Sixteen years ago, at 0837, I was a miniature version of my smart-ass self heading into math class. I hated math, but I never knew it would be the most memorable math class ever.

Sixteen years ago, if you had told me that 16 years from now at 0837, you’re going to be standing on the metro platform of Pentagon station, I’d have given you the Dr. Evil stare followed by “Riiiiiight.” But alas, 16 years later, and here I am at 0837, minutes before the first tower was hit and an hour before the Pentagon was hit, standing at the Pentagon metro platform.

Regardless of your take on the following wars and political actions, nothing makes you care less about them than seeing family members gathering at the Pentagon for a memorial ceremony. You can hate the way our country is now, but you should never forget the snowflake that started this avalanche.

—J. Smith, Crestview