I almost feel sorry for anyone whose birthday is Sept. 11. That date will forever live in the hearts and minds of Americans as the day we lost our innocence, the date we discovered how vulnerable we are, the moment we learned with unglaring certainty that evil is alive and well and living in Afghanistan.
As we approached the one-year anniversary of that tragic day, media all over the country began struggling with how to mark the day.
Do we reprint the graphic images that we've been haunted by over the past year? Do we update you on the war against terrorism? Do we wrap it all up in an editorial?
In the end, the Roundup decided to do what we strive to do best: represent life here at home, in the Rim country.
In this section, readers will find updates on the people we introduced you to one year ago ... folks who were touched in one way or another by the attacks on America.
You'll read the thoughts of Payson High School students about terrorism, and about how they feel Americans should carry on.
You'll discover what locals young and old alike think about their country, both in commentary and in poem.
And, you'll see the images drawn by our children, shocking proof that the lethal events of that day have left an indelible mark on the souls of even our youngest Americans.
In the end, we hope that you will commemorate this day in some way: by attending the public memorials; observing a moment of silence; going to church; or by saying a silent prayer for our country, and for the men and women whose unenviable mission is to protect our freedom.