Remembering 9/11, Nine Years Later

Leo Kolivakis's picture

If you
ask anyone where they were on the morning of September 11th, 2001, they
will tell you exactly where and even tell you what they were doing in
great detail. It's as if time just stopped and the world came to an end.

was in Crete, and came back from a day of swimming at the beach when I
walked into my house and my father told me terrorists just flew planes
into the Twin towers. I couldn't believe the horror I was watching on
CNN. That was exactly nine years ago, and even though I try not to think
about it as much, being in Crete, it feels like it happened yesterday.

night, Greek television played a documentary on the Marriott World Trade
Center survivors
. The hotel was crushed except for the south tower,
where miraculously a lawyer was saved by a brave fireman and his
colleagues. He survived to see his daughter get married and even invited
that fireman to the wedding. There was also a lady with severe MS in
that hotel who survived and reunited with her mother after experiencing a
harrowing day.

Watching that documentary makes you appreciate
life. Today, I went swimming with my brother-in-law at one of my
favorite beaches, at the peninsula in Agia Pelagia. It was tough going
down the steep hills and all those stairs, but when I reached the sea,
it was all worth it.

Hiking back up after swimming for two hours
wasn't easier. But at one point, we stopped, enjoyed the view and I
looked over to my brother-in-law and said "we are lucky to enjoy this
day, nine years ago thousands of innocent people lost their lives in a
tragic event. I might have MS, but at least I am alive and enjoying

To all those victims and their families, I want to tell
you that we will never forget 9/11 and our thoughts and prayers are with