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911 - I Will Remember!

Updated on September 10, 2013
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September 11, 2001 was just like any other day until...

People still ask, from time to time, "do you know where you were and what you were doing at that moment on 911?" Of course I do, don't you?

Nothing is the same anymore though. I don't work for the same company. I don't feel as safe as I did before. And there is a sadness that is just always there, for the lives that were lost or changed that day. We've been at war ever since and lost so many more lives. Low-flying airplanes and the words "breaking news" cause a little knot to form in my gut. It's just not the same anymore.

When Time Stood Still

Every anniversary brings a bit of healing but the pain will never go away. We cannot put the families back together, erase the scars of injuries, or wipe away the visual memory of the images that played across our televisions. No we cannot erase our memories of that day when the Twin Towers collapsed; when a hole opened up in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania beneath Flight 93; when a portion of the Pentagon erupted in smoke and flames. Time stood still, didn't it?

I cannot erase the memory of that day. I remember the first words of a co-worker in the distance saying "a plane just hit the World Trade Center". Only a fool could have carried on normally after hearing those words. I knew, but I didn't want to know. I wanted to turn the clock back just one minute and stop it there, before I heard those words. I rose from my office and made my way to the television where CNN was already showing images of the exploding flames. How ignorant we were, standing there watching, believing it was a flight gone wrong or an air traffic control problem. I think we knew but were afraid to know. And as we watched, we saw it happen again and at that moment, we knew. We knew everything had changed.

In the hours, days, and weeks that followed, our emotions were touched in ways we could not have imagined. The news showed us the faces of the missing. Hour after hour, day after day, the pain of families looking for a loved one flashed across our television screens. I looked at the layers of rubble and wondered how anyone could survive it. I watched as volunteers and first responders moved each piece of rubble with hope of finding life below. Perhaps the pain was more than I could process because I remember the moment when my focus switched to images of millions of documents drifting from the offices above, becoming a part of the rubble. It was a virtual sea of paper representing the lives of all races, religions, social classes. This act of horror did not discriminate.

I Will Not Forget

Things in our world have changed, for all of us, and yes, the healing has begun. It's a slow process. As a nation, we have taken steps to protect ourselves from future attacks. We have sacrificed a bit of comfort and freedom for the sake of being more safe. Families, as all families do, have picked up the pieces in the face of unbearable pain, and moved forward. Most cannot tell you how they did it. They just did - because they had to. The rubble has been cleared and there is a new landscape where the Twin Towers once stood. The Pentagon has been repaired; it is changed, but still repaired. And there is now a memorial to the fallen in that field in Pennsylvania. Yes, the healing has begun but it will never be complete because - we will always remember.

Today, and everyday, I honor those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and those who have fought on foreign soil to protect us from future attacks on our own soil. I will not forget the more than 4,000 soldiers who have died nor the more than 31,000 who have been wounded. I will not forget the more than 3000 who died on September 11, 2001 or the hundreds who were injured. I will not forget.

© 2012 Linda Crist, All rights reserved.

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thank you Bilrrr. These times we are witnessing are very sad. I think the problem with us is that we don't learn from our mistakes, but instead, keep repeating them. Such is history. Thank you for reading and sharing this with me.

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    Bill Russo 5 years ago from Cape Cod

    Bless you Irc. You are a patriot and are not afraid of standing up and saying "I love the U.S.". I am sick of all the hate and violence directed against us. Our nation has made mistakes, but still stands for liberty and justice for all. I do not believe the same can be said for those who would destroy us.

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello kashmir56. Thank you so much for your kind words and vote up. All loss of life that is not a natural death is tragic to someone and none of us are immune. Many, here in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world are still suffering from this horrible day. So very sad.

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    Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

    Beautifully written remembrance and great tribute to those who lost their life that day. Well done !

    Vote up and more !!!

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Jean bakula - I am so sorry for your loss. Cantor Fitzgerald's story of 911 is gut-wrenching. Such a tragedy. Thank you for remembering with me today.

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    Jean Bakula 5 years ago from New Jersey

    Thanks for your moving tribute. It seems like it was just yesterday. I live in Northern NJ, and had several acquaintances who died that day, one worked for Cantor Fitzgerald, and had a daughter who just began Kindergarten and an 8 week old baby. He and his wife were supposed to have their closing to buy a new house the next Friday. It's also heartbreaking to recall the brave firemen and police who rushed to their doom while trying to save anyone they could. I wish they left the area as a park and memorial, and think it's a disgrace the new building isn't finished yet. It's an expensive piece of real estate, but I wonder who would want to work in that spot?

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    I share the sentiment vocalcoach. Thanks for sharing it with me today. I appreciate your visit and commenting.

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    Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

    This is a beautiful tribute to a memory that will never be forgotten. As I watched the tv specials on 911 I wept. My heart hurts for every person involved with loss, injury and pain. Thank you.

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Mhatter99 ! I do think about it, all the time. We lost so much that day. Even though I am aware of the freedom I lost, I just cannot fathom being in the place of the families who lost a loved one. Their loss is unimaginable to me, considering the circumstances. I listened to an interview tonight with an employer who lost over 600 employees that day, including a brother. How do you ever process that kind of loss?

    Thank you for reading and sharing the memory with me.

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    Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

    America still suffers the loss of that day. We allowed the enemy to beat us. Remember this the next time you are searched. Thank you for remembering 9/11.

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thank you Kaili!

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    Kaili Bisson 5 years ago from Canada

    Lovely tribute my friend.

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    bravewarrior - it is impossible for those of us who did not lose someone or have someone suffer injury to understand. My heart aches for them and not just on the anniversary. Thank you for reading and sharing the sentiment with me.

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    Shauna L Bowling 5 years ago from Central Florida

    Thank you for this beautiful tribute. May we never forget. We as a nation mourn this anniversary every year, but just imagine what those who have been personally affected go through!

    It's astonishing and so, so sad....

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    SassySue1963 - me too! Thank you for reading and for the lovely comment.

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    SassySue1963 5 years ago

    Hi Irc,

    A lovely tribute to the innocents that lost their lives that day. This day always finds me melancholy and still rather shell shocked by the entire event even though it is 11 years ago.

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thanks CMerritt. I think you and I are sharing that emotion today. It's still hard to wrap my head and heart around that day. Thank you so much for reading. I am always moved by the idea that for a moment in time, Hubpages allows us to sit together in a shared experience.

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    Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

    Nor will I forget...I am kind of speechless today as I reflect.

    As bill stated, a beautiful tribute.

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Bill! Being the emotional creature that I am, this date always finds me in that "state of mind". Thank you for your sweet compliment.

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    Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    A beautiful tribute my friend, as it should be. Lovely work!