This Saturday marks 20 years since the September 11, 2001 attacks happened and while I still choke up when I think about the events of that day,  I feel a different sadness now that I'm a mom. A deeper sadness.

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I can't help but think about all the children who lost their parents, an aching that I feel deep in my soul that wasn't as strong before I had a child of my own. How difficult this day must be for them to so publicly relive year after year. I also can't even wrap my head about what must have been going through the minds of the victims when they knew that there was no way they would ever be returning to their babies and that their kids would grow up without them.

On September 11, 2014, the Hawk Morning Show had the honor of speaking with an amazingly brave woman named Florence Engorian. Engorian not only survived the attack on the South Tower on September 11, 2001, but she was five-months pregnant when the towers fell. This is her story.

If you're looking for a book about September 11 that will give you an idea of what it must have been like to see the carnage first-hand, Damon DiMarco's book Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11 is the perfect book for you.

 

LOOK: 100 years of American military history

LOOK: What 25 Historic Battlefields Look Like Today

The following is an examination of what became of the sites where America waged its most important and often most brutal campaigns of war. Using a variety of sources, Stacker selected 25 historically significant battlefields in American history. For each one, Stacker investigated what happened there when the battles raged as well as what became of those hallowed grounds when the fighting stopped.

These are the battlefields that defined the United States military’s journey from upstart Colonial rebels to an invincible global war machine.

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