Friday marks fourteen years since one of the most tragic and devastating events in US history.
The 9/11 terror attacks claimed thousands of lives and devastated lower Manhattan and the Pentagon.
The destruction is no longer visible, repairs have been made, new buildings and memorials have been constructed, but the pain of that awful day continues to linger. America's psyche has never quite recovered from the shock and horror of that day.
Indeed, 9/11 changed the world forever. In many ways, America's overall response only made things worse.
But if there is anything positive to be taken from the awful events of that day, it's the hope and solidarity that brought people together in its aftermath.
These sentiments have often felt absent in the years that followed.
The War on Terror, the Great Recession and the polarized nature of American politics, among other things, have made it difficult for many to feel optimistic about this country and its future.
But, in spite of all we disagree on, one day a year, we are once again unified as we commemorate the events of 9/11, the lives of the victims and the bravery of the first responders.
This alone is reason to hope. It reminds us we all share a common humanity -- a basic decency that drove the heroes of 9/11 to rush toward ground zero to aid and rescue complete strangers.
If these words have failed to lift your spirits, here are eight quotes about 9/11 that will fill you with hope.