There used to be a process in the electronics manufacturing process, near the end of the assembly line, called "burn-in" in which sometimes devices were just powered-up for the first time, depending on the necessity of the initial process.
Human memory works like that, I think: a "burn-in" process in which memories are etched and can only be removed or ignored through some malfunction.
I know where I was fifteen years ago. It feels like a lifetime, tho. I was a younger man, twenty-one years old with all the worries of the single man working a seasonal job. My work had just knocked-off for the year weeks earlier and my time was all my own.
I recorded the CBS coverage on a VHS tape, hosted by then muck-a-muck Dan Rather, but soon after recorded something over that.
The formats may come and go, but the memories are forever. Wish now I had kept that tape, even changed the channel a time or two to the other networks. Fox and CNN were pre-empting other network programming all day. If you did not want to see, in other words, you really had to just look away.
But I was one of those people that wanted a reckoning, one just as bloody as the attack itself, and it seemed only a war of some kind would suffice. But in those early days, there were so many unfocused reactions, and as I remember on day one, we did not know who to blame.
I like what Eric Shawn said on teevee even as I write this: Remember; Stay Together.