HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN?
Please take a moment on September 11th to
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
"Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid." ~ Ronald Reagan
Have You Forgotten?
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
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".