A Pictorial Remembrance 9/11

September 11, 2001.

It’s hard to believe 18 years have passed since that fateful day.

All of us who were old enough to recognize the impact of that day, remember.

Today we share a pictorial remembrance with photo credit to AP, CBSNews, Flicker.

We remember exactly where we were when we heard the news and watched the replays as the second aircraft flew into the South Tower of the World Trade Center .

We remember exactly where we were when we heard the news and watched the replays as the second aircraft flew into the South Tower of the World Trade Center .

We remember watching as the smoke billowed from the Pentagon.

We remember watching as the smoke billowed from the Pentagon.

We remember the incredible sacrifice of the heroic passengers who took Flight 93 down rather than allow it to reach its intended target in Washington, DC.

We remember the incredible sacrifice of the heroic passengers who took Flight 93 down rather than allow it to reach its intended target in Washington, DC.

We remember the hundreds of selfless first responders who lost their lives and countless more that risked their own health and safety to find and save our fellow citizens.

We remember the hundreds of selfless first responders who lost their lives and countless more that risked their own health and safety to find and save our fellow citizens.

We remember the thousands of victims and the thousands more family, friends, neighbors and co-workers who suddenly and tragically experienced significant losses in their lives.

We remember the thousands of victims and the thousands more family, friends, neighbors and co-workers who suddenly and tragically experienced significant losses in their lives.

We need to remember, too, all those still suffering from life-altering physical and mental injuries and illnesses to this day.

We need to remember, too, all those still suffering from life-altering physical and mental injuries and illnesses to this day.

We need to remember, if you see something – say something.

We need to remember, if you see something – say something.

We need to remember how we were galvanized as a nation that day and celebrated our shared gifts of freedom and unity – gifts we still share today. 9/11 is a day for remembrance.

We need to remember how we were galvanized as a nation that day and celebrated our shared gifts of freedom and unity – gifts we still share today. 9/11 is a day for remembrance.

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James Benson, Chief Communications Officer

James Benson is a career public relations executive with over 38 years’ experience communicating with diverse audiences in a wide variety of venues. A retired Air Force officer, he spent the latter half of his Air Force career as a public affairs officer enjoying a series of one-of-a-kind positions with equally unique communication challenges. From arranging press conferences, to producing news and training videos, to explaining research, development and contracting issues to the media, he enjoyed tuning in to each audience to ensure the message was received and understood. As the marketing director of a mid-sized hospital, Mr. Benson directed the advertising and promotion of membership and referral programs and community health fairs, conducted outreach efforts to rural health care clinics and community education programs, created a trade show display and produced and hosted a radio health program. At the Department of Veterans Affairs, Mr. Benson served as a senior public affairs executive responding to media requests, preparing senior officials and subject matter experts for media interviews, hosting a magazine-style television program with benefit information for Veterans and providing emcee support for numerous department and public ceremonies and special events. As an adjunct professor, Mr. Benson has taught classes in communications for the past 10 years. Currently, Mr. Benson is providing strategic communications, media relations and marketing support to B & G Educational Innovations, LLC, makers of ReaLifeSim clinical simulation training products