As I mentioned last year, September 11 is a day of very mixed emotions in our home. Today is my son’s 17th birthday, and he has turned out to be quite a remarkable young man who we are very, very proud of.
Of course September 11 evokes other emotions. I’m sure everyone reading this remembers that horrible morning seven years ago. Sadly, I think people are forgetting that day, and all those people that died such tragic, horrible and pointless deaths. It’s difficult to wrap our minds around the magnitude of death and destruction. Forgetting is easy. Remembering is painful.
We have to remember.
I thought one way to visualize the sheer quantity of loss would be to look at a complete list of the victims. I couldn’t find a list in anything like a text file or spreadsheet. Most memorial sites have the lists broken into pages and you lose a little of the magnitude.
Below is a screen shot of a spreadsheet I made of the entire list of victims (shrunk significantly to fit this blogs display). Open this victims list in Excel and just scroll.
It is four columns wide and 754 rows long.
Spend just 5 seconds reading and thinking about each name.
That will take you over four hours.
Please, don’t ever forget.