The big difference between remembering those lost in the horrific Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington DC, and the passenger-forced plane crash in Shanksville, Pennsylvania is that this year, on orders from President Obama, Seal team 6 killed 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden.
While we usually elaborate on the LGBT victims of the attacks such as Pop Luck Club/LA Founders Daniel Brandhorst, Ronald Gamboa, and their son David Reed Gamboa, who died when their United Flight 175 from Boston to Los Angeles flew into the Second Tower or gay soccer player and businessman Mark Bingham - who helped save the US Capitol by helping crash United Flight 93 (please visit Angelfire.com for the names of all LGBT victims and heroes of Sept. 11, 2001) - this year I'm hoping that you can meditate on the photos and use your own imagination about the horror of that day.
Visually, I underscore only one gay person - Father Mychal Judge, considered the first victim of the attacks - and a person who perished anonymously, representing all the people in the buildings and on the ground and their grief-stricken family and friends. Osama Bin Laden might be dead - but I still remember where I was when I saw the planes strike the towers; I still feel the anguish today. The terrorist might be dead but that horror, that terror - and the will and hope to overcome it - still lives on.
(Manhattan's two iconic markers before Sept. 11, 2001: The Statue of Liberty and the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center)