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9/11 Tribute & Reflections

Updated on October 31, 2014
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Remembering 9/11 Victims and Heroes

As I write this 9/11 Tribute, I'm reminded how the events of September 11, 2001 changed the world forever. May the victims rest in peace and may their families find peace and comfort.

I could have never imagined hijacked planes being used as missiles bringing down the Twin Towers killing innocent people, as I watched in disbelief this event unfold live on television.

I couldn't help, but think of the hatred and anger in people's hearts that cause them to carry out such heinous acts of terror and violence. On the other hand following the attacks, I was touched by the outpouring of love, from people from all walks of life, as they reached out to support one another in solidarity and unity.

A decade later, as I reflect on this life-changing event, it's so fresh in my mind and it almost seems like it happened just yesterday. All the more because I've watched many of the chilling videos, read numerous articles and listened to the recently released Air Traffic Control Audio Tapes, relating to the of the 9/11 attacks.

I wonder if people affected have been able to move on with forgiveness in their hearts, or they still hold on to the sorrow, anger, resentment or whatever negative feelings they were gripped with. I've gone through challenges in my life, many of which caused me much pain and sorrow, including losing my dad. However, one thing that helped me move forward, was learning to forgive. My prayer is that the families of the victims of 9/11 can gather the strength to forgive and continue to live a life filled with love.

Remembering 9/11 Victims, Heroes and their Families

The video below is a beautiful and touching tribute, created by Eric Jackson, in remembrance of 9/11. We remember all the innocent people who became victims of this horrific event and lift all their families in pray as they remember their loved ones. Also, commendable are all the heroes (civilian and in uniform) who put their lives on the line and those countless people who reached out to support and comfort.

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Poll: Where Were You on 9/11?

Where were you when the 9/11 attacks took place?

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9/11 Tribute to the Firefighters

This video below is a tribute especially to the hundreds of firefighters and police officers who put their lives on the line to protect and serve the American people, many of whom lost their lives. We will never forget their bravery and courage.

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Poll: Did You Know A 9/11 Victim?

Did you personally know a victim of the 9/11 attacks?

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Memorial Tribute by Renee L. Martinelli

The song and poem titled "The Eleventh of September" was written by Renee Lynn Martinelli in remembrance of all the innocent 9/11 victims and their loved ones. As well as in honor of the all the heroes and every American for coming together in unity to help, support and comfort, echoing the promise to never forget.

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Poll: Justice Has Been Served?

Has justice been served with Osama bin Laden's capture and death?

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Love is the Answer

Faith, Hope and Love...Love is the Greatest!

As I reflect on the events of 9/11 and how it changed many lives all over the world, there is one important aspect that stands out to me in this world filled with darkness and uncertainty...it is LOVE!

    •   Love is the answer to everything;

    •   Love helps me forgive and move forward;

    •   Love helps me not fear, but walk in confidence;

    •   Love helps me get out of my comfort zone & reach out to others;

    •   Love gives me hope for a brighter tomorrow;

    •   Love helps me live in freedom;

    •   Love never fails!

"Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit." ~ Khalil Gibran

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Supporting Families Affected by 911 Events

Families of September 11, Inc. (FOS11) is a non-profit charity organization which was established in October 2011 in order to support people who were affected by the 9/11 events.

They run several programs like the Teen Chat Program as well as support resources in the areas of finance and legal, wellness and health issues, family preparedness, and more.

FOS11 depends on support from individual and institutions in order to fulfill their mission, therefore, if you wish you can donate directly at their website. They are an accredited charity recognized by the BBB Metro New York.

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      Liz Mackay 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      I was in Devon at the time. A Cornish man, Rick Rescorla, was known for his bravery, helping others and giving his life in the towers.

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      Senditondown 2 years ago from US

      Very nice tribute AJ. May an event like this never happen again...anywhere!

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      WinWriter 3 years ago

      @ajgodinho: This is a beautiful tribute lens dedicated to this tragic day in American history. I will never forget. God bless the firefighters, search and rescue teams and dogs, law enforcement, and other first responders who gave so sacrificially. And, thank you for writing this lens. Despite negative comments from some others, I believe itâs healing as a nation to talk about it when the anniversary comes around.

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      Anthony Godinho 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Remembering 9/11 victims, heroes and their loved ones...

      "If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate" ~ Sandy Dahl, the wife of Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl

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      TransplantedSoul 4 years ago

      I remember the day so well. This is not one country against another, but some nut-jobs going wild. People are mostly good, and we need to remember this.

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      Athan360 4 years ago

      This 9/11 Tribute & Reflections lens really helps people in Remembering 9/11 Victims and Heroes. So many have been affected!

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      crstnblue 4 years ago

      Regretfully that due to Bush's war games so many innocent people (mostly US citizens) became victims.

      I'll never understand how a hand of greedy "small people" could thought about such mise-en-scene and pretend all that story against own people!

      Again, so sad for all those victims... civilians!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I was drawn back here today....thank you...tweeted.

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      Mamabyrd 4 years ago

      May we never forget

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: Thanks for stopping by...I will check the YouTube video you created to help the people affected by the 9/11 attacks.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hello my name is Carrie Perkins and my short spiritual film is called Gods Plan Carrie Perkins which can be viewed on Youtube. I personally beleive my film can help heal people affected by 911. I hope and pray many people watch it, it is about faith and hope. God bless you, Carrie

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Kiwisoutback: I appreciate you sharing your thoughts and experience on 9/11. Good to know that everyone you knew was safe. Time has indeed brought healing to many and hopefully the rest can get some closure and peace.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for creating this beautiful tribute. I'm sure no one who was alive that day will ever forget where they were, or how they felt. I'll never forget the terrible memories of that day--but I'll also remember the heroes. As soon as airline travel resumed after 9/11, I had to take an international flight to a distant country. I really didn't want to go, but the kindness expressed to me, the hugs, handshakes and kind words of people from many other countries when they learned that I was an American reinforced to me that the good, loving people in the world far outnumber the evil.

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      Kiwisoutback 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      This is an incredible tribute to the heroes, victims, and families of 9/11. I'll never forget that day and how uneasy everyone was. I was at work where there was no TV, and before the day of smartphones so I couldn't stay updated. Being from Boston, I immediately started thinking of everyone I knew that might have been flying that day. Thankfully, everyone was safe. There was so much uncertainty combined with tragedy, it made for the most horrific day I can remember. Time has healed a lot of those wounds. I'm glad the memorial was unveiled in time for the 10th anniversary.

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: Thanks for sharing your thoughts and story. Seeing everyone rally to help and support one another was indeed remarkable.

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: Doug, I'm honored by your visit here and your very encouraging comment. But more importantly thanks so much for putting your life on the line to protect and serve. May God bless you all a hundred fold for all that you guys do!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you for this well produced tribute. I am honored to be a member of an incredible double brotherhood. I am a US Marine and a Firefighter. The tragedy of this day in our US history will always be remembered because of people like you putting in the effort. Thank you.

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @GrowWear: I'm very thankful that your childhood friend at the Pentagon survived. We will never forget the incalculable loss and the sorrow, but hoping that love can produce hope through forgiveness.

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      anilsaini 5 years ago

      nice lens

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      GrowWear 5 years ago

      Had a childhood friend in the Pentagon who survived, thankfully. Turned on CNN and immediately thought that the movie preview they were showing had some very real looking special effects in it. Then, the reality started sinking in. ...This is a wonderful tribute. I too hope that forgiving will heal those left behind.

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      JanieceTobey 5 years ago

      @ajgodinho: I can't believe it's been 10 years either... And yes, I saw it on TV too... A friend called me and told me I needed to turn the TV on.

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @JanieceTobey: That's wonderful to know your friend's meeting at the WTC was canceled and he stayed home that fateful morning. I still remember the events so vividly as we were sent home that day given that we worked in downtown Toronto. But it was horrible to watch, on live TV, the second plane crash into the second tower. Can't believe it's been 10 years already. Thanks for stopping by...stay blessed!

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      JanieceTobey 5 years ago

      Although I don't personally know anyone who was a victim of the 9/11 attacks, I do have a friend who was supposed to be in the World Trade center that morning...but his meeting was canceled and so he stayed home. The experience changed his life. Thanks for taking the time to remember our victims and give tribute to our heroes. I agree...Love is the key.