It's inevitable that our brain retains these things. Thoughts and memories are what make us who we are. They not only affect us at that specific time and place, they affect us for the rest of our lives.
Tomorrow is the 9th anniversary of the Trade Center/Pentagon/plane crashes here in the USA. I've never been to NY and have never experienced the city before or after the crashes. So I'm going to post a link to another bloggy friend of mine who has been there (before and after). She has posted some wonderful pics of a trip to the Ground Zero Museum that you may like to see.
You'll find her awesomeness here.
All I want to say is... REMEMBER. Remember how we came together as a nation, as cities, towns, streets and neighbors to work through the disbelief and the grief. Let's continue to love one another, support one another and never look away from those who do wrong or plan evil on others!