Every year on September 11th, it is nearly impossible to look at the visual date on a calendar and not think of the events that took place on that tragic day back in 2001. Regardless of the conspiracy theories, or any reasoning behind why such a tragedy took place - it was a cowardly attack on our country and our freedom, and innocent lives were lost.

It's still hard to believe it's been 11 years since the attacks, and I honestly think that no matter how many years pass, the impact of this event will always make me "feel like it was just yesterday." What's more, is that an attack that was meant to bring America and it's people down, only made us come together as a country, stronger than ever, to lift our freedom higher than ever, for the ENTIRE world to see.

We did it by rebuilding - not only our infrastructure, but the way we see and treat one another. The terrorist attacks on 9/11 reminded us that while we were divided on so many issues as a nation, there were others in this world that wanted to tear us down as a whole. We rebuilt as a team, and while the ones responsible for the cowardly attacks ran, they couldn't hide for long.

Even though Osama bin Laden - founder of al-Qaeda, the jihadist organization responsible for the September 11 attacks - was shot and killed on May 2, 2011 by members of our Navy SEAL team, we will never get back the innocent lives that were lost on that horrible day in 2001, and in the 11 years since then.

Our way of life has been changed forever. And we will never forget.

We remember through memorials. Not just the one that was built at Ground Zero, but memorials all over the country. Which is why we want to you to remember 9/11 with us - with roses at the September 11 Memorial at Parc Sans Souci in Downtown Lafayette.

Tomorrow morning around 7 a.m., Chris Reed and the Hot Crew will head down to Downtown Lafayette's September 11 Memorial, and lay down a single rose. We encourage you to do the same at some point throughout the day tomorrow - whether it's on your way to school or work, during your lunch break, or as your day is winding down. Anything is better than nothing, so if you can find the free time, bring a rose (or any flower) and lay it near the 9/11 memorial as we remember those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, and in the 11 years since.

Even if you don't have a rose to bring, a moment of silence in front of this powerful memorial will do just fine, as we remember the victims and the heroes of 9/11.