Remembering the Events of 9/11

The Day the Earth Stood Still

As September 11 rolls around again, it is only right and good that we remember the events that occurred on that fateful day. We were attacked. It doesn’t matter what fancy words we use to hide this fact, the simple truth is…..we were violently and viciously attacked. I don’t care if those responsible had uniforms on, were members of a registered army or if they were on a holy mission. They attacked America and killed thousands of innocent people. To me, that makes them the bad guys.

It has been 9 years since that day, and the pictures and the stories of the people and the loss still move me. The earth stood still that morning while we watched in horror. 9/11 will forever be one of those days that you will remember for the rest of your life.

The images from that day are burned into our brains. It is only natural then that so much attention was focused on the anger and justice. But what happened to the people was absolutely amazing.

The absolute devastation we all felt that day merged into the greatest unity this country has seen in decades. We were one people, abused and violated yet determined to unite and heal from this atrocity.

As I watch these videos and reflect upon the images of that day, those feelings come back to me. I regret that I have allowed the unity I felt and the patriotism I embraced during those days to fade.

As it is with many larger than life events, stories abound, some heartwarming, many very sad, and others…. just plain ridiculous. Conspiracy theories about our own government behind the attack are just too fanciful to even listen too.

 One look at the president’s face that day, tells the story, as he sat in front of a group of children and had to guard his expression from scaring the kids. You see his mild amusement with the children change into an ashen, stoic, sort of terrified expression as he is told the truth. Can you imagine his discomfort having to sit there and look like nothing happened while emergency arrangements for his safety and his departure are quickly being arranged?

In memory of that day I would like to use this anniversary to remember and reflect upon the unity that the whole country embraced after the attack.  Those feelings are so far removed from the people of this nation today, but we are still those same people.  We must wonder… where is the love?  Where is the love for our fellow man, for our principles, and for our country?

Can it be that partisan politics can undermine the unity of the American people? Don’t we all truly want the best for our country?  I know I don’t have all the answers but I do know that 9 years ago the citizens of this country cared about each other and it just seems to me that the feeling of caring has all but disappeared.  What are we now showing the rest of the world – that we can’t even have a civil dialogue or disagree anymore?

As the remembrances come pouring out over the upcoming anniversary, let us remember.  Sure, we must not forget the attack and the horror of it all, but let us focus on the beacon of freedom that America truly is.   Let us once again embrace the unity of September 12. It seems these days that we find partisanship and politics in everything.  One cannot have a thought or do anything that isn’t regarded as partisan or biased.  With such divisiveness in our country, now is the perfect time for us to remember the emotions of that day.

We were the people that we always wanted to be.

Does it really take a national tragedy for us to believe in America again?

This Saturday, undoubtedly, there will be remembrances across the country.  I urge all of you to join me in making this the day that we restore the feelings of unity and pride in this country.  The nation turned to God for answers and solace.  And as our wounds slowly healed, we put those feelings away.  We forgot the lessons we learned. We forgot that united, America is the greatest nation in the world.

So let us once again, remember the history of this day.  Remember the pain, the sadness and even the anger and then use all of it to renew our spirit of United We Stand and Divided We Fall. See the truth and accept that although we appear broken and divided and that times are hard for so many people, that if we stand together, America is still the land of the free.  Together, we will continue to keep America the shining city on a hill.

For me, so many things come to mind as I think about 9/11. Our economy could have collapsed that day, but it didn’t.  Gas prices could have soared that day, but they didn’t. The stock market could have crashed that day, but it didn’t.  Conditions were right for this attack to have devastated this country, both financially and emotionally.  But none of that happened.  It is what the bad guys wanted to happen.  It is what they hoped would happen.  But the bad guys didn’t count on the American people joining together in support of freedom.

We must never forget the terrible events of that day, just as we must never forget the efforts in all of the major conflicts that we have been involved in. The British statesman, Edmund Burke (1729 – 1797) once said, “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.”

To me, that means that if we do not want these horrible things to happen to us again, we must understand the evil behind such acts. Who can understand such evil? To kill so indiscriminately and then to celebrate in the streets as though you have just done a wonderful thing, I surely don’t understand it at all.

The bad guys call it a holy war.  What kind of holiness sanctions killing like that?  Then turns around and calls itself the religion of peace.  It doesn’t make sense but evil rarely does.  For us to bury our heads in the sand and pretend that we are all nicey-nicey now with the Muslim world, is just downright ignorant.

There are solutions.  We have to find them.  But you can’t solve a problem by ignoring it.  You can’t work on solutions until you realize that there is a problem.  We cannot sit back and hope that everything will be fine just because we want it to be.  We have enemies.  Our enemies are also the enemies of freedom.  If there is one thing about America that towers above all else, is the love of freedom.  It is not only what we stand for, but what we fight for, and even die for.

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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

A well written and well presented reminder, Joni. The divide in this country is a great one but also not an equally divided one...especially on this issue. Unfortunately this country is under attack again by a far more insidious enemy bent on destroying us on our own terms and dependency; bent on bankrupting this country to the point of bringing it to it's knees and enslaving it financially to the likes of countries like China. As a country, in light of 9/11, we need to recognize this danger and address it as 'one' country. If not, we are in deep trouble as a nation. WB


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Michael Adams1959 6 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

excellent hub, love the pictures and very well written


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee

voted up and beautiful! very well written and presented. You're right on all the way. I understand the pastor has decided to cancel the burning of the Qurans, that certainly shows our tolerance to Islam; now let the Imam select an alternate site for the mosque at the request of our president or a lot of people are going to believe that the muslims succeeded in placing a man in the White House...


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singlmomat52 6 years ago

I watched a special last night on the history channel on this very sad attack on the people of this great country. Your Hub is breath takingly beautiful! I remember exactly where I was when it became breaking news. This country pulled together for the first time in many years, that seems to have fell off in the past few years, very sad. Most assuredly a day of remembrance! Thank you for sharing!!


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FGual 6 years ago from USA

Thank you for this painful reminder of a horrible day, It is so difficult to watch every year, but we must.

I cannot believe that conceded condescending Imam is bulldozing us into letting them build a mosque there, and mayor Bloomberg is going along with it.


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Rod Marsden 6 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia

Heart felt stuff Joni.

There is a lot about 9/11 we won't know for decades. The cloud of dust and debris coming from the Twin Towers was carcinogenic. A lot of office furniture is okay if its in one piece but reduced to powder that gets into people's lungs, well, the effect can be various cancers down the road. This is an unfortunate fact.

If the pastor has decided not to go ahead with the burning of the Koran then I am glad. Americans must be better than that. Well, at any rate I want Americans to be better than that for the peace of the world.

Not to be forgotten there were Muslims who were innocent of wrong doing and just working in various offices of the Twin Towers when the planes hit. They were also killed.

I was a night worker when it happened and so saw it on television at home when I was getting ready to go to work.

No mosque should be built at ground zero New York. So what should happen to the land? Maybe a fist full of the best ideas should be put on a referendum and the people of New York vote on the idea they like best. It would be democratic if nothing else.


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

Hello Wayne,

Thank you for reading and for your comments. There is a great division in this country and I know as well as you that this division is not all about economics. Trust in Washington is at an all time low because of the impression that Washington is only looking out for Washington. People are hurting and must now look out for themselves. Businesses are hurting and they too, are looking out for themselves. Our leaders aren’t leading us. Not where we want to go anyway. We are in trouble and the government, no matter what they say, cannot fix this without the trust of the people.

Michael,

Thank you. I appreciate the compliments and the comment.

Samsons1,

Thank you. Yes, I heard the pastor decided not to burn the Quran. But he got his 15 minutes of fame didn’t he? I also heard the Imam say that trouble would ensue if the mosque isn’t built. I find it hard to believe that the him and other Imams really believed that moving the site was the best thing to do , that they could not convince their followers of the wisdom in moving. It is all in the presentation to the people. Thank you for stopping by and for your comments.


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

Singlemom,

Thank you so much for your nice remarks. Did you view the picture presentation? Those images are truly something. In that presentation there is a picture of a cop saluting with tears in his eyes….it just touches me so much. You are so right, Americans are great people and I don’t know why we can’t be those people all of the time.

FGual,

We must remember and never forget. Yes the Imam is very unbending. He has the capability to change the opinions of the Muslim world and move the mosque location without the Muslims getting offended, but he chooses to not to do anything about it. He wants what he wants – no matter what the American people want. It shows me that the mosque is not intended to further a better relationship with the American people at all, as he claims. One doesn’t work on bettering relationships by insults. Period. Thank you very much for reading and for your comments.

Rod,

Thank you for stopping by and writing your comments. Yes, the total effects of that day are still being realized and will probably continue to do so for years to come. As I have written in the other comments above and on the hub I wrote about the mosque, it isn’t a good idea and the whole thing will eventually backfire.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Joni,

It certainly is a day we must not forget. After nine years I wonder if it matters to most Americans. It seems we've become insensitive at times. I'm glad you sent a reminder. May we heed it.


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

May we heed it indeed. Welcome lifegate. Thank you for stopping by and for leaving a comment.


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

I'm still stunned and astounded nine years later--

great post!


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

My thoughts are with America today (9/11) and I'm hoping all will be peaceful there. Also, for those who lost family and friends, I pray their hearts continue to heal and they have renewed Strength to cope with the loss of their dear ones.

Thanks for writing this.


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Specialk3749 6 years ago from Michigan

Thank you for helping us all to remember. Even though it was a sad time, there were lessons that we all learned through that rough time. You did a great job with all the pictures and videos, I really enjoyed seeing them again.


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

Carolina muscle,

Me too, I am right there with you. Thanks!

Lady E,

Thank you, your warm wishes and prayers are certainly appreciated on this day.

Specialk3749,

Thank you kindly for your compliments. It was a very sad time yet it remains a sacred remembrance for us. Those lessons need to be remembered. America needs that unity, now more than ever.


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Loves To Read 6 years ago

A very heart wrenching topic Joni but one that will never be forgotten I will never understand how people can profess to the fact that they love and serve some kind of deity who would ask this atrocity be done to innocent people. Thank you for sharing

Peace and Blessings


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

I don't either, Loves To Read. And then to celebrate it in the streets is just beyond my comprehension.

Thank you so much for your comments.Peace and Blessings to you as well.


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TinaMarieTad 6 years ago from Michigan

Joni~ Another well written Hub on a great topic! I will never forget this tragedy. I think this memorial date is very important for Americans to remember and is important to honor those that gave the ultimate sacrifice with their lives.This tragedy needs also to be remembered so that we as Americans can make certain that our government is doing it's best to keep Americans safe. I sure pray and wish that America can find the unity and patriotism that they felt following 9-11. This country is divided and splitting at the seams.. Great Hub!


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SquidBuilders 6 years ago

Great page! A well written tribute.


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

Thank you Tina,

I love your comments. Freedom is not free and it isn't cheap either. This country is so divided right now...We should all be wondering about where the unity went.

SquidBuilders,

Thanks, and welcome to HubPages.


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sherrylou57 6 years ago from Riverside

Thank you, for this well written hub. The USA is still the best place to live. I do remember that day and all who lost their lives.


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

Welcome Sherry. Thank you for stopping by and for your kind remarks; I am glad you liked it. You are absolutely right..... The USA is the best place to live.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

Well written, touching tribute. I will never forget where I was or what I was doing when this tradegy occurred. It was heartbreaking for all of us. Thank you for writing such a beautiful heartfelt hub.


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

Thank you for your kind words KKG. I think most of us do remember everything about that day. Truly a tragic chapter in America. May we never forget.


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RunAbstract 6 years ago from USA

So well written. I'm sorry I didn't get here sooner to read this timely piece. Thank you.


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago Author

Thank you RunAbstract and you are welcome to stop by anytime.

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