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It’s been sixteen years since the tragic events of September 11th, 2001 claimed 2,977 lives--343 of those were firemen and EMS who rushed into help as the Twin Towers fell--and fundamentally changed what it means to be an American.

All of us have a "Where Were You On September 11th" story, and there are many that are more important than mine... but I can say it changed my view on a great many things. Even now, sixteen years later, the attacks still seem too near, too filled with emotion.

I remember being on the air that day and finding myself completely speechless, just letting the dead air stretch because I was staring at the images of New York in utter chaos. I didn’t know how to describe the emotions I felt to my listeners, and it’s still difficult today, and I couldn't separate myself from the news. As a broadcaster, sometimes we are required to shut off that part of us that's scared, that part that's angry, that part that just wants to cry, and report on what's happening. On that day I utterly failed as a broadcaster. I can see images of the towers falling, the rescue teams pulling people free, and a tattered, dirty flag still flying and be instantly choked up.

Here’s what I wrote on the 5th anniversary:

There are parts of 9/11 that seem hazy, like it was a dream, but there are some moments I will never forget. I remember being woke by my Program Director saying that there was an accident in New York... A plane had crashed into the World Trade Centers. I turned on the TV just in time to see the second plane hit. I remember trying to solder a simulcast cable from our AM station to get a live news feed to our FM station and burning the hell out of myself. I remember crying as the towers fell. I remember calling my mom just to tell her I loved her. So many things… It was a day that seemed to last weeks, but has never really ended.

As we reflect on this anniversary of September 11th, how do you feel? Where were you?