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September 11th

Updated on February 23, 2013

HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN?

Please take a moment on September 11th to


REMEMBER

the Victims, the Heroes, and the Families of the September 11th, 2001 attacks on our GREAT NATION.

Never let them be forgotten.

Dedicated to those who lost their lives 9/11, the troops who have served protecting this Nation and to the

Memory of Robert Adrian Worthington.

"Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid." ~ Ronald Reagan

Have You Forgotten?

Never Forget

WE SHALL NEVER FORGET
&
WE WILL NEVER FORGIVE

Where Were You?

Like most people, I was at work when we got word that the world as we knew it had just changed forever. Being in a major city, Atlanta, we were afraid for our loved ones as well as ourselves.

I called my mother to check on her as she was at work in a skyscraper in the middle of downtown Atlanta.

It was eerie the stillness that happened after the second plane hit. I worked in a very busy plastics company at the time. The phones stopped ringing as all eyes and ears were glued to tvs and radios...waiting. We knew we were under attack from an enemy that was willing to go to any lengths to bring our country to it's knees. When would it stop? It seemed like an eternity.

I left work to go get my son who was in elementary school at the time. Praying that I would make in time to reach him. I wanted to make sure to tell him I loved him and snuggle him in my arms one last time. If we were going to die, we would be together.

In the days, after the attack on our homeland, the skies were silent. There were no commercial planes flying. The world simply stopped. This dead silence made the minutes tick slowly by.

On the tvs and radios there was a constant barage of updates and news flashes. It seemed the news was never any better. The only thing that was better was that the attacks seemed to have stopped. However, the death toll kept rising and with each update our hearts went out to the families and loved ones.

We began hearing stories of real life Heroes who had given all so that other's may live. I think most people silently wondered if they would be so heroic.

Heros of 9/11

 

The Story as It Happened

From Wikipedia:

The September 11 attacks (often referred to as nine-eleven, written 9/11) were a series of coordinated suicide attacks by al-Qaeda upon the United States on September 11, 2001. On that morning, 19 islamic terrorists affiliated with al-Qaeda hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners.

The hijackers intentionally crashed two of the airliners into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, killing everyone on board and many others working in the buildings. Both buildings collapsed within two hours, destroying at least two nearby buildings and damaging others.

The hijackers crashed a third airliner into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. The fourth plane crashed into a field near Shanksville in rural Somerset County, Pennsylvania, after some of its passengers and flight crew attempted to retake control of the plane, which the hijackers had redirected toward Washington, D.C. There were no survivors from any of the flights.

Excluding the 19 hijackers, 2,974 people died in the attacks. The overwhelming majority of casualties were civilians, including nationals of over 90 different countries. In addition, the death of at least one person from lung disease was ruled by a medical examiner to be a result of exposure to dust from the World Trade Center's collapse.

A New View of the World

I will never look at the world the same way. Whereas I looked at the beauty in it with wonder and awe, now I see clearly the hate that festers in some groups of people.

I am extremely proud of my country and our troops for their service to this great nation.

Watching the towers fall still causes a queasy feeling in my gut and the breaking of my heart. Then I get angry all over again.

It doesn't matter if you agree with the politics, when you see any of our troops, don't forget to say

"Thank you for all that you do for our country".

Where were you?

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I was in Manhattan in midtown. I remember see the massive amounts of smoke billowing up into the air. We couldn't leave the city until around 11 PM that night. Luckily I had a friend who lived in the city and he invited me to stay with him until they gave the okay that trains were running out of the city.

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      Heather McGlaughlin 

      6 years ago from Marryland

      I was at home, watching on TV. Went and picked my kids up from school like lots of other parents did.

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      Charming_Beads 

      6 years ago

      I was at home, but since I had no television a friend called me. Went to a local bar to watch.

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      KimGiancaterino 

      6 years ago

      I was on my way to work at CBS in Los Angeles. Most employees were sent home because television networks were considered targets that day. No one wanted to leave. I heard the story on the radio in my car, but had been to the top of the World Trade Center and realized the magnitude of the devastation. Nothing prepared me for the images that came later as we relived the horror over and over.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      I was at home alone and my daughter called. She was very upset. I could barely understand what she was saying. I flipped on the tv and all I could do was cry. It is a day I will never forget!

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      AppalachianCoun 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for this lens! I haven't forgotten and have family members in the War on Terror. I worked at a Christian children's home and we were gathering for a staff meeting. There was a tv in the lobby and when we walked in everyone was standing around watching and the second plane had just hit the Trade Towers. The meeting of course turned to prayer for our nation. We continued to be advised of the continued attach through news alerts from someone's pager. I won't forget.

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      Michey LM 

      8 years ago

      How can I forget that day? I am living in Verona NJ, 30 min drive to Manhattan NY, and I lost 2 good friends that day.

      I will never forget that day as long as I live

      Thanks for this lens, it is painful but is useful to remember. fav 5*

      Michey

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      Anthony Godinho 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I was at work and since I worked at a brokerage firm (downtown Toronto) we had TVs around. We couldn't believe as we watched everything unfold live in front of our very eyes. I remember just watching in a daze as the second plane hit the tower. Being downtown, we were asked to evacuate and head home. I was just glued to the TV all day and night, in disbelief and all I could do is lift every affected to the Lord. A couple more days and we celebrate another anniversary. I will never forget that day and pray for healing to everyone involved.

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      julieannbrady 

      9 years ago

      I will never ever forget this day as long as I live. I was at work, behind my closed office door having a very personal discussion with a coworker when another coworker knocked on my door to get my attention. We came out and went down the hall to another office that had the TV turned on showing this -- I will never forget this as long as I live.

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      drifter0658 lm 

      9 years ago

      I was at work and couldn't believe what unfolded on the small television that someone had tucked away in his toolbox. Air Force one flew into Wright Pat on his trip back to Washington D.C. that night. The sonic booms of the escort fighters had everyone believing we were under attack.

      For three days I looked to the skies. When I finally saw a non-military aircraft, I hollered like I never hollered before.

      Great tribute, and I'll NEVER forget.

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      Carol Goss 

      9 years ago

      What a wonderul lens to remember. Five * from me :)

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      RoberdsWA 

      9 years ago

      I will never forget that day...I too live in Atlanta. I couldn't believe what the radio was saying that morning. Thank you for such a great lens.

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      Linda Jo Martin 

      9 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Thanks for the reminder... I like how you personalized this by telling the story from your own point of view. 5* and an Angel blessing for this lens today.

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      Tarra99 

      9 years ago

      I'll remember that day forever. When my kids grow up and ask me "where were you when?" I'll be able to answer with vivid detail. Even though we're in Canada I was scared to death...I had just dropped my then toddler old off at daycare and immediately wanted to turn around and pick him up. My mother drove 5 hours to be with us...I remember everyone just wanting to be with family. I remember the utter shock of it all. So sad.

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      Heather Burns 

      9 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      I remember that day like no other. Tragedy of our times...very nice memorial lens.

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