BECAUSE THIS MOMENT SIMPLY IS

 Kyle Carpenter, a Marine veteran of Afghanistan and Medal of Honor recipient, reflects on the need for hope, humility, and thankfulness on the 15th anniversary of 9/11.

Read Kyle's Reflection.


SHE SWALLOWED HARD, SHED SOME TEARS

I’ve wondered often what he might think of the last 15 years: Edward Snowden’s NSA leak, Osama bin Laden’s death, any of the myriad domestic terrorism attacks here and internationally; I’ve really wondered then.

Read Anna's Story.


Really — I'm OK

I wish it never happened. America’s response at Ground Zero was beautiful, but we’ve since grown ugly.

Read Thomas' Story.


Like Roses And Mustard Gas

And every clear-cut good/evil line in the sand I previously held onto vanished. Some would even argue that I grew up

Read Gerardo's Story.


Opening the window and making love to the world

Do I wish we were serious about improving ourselves and the world? Of course! Are we? Looking at the evidence: absolutely not.

Read Adrian's Story.


THERE IS LOVE ENOUGH IN THIS WORLD FOR EVERYBODY, IF PEOPLE WILL JUST LOOK.

We didn’t look beyond the border. Now we feel like we’re this swirling mass of humanity—it takes a toll when you know everything—it damages you.

Read Katie's Story.


THINKING BRAINLESSLY WITH THEIR SPINAL CORDS

Tim Patterson was attending the Naval Academy when the 9/11 attacks happened. He deployed on submarines and to Afghanistan. Now he wonders if it was all for naught. 

Read Tim's Story.


Ignore the awful times, and Concentrate On The Good Ones

We had hanged Saddam over Christmas and the war in Iraq had stopped. At least in Ramadi.

Read Michael's Story.


Fate In What I Cannot Fear

"My eyes welled up. Never have my thoughts of 9/11 been so heavy. ...For the first time, perhaps ever in my adult life, I, without effort, feel 9/11."

Read Nate's Story.


All time is all time. It does not change.

"We—regardless of virtually any social, political, or ideological persuasion—can prevent this, or something like it, from happening again. That has to be 9/11’s enduring legacy."

Read Chris' Story.


When Everything Was Beautiful And Nothing Hurt

Following 9/11, Matthew Hefti left college to serve in the Air Force. Hefti reflects on his promises to remember and all the things he chooses to forget.

Read Matthew's Story.


Farewell, Hello, Farewell, Hello

David Palacio wanted to defeat the enemy so he joined the Marine Corps after the 9/11 attacks. Six combat deployments later, the endless war continues on.

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Everything is supposed to be very quiet after a massacre

Army PFC J.P. Lawrence deployed to Iraq after the 2006 Sunni Awakening. He shares his stories of the Post-9/11 Iraq invasion and reflects on false narratives of war.

Read J.P.'s Story.


Trapped In The Amber Of This Moment

David Chrisinger felt the urge to serve his country in the Marines during the Iraq War. He reflects on his choices on the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11. 

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GOING BACK TO THE SLAUGHTERHOUSE FOR SOUVENIRS OF THE WAR

Peter Lucier missed the fighting days of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. He describes the lack of strategy plaguing this era of war on the anniversary of 9/11.

Read Peter's Story.