The lights of the 9/11 memorial seen from my vantage point in Queens. Not the classic, picturesque view of downtown, but our view nonetheless. Thinking tonight of all the American lives lost and the great impact on NYC, both 19 years ago, and also this year. Very different situations, both of which deserve memorial and both of which are best combatted with perseverance and rebirth. As many Americans continue to struggle, we must strive to make our nation ever more fair, especially for marginalized citizens, and ever more perfect a union.