A year ago, we were different. There is no other way to approach the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. It is much as if our lives are cleaved in half -- before that day, and after. And since that day, we are changed.
In the past year, it has become more important for all of us to hug our family members and friends. We have a new wariness that was not part of our mental picture prior to that time. We think twice -- or more -- about doing things we used to take for granted, like taking a job in a tall building or getting on an airplane. We fly the flag a lot more often, sometimes for no other reason than that we have been touched anew at the shortness of life and the freedoms we share here by seeing a picture or a video clip of that terrible day.
We also have new definitions for the word "hero." We lost a lot of heroes on that day. Fire fighters. Selfless citizens. Military people. Simple airline passengers. And a photographer named Bill Biggart who continued to move forward, who felt that documenting this crime against America would be more important than personal safety.
We join you as you honor the heroes and fallen victims of September 11.
Chris & Amy Baggott,