I've been reading a book tonight, Never Forget: An Oral History of September 11, 2001. It was published in 2002 and it's pretty amazing. The authors interviewed dozens of people about their experiences that day -- first responders, mostly, and others who were in the vicinity of the WTC and the Pentagon, and the woman at Verizon who talked to Jeff Beamer on Flight 93, and so many others. It's fascinating reading but it's also very hard to read about what these people went through, the friends and family and coworkers they lost that day. It's hard, but I'm reading it anyway because "8 years" sounds like such a long time, but the feelings these stories evoke are still very close to the surface, even for someone like me who was thousands of miles from any of the sites.