Americans were confronted with terrible images on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. By day's end, families, friends and neighbors had come together as one nation united in grief.
The following day will be etched in my memory forever. I was driving and came to an intersection where all the cars had stopped. I observed several firefighters dressed in full gear, each holding a black boot. They went car to car collecting donations for the families of first responders who had died in the attacks. Many tears were shed at that intersection.
A firefighter's boot will always remind me of the heroes and brave innocents who lost their lives on that terrible day.