The pain and the fallout continues even 15 years later.

I can't think of 9-11 and not have tears come to my ears and chills run up my spine. As we approach the 15th anniversary, I honestly don't imagine my response to the tragedy of that day will ever ease. To that end, I also believe we should never forget the awfulness of the aftermath from that horrific day.

As you take time to remember all that was lost in our country that day -- from those on the planes, at the Pentagon, in the field in Shanksville, PA, and at the Twin Towers in New York City --  never forget that we still are seeing the effects of September 11, 2001

The FDNY just reported that lives are still being lost as the 15th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks approaches. In a release on the Fire Department of New York website, they've added 17 names to the list of firefighters who lost their lives as a result of 9-11. They were members that died recently from illness connected to the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero that followed the attacks.

Commissioner of the New York City Fire Department, Daniel Nigro, had this to say:

The number of those the FDNY has lost to the terrorist act of September 11th continues to grow year after year; from 343 brave members that tragic day, to now 127 members who bravely battled illnesses directly related to their selfless work. Remembering these true heroes, and never forgetting their selfless sacrifice, is one of the FDNY’s most important traditions.

The names are on the FDNY World Trade Center Memorial Wall at Fire Department of New York Headquarters in Brooklyn.