to "Never Forget", and I do that by reliving a moment where I was both sad for and proud of my country, as Paul Simon sang "The Boxer" on national TV, live from New York.