I’ll skip all the usual observations about how amazing it is that so much time has passed. But it is and it has.
And I’ll skip all the solemn pronouncements about how different things are and at the same time not. But they are/are not.
I will say that as time passes the facts become more believable because we have assimilated them, but the horror never fades if the events of the day are re-imagined, the evil of the perpetrators confronted, and the lives of the victims revisited.
It is a solemn day and always will be for those who were alive at the time. Let us remember, and teach our children and grandchildren.
[NOTE: I've recommended the book Touching History before, but I'll remind readers that it's an absolutely riveting account of what happened in the skies that day. Some of it will be a surprise to you.
And here is my own account of 9/11 and my reactions to the event.]