Remember.

There are dates and events in everyone's lives that are pivotal moments; moments that turn everything on its side and upside down; moments which change the way we view the world and everything within. August 31, 1997 was one such date for me. While the world that day was morning the loss of Princess Diana, I had only just arrived in a small hospital in Canada at the end of a 750 mile road trip—a few hours too late. My grandmother had died a few short hours before as my family and I were racing to get there in time for my mother to say her goodbyes. Up until that point in time, I hadn't personally been affected by death, but at that moment when we walked into the hospital and were told we were too late everything simply…shifted. June 28, 1914 could be considered another such moment in time. If you're a history buff, you'll know this was the day when Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, was assassinated—triggering the events that led to the first World War. It involved all the world's great powers and more than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, were mobilized. More than nine million combatants were killed, largely because of great technological advances in firepower. This war was something no one had seen before; changing for all time the way conflicts and wars were waged. September 1, 1939—another date linked directly with the one above—was the day Poland was invaded by Germany, which triggered the events that would become known as World War II. By the time it ended in 1945, WWII was the deadliest conflict in human history, with more than 100 million military personnel mobilized. In a state of "total war," the major participants placed their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities at the service of the war effort, erasing the distinction between civilian and military resources. Marked by significant events involving the mass death of civilians, including the Holocaust and the only use of nuclear weapons in warfare, the war resulted in 50 million to over 70 million fatalities. My father was only sixth months old when the war started. But now, when he talks about his memories of those events, to hear his stories of growing up in countries torn apart by war—and the aftermath of war—to see war from the eyes of a child is both awe-inspiring and terrifying. Those memories forever changed the way he viewed the world. In more recent history, September 11, 2001—and the upcoming 10 year anniversary—is a date that will stay with all of us as a moment that changed the way we viewed the world. I'm sure all of us would be able to tell you where we were and what we were doing when we first heard the news about what was happening in New York City. I, for one, was in our Long Island, NY, office. It was a Tuesday morning and a quiet one at that—at least at the beginning. My mother called me with the news and everything simply…shifted. The staff was allowed to go home to be with our families and watch as the events of the day continued to unfold. On that day 10 years ago, many people in our industry were attending PRINT '01 in Chicago. In observance of the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001, and to honor the memory of those who perished on that day, GRAPH EXPO will conduct a remembrance ceremony in the Grand Concourse of McCormick Place on Sunday, September 11, 2011. This ceremony will take place in unison with a national moment of silence (at 1:00 pm EST) as prescribed by U.S. federal government. What does that date—September 11, 2001—mean to you? Share your thoughts and your comments as we remember yet one more date that changed our worldview and will forever mark a place on our calendars.

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