♦ September 10, 2012
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We will never forget.
As you go about the work of living, please take a moment to remember the heroic endeavors of many first responders who perished doing their best to save others. Remember the heroism of everyday Americans on Flight 93 who chose to die in order to save others lives.
This is who we are, this is what we do for each other in our great and glorious country, these United States
Thanks for this, Lynn. May they all Rest in Peace!
“…In a city where everyone is different, it can be difficult to understand that the attackers were motivated by those differences. Their war against us, at a primal level beneath ideology and faith, is an attack on people who are fundamentally and incomprehensibly different than they are. Islam is xenophobia written into scripture, a long chain of conquest, subjugation and cultural destruction by desert nomads who know how to drive a sharp bargain, but have never been anything more than the jackals sniffing around the ruins of greater civilizations. It is as natural for them to attack us as it is for us to wonder why we were attacked.
Americans hold the peculiar belief that life need not be a zero sum game. That we can learn from other people without turning them into our subjects. That we can make more of something instead of stealing from a finite amount that someone else has. That is the great creative power of American exceptionalism. It is a transcendent force that turned a land full of refugees into a world power brimming with technological wonders.”
That is from Sultan Knish’s post today.
More about this Memorial …
The monument, which features a 40 foot steel teardrop suspended within a large bronze-clad tower, is a memorial to the victims of 9/ll and the 1993 World Trade Center bombings. As noted in the message, it is indeed a gift from the Russian people. Information about the memorial published in a brochure available on the memorial website notes:
Time cures everything, but there are things we cannot and must not forget. Standing more than 100 feet tall, “To the Struggle Against World Terrorism” honors victims of 9/11 and the 1993 World Trade Center bombings and serves as a symbol of solidarity in the fight against world terrorism. Created by Russian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli, the memorial was a gift from the Russian people. Dedicated on September 11, 2006, it stands in direct view of the Statue of Liberty and the former World Trade Center
The memorial is located at The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor, New Jersey. A 2006 entry on the “Milestones” Page of The Peninsula at Bayonne Harbor website records the unveiling of the memorial:
On September 11, 2006, the 100-foot monument, “To the Struggle Against World Terrorism,” is unveiled at a dedication ceremony featuring former President Clinton, Governor Corzine, Senators Menendez and Lautenberg and other dignitaries. The monument was created and donated by artist Zurab Tsereteli and the people of Russia to memorialize the victims of the Sept. 11 and the 1993 World Trade Center attacks. The memorial is the centerpiece of Harbor View Park located on the northeast corner of The Peninsula.
The woman I sit next to at work was there that day. She esscaped the towers minutes before their collapse. We’ve been talking this morning about what she went through. I can’t imagine living with her memories, her pain, her survivor’s guilt.
Tell her we all still take this personally. We think of everyone who was hurt, maimed, or died in that attack. We will never forget any of them.
She said thank you. She also said it helps to know that all of America mourns on this day. It didn’t just happen to NY.
Did you catch Biden’s comment that today is “bittersweet?” What an odd word choice. Totally clueless.
This was a horrible morning 11 years ago. I was watching ESPN that morning while getting ready for work because my favorite baseball team was having a 1 in a hundred years type of year. I decided to flip to a local channel to check out traffic. That was right after the first tower was hit. I called my sister to see if she heard about it. After hanging up from her, I was starting to get ready for a shower when the second tower was hit. I could not believe was I had watched. The Pentagon was hit right before I left for work.
I got to work that day and because I worked in one of the tallest buildings in the city and we had government offices in the building, our office was closed. After I got back home that day, all I did was watch TV and cry.
One of my friends who lived on Long Island eventually got in contact. He wasn’t in the city that day, but said they lost around 10 husbands and fathers from his neighborhood that day.
We just can’t forget . . . if we don’t remember and stay vigilant, it could happen again.
We’re with you!
“New Black Panthers at voting booths again?”
I was getting ready to go teach that day. I had the TV on in my bedroom. I heard a broadcaster say, Oh no, so looked at the screen and saw the first plane hit one of the towers. I screamed at my husband to turn on the TV in the family room. I just stood there frozen and then a second plane hit the other tower. I watched as one of the twoers started to collapse, tears were running down my face. When I got to school, teachers were told by the principal before school not to turn on the TVs in the classroom. She did not want the children tro become terrified. It was a horrible day for America and for the victims, their familes and friends. God bless our country and the flag that proudly flies representing our freedoms and the men and women who fought and are fighting to keep America free.
God bless our birdies who are not afraid to stand up and speak their views towards an administration that is corrupt, full of cronism, and has an agenda to change America into a third world nation.
There is a three hour difference in Arizona from NewYork. My daughter called, said turn on the TV. I sat all day on my coffee table, not on the couch, watching in horror, not understanding anything that happened. The visual of that second plane hitting the Tower was etched in my mind. Hearing later about what happened on Flight 93 was stunning.
I don’t think about 9/11 every day anymore. But, when I fly somewhere and have to go through security, I curse the whole Arab world because then I remember why and the mind visual returns.
Once my husband and I caught a flight from Las Vegas back to Palm Springs. Three Arab men got on the plane and they sat in different places on the plane. The one sitting in an aisle seat was across from me and he immediately pulled out his cell phone and started talking in an arabic language. I became almost hysterical and then a fourth Arab man got on the plane just before the door closed. I kept my eye on that person across from me the whole trip to Palm Springs. When the plane landed safely, I told my husband I thought we would all die before landing.
Well as we were all walking from the plane, the Arab man that sat across from me said,”Here let me take that handbag for you, it looks heavy.” He carried it into the airport for me. The Arab men, Gary and I all found out our suitcases were not on the flight and would arrive the next morning. While standing at the claims desk, one of the men said to another, “Man, I didn’t think you were going to make the flight.” I found out from one of the men that they kept calling the one man that was running late and telling him he was going to miss the flight. The claims desk man said that the four men were local business men from Palm Springs and they flew from the airport there on a regular basis. In fact, that they were really nice people who were well known in Palm Springs. I felt like a fool, but 9/11 had happened a few years before and I just became paranoid about foreign looking people on planes and in airports. I know it is not right to judge people like that, but I did.
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