On this day, each year since September 11, 2001, people across the nation remember the day that we became more aware of terrorism and how it has changed the face of the country economically, in transportation security, and in terms of tolerance for cultural diversity.

I remember exactly what I was doing at the time that I got the news, and I remember thinking, "Jared's (my brother) birthday celebration is going to be overshadowed by the sadness and panic felt all over the country." [Happy 32nd, Jared!]  But in the days and weeks following, stories began to emerge from people who were supposed to have been near the location of the World Trade Centers or Pentagon but weren't for various reasons.  So, today, I'd like to share a couple of these stories with you:


Stillman College graduate Baryl Miller shares the story of how her best friend should have been at the Twin Towers that morning but was uncharacteristically late.

Tuscaloosa native Tavaris Long  shares his personal story of a close encounter:



Feel free to share your "I was almost there" moments in the comments.