On Sept. 11, 2001, I was a high school senior sitting in my shop class, having just completed basic training for the Army. The world as I knew it was perfect.

Then I was serving in the Army Reserves. Although it was only one weekend a month, when the president called out to his military, we all responded — Reserves, National Guard and active duty. We all rose equally and said, “This we’ll defend.”

Now I work helping people join the military service as an Army civilian. I look at the skyline of New York City and I remember it how it was before this horrific event. Better that I’m reminded of the lives that were stolen and the price we as Americans paid to protect our liberties.

Moore works for Military Entrance Processing Command.