September 11: Remembering

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On September 11, 2001 America was changed forever. It was not just an attack on American soil but a tragic, useless loss of life and a day that will live forever in our hearts and in history. It is one of those days when you will always remember where you were when it happened. Each year on September 11 this Country stops to remember what happened on that terrible day in 2001.

At Pearl Harbor there were 2896; at the World Trade Center the deaths were estimated to be 3,000. Different sources provide different totals but all near 3,000. More deaths on American soil than there was during a declared war. This, the World Trade Center bombing, was the Pearl Harbor of our generation. We had heard about Pearl Harbor from our parents and grandparents but couldn't understand the true impact because we didn't live through it. Now, we know the pain and impact because we have lived through it. Ten years have passed already but our minds and hearts see this terrible tragedy as yesterday.

I think this is a good place to add a note I was sent on Facebook:

Did you weep for the children who lost their dear loved ones, And pray for the ones who don't know? Did you rejoice for the people who walked from the rubble, And sob for the ones left below? Did you burst out in pride for the red, white and blue, And the heroes who died doin' what they do? Did you look up to heaven for some kind of answer, And look at yourself and ask what really matters?

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The horror of this day continues in the loss of life and the effects on so many people. People who were working through their ordinary day and suddenly found themselves in the middle of a firestorm with their friends and coworkers dying around them. The terror of the bombings followed by the attempts to escape the collapsing buildings. Everyone from the workers in the buildings to the Police Department, Fire Department and other rescue companies fought with one goal in mind...to try to save as many lives as they could. The survivors formed a bond that no one else will ever understand. The bombings were actually just the beginning. They were followed by the horror and heart breaking task of trying to find survivors in the after math. Unless you were there you can never realize the horror the rescue workers faced each day.

Bodies and body parts were strewn throughout the city. Along with that was the horrible smell and settling dust. Fear was ever present because of the unexpectedness of this attack. Security, a new thing to New Yorkers, was everywhere. Armed National Guard appeared at airports, train stations, and other vital spots throughout the City. It was not normal for New Yorkers to see soldiers with guns in the subway or walking around the airport. It was not normal for the Guards themselves to be patrolling in New York City looking for terrorists around every corner. In time, the fear began to subside. New York began to return to its normal lifestyle and the fear began to abate but never totally go away. The horror and pain was ever present but it became more of a dim memory, that is until today the tenth anniversary. Now we are reminded again of what happened then and what could happen now.

So what happens now? Where do we go from here? Ten years have passed but have we changed at all? Yes, they're building a new, safer building and beautiful memorial at the Trade Center site, now known as One World Trade Center. This new building is 102 stories high and exceeds building and fire code requirements. Our initial fear of tall buildings seems to have been overcome.

We are still Democrats and Republicans fighting against each other to gain control of our country instead of working together for the good of our country. The only way we can face the rest of the world as one nation is to actually become one nation. We showed the world on 9/11 that we are a caring nation and will always work together in time of need. Now it is time to show the world we can work together at any time, not just when there is a tragedy or major catastrophe. We need to support all of the survivors of the World Trade Center bombing and ensure that all of their heal needs are met. We need to work together to ensure our freedoms right here at home not just for some special groups but for all Americans and bring dignity and pride back to America and Americans. We need to see the return of the "Made in America" mark on goods we buy and sell. (There is a site that lists made in America products in its directory: http://www.americansworking.com/) We need to restore our pride in ourselves and our country before it's too late.

We need to remember that we trust in God and work together. We need to remember 9/11 and its victims and go forward as the great nation we once were.

World Trade Center: Rebuilding (Photos)

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One World Trade Center, December 2011A reflecting poolNames around one of the reflecting pools
One World Trade Center, December 2011
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Names around one of the reflecting pools | Source

A short poem about America

'Tis our country through and through
The land that's free for me and you
A place to show our freedom here
To live together without fear

We sing God Bless American, land that I love
Its time to pray to ask that God look down from above
To give us back our loyalty, our nation and devotion
To love this land we live in from ocean through to ocean.

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One World Trade Center - June 12, 2013

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Jacqui Denu 5 years ago

Mary ,how wonderful a story..I get up every morning bring my cof. in here and go to Rick's fb wall..The very 1 st thing in the morning and my last at night..I have to make sure he is ok,every moment I am wondering if he has been harmed..I think of all those who do as I do making sure a loved one is still here ..He will be home soon ,but will go back in the spring.

I did this with out fb when my father was in Vietnam.Looking to the 6 pm news cast every night.My prayer is that my Great grand-children or no others will have to feel this fear in the future..

Thank you


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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York Author

We pray for all of our soldiers both here and abroad as well, and remember we must always be ready for anything and care for the ones we love.


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

9-11 was and will always be a horrific tragedy. I recently heard that another lost soul was identified, but the family requested the name not be released. This never should have happened. Wonderful tribute Tills.


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

I will remember sadly this day because I was teaching in school -in Singapore-when this sudden anxious excitement broke out. This is a wonderful tribute!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

We can only pray Linda that it never happens again. The Boston Marathon bombing was a tragic reminder we can never let our guard down.

It truly is a day "that will live in infamy" Michelle. Thanks for your lovely comment.


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thelyricwriter 3 years ago from West Virginia

Til, voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, and shared on FB. Glad you had this article on your profile page. I was 18 when this happened and I remember I was loading a train when 9-11 occurred. It was such a terrible event and time in American history. It brought the nation closer together though and I believe it opened our eyes. It's still not worth all of those that we lost, but it's a start. I can't believe that it's already been 12 years, don't feel like that long ago. Best wishes always Til


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York Author

Thanks for the thoughtful comment Lyricwriter. Unfortunately it seems the longer we live the more heartache we witness but nothing will ever compare to this tragedy. We can only pray there is never anything like this again. The Boston Marathon Bombing brought it all home again and renewed prayers and hopefully security.

Blessings my friend.


Sanxuary 3 years ago

No one I talk to believes the official story. Then again after spending close to 3 trillion and going in debt we taught those guys a lesson. We invaded a country that had nothing to do with it and hundreds of soldiers playing patsy to a bunch of cowards who got rich on their deaths, really taught them not to mess with America. I am still wondering if we really won anything.

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