September 11 is one of those days that evokes remembrances of where we were, and what we were doing, when we learned about the horrific events that were unfolding. For some, the attacks on our nation involved the tragic loss of a loved one. For all, the attacks inflicted a sense of anguish – yet resolve – through the common bonds we share as Americans.

Just as each of us has a unique story to tell about that day 13 years ago, we all memorialize that day each year according to our own experiences, thoughts and feelings. There is no better use of this space on this day than to acknowledge the stories that we bring to this day’s remembrances – our unique stories as individuals and our national story that we share as patriots.

Wherever you find yourself today, it is quite possible that a discussion may unfold about where you were on this day in 2001. That would be a good thing – because to remember is to respect, and this day deserves the most sincere forms of both actions.

Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE
NACDS President and CEO
This column was published in today`s edition of the CEO Issue Update newsletter for NACDS Chain members