It was exactly ten years ago today when the phone call came.
Like most of America that morning, I was sitting in front of my television, transfixed and horrified by the images playing out on the screen.
I could barely tear my eyes away from the smoke rising in the blue skies of New York City as I took the call from my son, Ryan.
A 20-year-old Marine corporal based on Hawaii, he had been roused from his barracks before dawn as the news of the attack spread. He wanted me to know he'd been called in for duty, and did not know when he'd be able to contact family again. Read more about My Child, My Home, My Country: Ten Years Later, A Marine Mom Speaks