Everyone in the US remembers where they were on the morning of 4 years, 364 days ago: September 11, 2001.
I remember my wife Christy (who was my fiance at the time) calling me at work and asking "What's going on?" I remember telling her we were under attack. Later, my daughters called - each of them concerned that I would be re-activated for military service due to my previous experience in security.
The calls had things in common. Chief among them was the fear and concern in the voices of my loved ones.
All Americans were affected in one way or another that day. And everything changed that day - whether we want to believe that or not. Watching documentaries the past few weeks and reading blogs and online services has shown my experiences, while unsettling to me personally, pale in comparison to so many others.
A lot of organizations are marking the anniversary today and tomorrow. Some have been holding ceremonies all week. Some have continued since the event itself. Some have completed their mission and closed.
My friend Frank La Vigne is a survivor of the 11 Sep 2001 terrorist attack on the WTC.
Ever the web journalist and blogger, Frank documented his experiences of The Night Before, 9 - 11 - 2001, and his return to his apartment in lower Manhattan three weeks later at his personal website: FranksWorld.com.
I admire Frank for lots of reasons: He's a good friend, an outstanding technologist, an MVP, and a developer community champion for mobile computing and tablet PCs.
Frank has a passion for the developer community. And he adopted Richmond, VA as his home town for a while. While here, Frank became involved in the developer community. "Involved" is a loaded term for a person like Frank: it means "passionately revolutionized"!
He asked me one favor before his recent move to northern Virginia: "Andy, please don't let the developer community in Richmond die." This was what worried him about leaving - and it speaks volumes about his commitment to the Richmond developer community and user groups.
Frank's transparency is one of his stengths. I commend him for it and for his willingness to share everything he knows with the developer community - be it technology or his personal experiences.
If, like me, you find yourself thinking about heroes - those who survived along with those who did not - today and tomorrow, think about Frank.