All the comments conveyed the idea that regardless of how it directly affected them, Sept. 11 touched them deeply. As one young commentator who celebrated his 11th birthday on the same day five years ago wrote, “so even though it’s my day to celebrate, I will never forget September 11th, 2001.” To read all the comments in their entirety or contribute your own please go to our forum at www. whittierdailynews.com. Editor’s note: You left comments on our “Remembering 9/11” forum that ranged from uplifting to poignant. While some touched on the United States’ involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, others revealed how different an ordinary birthday could be when it fell on that day. One commentator wrote “September 11th changed that day, not just for me but for the world. No longer unremarkable, it became a defining moment in history.” Several said they have family members in the military on active duty, and one reader “across the pond” left a brief note, writing that “my heart goes out to all.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!