I wasn't directly affected by the events of September 11, 2001. No one I know died or was even seriously inconvenienced by events that day. Yes, I spent much of the day at work watching events unfold 3 time zones away. I noticed the silence in the skies.
Today, five years later, I do feel the sadness of remembering the emotions and the sorrow of that day. I have a pull to music today. For some reason, the deceased members of the Beatles are pulling me today. Thank heaven for YouTube, so I am able to hear "Imagine" and "My Sweet Lord" today.