It was 17 years ago today that the world changed. I remember the day so vividly. It was a Tuesday. The sky was blue and it was a beautiful sunny morning. I was working at a New Hampshire radio station and when the news broke, we all tried to remain calm and figure out what exactly was going on.

We were glued to the televisions in the newsroom. Just staring in disbelief as to what was happening. I remember holding hands with the office manager and we were both crying.

To this day, I can't bring myself to think of the horror those poor souls must have gone through on that Tuesday morning 17 years ago. Not just in New York City, but in Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania. For me, it's too painful. However, the 9/11 Memorial Museum is a wonderful reminder of the strength and resilience of the survivors, first responders and this country.

During a visit to New York City, the one place I needed to see was the 9/11 Memorial. What an emotional visit it was.

What struck me most was the respect visitors had for that sacred piece of land. Nobody spoke. It was as if you were taken to another dimension, reading the names of ALL who perished on 9/11 and from the earlier terror attack in 1993.

If you ever have an opportunity to visit New York City, do yourself a favor and go to the Memorial. You will leave with a new appreciation of life and this great land of ours.

9/11 Memorial