We'll Always Remember Where We Were

A man pays his respects as he looks into ground zero at the World Trade Center site,11 September 2007, in New York, on the day of the sixth anniversary of the 11 September 2001 attacks. America commemorated six years since the September 11 attacks Tuesday with solemn ceremonies but under the specter of Osama bin Laden, who used the anniversary to praise the Al-Qaeda hijackers. AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith.

It's a cloudy rainy day in New York. We've been watching the memorial service for the Sept. 11 victims. The reading of the names, the still bereft family members filing down to the pit to pay their respects. They carry pictures, they carry flowers, they carry signs which say "We miss you," "We love you." Some people pray. Some cry.

The wounds are still fresh, pain etched in the faces of family and friends. Loved ones embrace. Is it six years already? Why does it seem like six months or six weeks? Construction has begun on the Freedom Tower, the building that will stand near where the World Trade Center used to be. Life is grudgingly moving on, yet the horror of Sept. 11 has been burned into our psyches. We'll always remember where we were that day. And we'll remember the bravery and courage of both ordinary citizens and the police and firefighters.

You'd think this day would get easier. It hasn't yet.

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