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911, The Tenth Anniversary-Turning the Negative into Positive

Updated on October 30, 2012

We will never forget!

MY MEMORIES OF THAT DAY (September 1, 2001)

Like most people I know the events of 911 has been burned into my memory. The shock fear, grief and rage that were manifested by the events of that day will always haunt me. Also, the way that the Nation united in the coming months after the attack would also touch me like no other event that I have witnessed before or since. It was soon after this, that I started wondering about the fulfilment of Bible prophecy, especially the references made about the Middle East. Yes, that day was a major turning point in the ways that I view the world.

I remember how a co-worker reacted when we first heard the news on the radio that a jet airliner had hit one of the twin towers. He was convinced that World War III had started and he was about to take of for the hills! We were on the road at the time so I did not have the chance to even see the images of this tragic event until that evening. It was soon after this that the Anthrax scare happened and it seemed like the whole world had gone mad.

Besides the unity that happen because of that event, it was also like the world had suddenly become paranoid. In the months to come, everything seemed to be a matter of security. We were told it was all for our own good, we had to sacrifice some freedoms for a greater since of security. The airports tightened their security, along with the United States Postal Service. soon, laws were passed that also greatly changed the way things were done within our society, not only here in the United States of America but though out Europe for 911 was not only attack on America but the entire Western World. The Patriot Act is just one example of how our world had been transformed by this one event.

The world was now on HIGH ALERT as we also began the war on Terrorism. As all this was happening, there were two extremely opposite responses to all that was transpiring. A increase in scams and people trying to make a buck off of the fear and other negative responses, and a increase in people volunteering and helping others. It was as if a spiritual tug-a-war was happening right before our eyes!

Now it has been ten since years since 911, ten years that seem to past in the blink of an eye. Many things had changed and yet many things have stayed the same. We are still fighting in Afghanistan in a war that does not seem to have a end. Even after the death of Ben-laden not much has changed. All this time, this time bomb that is known as the Middle East keeps ticking! The count down to Armageddon is shorter all the time as the tenth anniversary to one of the most tragic days in recent history looms on the horizon.

So the question I ask you, is what will you do to commemorate this anniversary of this dark day? Will you take part in something positive that will make a difference? Will you let this day slip by as just another day, or will you strive to make some kind of action that will effect others in a positive way?

The reason why I ask that question is that a Christian radio station I listen to known as KLove is encouraging their listeners to pledge to do something in a positive way within their community. The possibilities are endless and may be as simple as taking out the trash for the old lady that lives next door. From the evidence that was found in the compound were bin Laden was found, it was clear that the terrorist were making plans to do another attack on U.S soil. If this is the case, does it not make since to do something that is would improve another's life? On the link below, you will be able to go to their website (Klove) and sign up and tell them what you plan to do on that day to brighten just a little part of the darkness in this world!

There goal is to have one million people commit to doing something positive to remember that day by, what else would be more powerful?


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    • Highvoltagewriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Benner 

      7 years ago from Savannah GA.

      Hello again Amber! I love what you say here,"For us to recognize our unity and to turn the negative into the positive, is a testiment to the human potential, opposed to the human condition."

      I could not say it better myself!

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      Amber Mandala 

      7 years ago from Perry, Fl.

      I actually flew, for the first time in the months following 911. I was terrified, not by the threat of terrorism but at the thought of being in such a vulnerable place. I faced one of my greatest fears, heights. It was an incredible experience for me. The fun outweighed the fear.

      911 was a horrific event in human history. There were many tragic events in the years following. Earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, tornados and floods.

      For us to recognize our unity and to turn the negative into the positive, is a testiment to the human potential, opposed to the human condition.

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      William Benner 

      7 years ago from Savannah GA.

      Hello Mamadrama! It is so good to see you drop in, for it is never to late to remember that day and the sacrifices people have made. Thank you so much for telling a bit of your story!

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      7 years ago from Upstate NY

      I know I am delayed in replying to this.. I will NEVER forget this day for the rest of my life. I was working for NYS at the time, and I honestly thought WWIII was happening in front of me. We had police rushing in our building, as we are 10 on the terriorist list to be hit. It was so scary. 10 years later, I would like to say things have changed, but other then the secuirty and national fear of Muslim religion.. I do not see much change. My husband is a police officer and was in the City helping other search and rescue teams. The mention of 9/11 brings tears to his eyes. What I do about this so that 9/11 will never be forgotten is take my children to our NYS museum where there is a huge display and actual building pieces, a destroyed fire truck and artifacts from that day, in a whole section. I explain to them in ways they can understand the importantance of accepting others. I also like to show them how important it is to help thy neighbor, and appreciate the heros in this world. Great think piece! Great job!

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      Erin LeFey 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      Its me again. You really got me to thinking about the tenth anniversary and how I really felt and I have to thank you for that. After a long hard analysis, I realized where it all was coming from so I wrote my own hub about it. I just wanted to thank you for giving me the spark and the courage to come forth with a lot of the things that I really needed to say. Brightest Blessings, Erin

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      Erin LeFey 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      Thanks for reminding us of the impact of that day in history. The video took my breath away again. That day changed my life forever, and its hard to find anything positive about it. I've always done things for my neighbors and acted out of love, it hasn't taken any of that away - in a crisis - America will come together again like this. I just can't bring myself to celebrate such a dark day in American history with anything positive - I treat it as a day of memorial and it makes me sad that terrorism is what it is and does what it does - I've studied it extensively since that day. Once your eyes have been opened, you just can't put that away. I'm hopeful and I don't close my heart on this day more than any other day - I always give of myself. But I can't change this day into something positive, personally, it doesn't feel right. I respect your efforts to do so and understand your need to. Great hub. Blessings, Erin

    • Highvoltagewriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Benner 

      7 years ago from Savannah GA.

      Thank you september girl for dropping in, it may take a day or so for people to respond to this hub but I am sure they will!

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      september girl 

      7 years ago

      Very powerful hub! I can't believe many others have not commented on it yet. That day in American history shall live on forever in our minds, as one of the sadest we had to endure and live through. I am proud of you for sharing it. So many unnecessary lives were lost that day, of not only the victims, but those of fallen heroes. You are right...that something done as a positive to remember that day, is a way to outweigh the negatives of that catastrophic event.

    • Highvoltagewriter profile imageAUTHOR

      William Benner 

      7 years ago from Savannah GA.

      Thank you Kashmir56 for stopping by, it is always great to hear from you!

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      Thomas Silvia 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks for this very great overview of 9/11,i agree with you lets turn a negative into positive .


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