I was only in 7th grade when it happened. My middle school is 25 miles from the largest air force base
in the country
Wright-Patterson? Yeah that would be a little frightening...
I was in 5th grade in lovely upstate New York when we heard news of it from the teachers. We pretty much did nothing all day but we also didn't have very many TVs there so we didn't know exactly what was going on. When I got home I caught up...but it was so sad just to think of all the horror that was going on only 3 hours south in NYC.
Then my dad got deployed to Afghanistan 6 years later, when I was a junior in high school. The toughest time of my life so far but just a great feeling when he came back.
Anyway I like the idea, it's only for the finals, which one of them lands on 9/11, and it's definitely not so much political as it is about remembering those who died. No doubt there will be some people who protest it, the ones that think 9/11 was an inside job or made up or something. Not to mention, the US Open always seemed to look different for the early part of the decade, whether it was court color or the fact that the year was on the back walls. It's nice to have some customization again because the court has looked the same for about 3 years now