Honoring the 60 Blog

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President George W. Bush (2008):  One of the worst days in America’s history saw some of the bravest acts in Americans’ history. We’ll always honor the heroes of 9/11. And here at this hallowed place, we pledge that we will never forget their sacrifice.

Where were you on 9/11?  That horrific day when thousands of people lost their lives and an infinite number of people were affected by the events of the day?

I vividly remember the day.  I had just gotten out of the shower (about 6:00 a.m. my time) and sat on the edge of my bed watching Matt Lauer talk about a plane being flown into the World Trade Center.  No mention yet of “terrorist attack,” a phrase we had never heard before.  For a few minutes, I sat there in disbelief and then realized I had better wake Leslie up and tell her to turn on the TV.

I remember taking hours to get ready for work that morning.  It was still a time of dress pants or dressers with nylons, and I found a blue and black striped dress and nylons to wear to work.  I wondered if we’d be sent home early from work and, sure enough, we were at the office for about an hour before we all went home.  My law firm’s main office was located in New York and after just a few hours of non-stop news, we still didn’t know the status of our New York personnel.

I drove home in a daze and spent the day with a friend glued to the television.  Marcy had family in New York, and we were trying to contact them and other friends to check on their status.  It was a trying few days and we all still relive those moments, I’m sure.

Yesterday, I read a blog, BeautyBeyondBones, and a brilliant article yesterday entitled “16 Years Forgotten.”  Ana starts off by reminding us that most high school seniors today were born after 9/11.  The slogan has been and always will be:  9/11:  Never Forget.  Ana believes that, unfortunately, most of us have forgotten about the attacks.  Remember in the days and weeks after 9/11 when this country had a shortage of American flags?  Sixteen years ago, we all came together.  Now?  “America today–we’re hostile with one another: venomously divided, and violently defensive.”

As Ana states, we have work to do involving issues such as racism and sexism.  I especially agree with her analogy of Hurricane Irma falling on the anniversary of September 11, which could be seen as a God-facilitated catalyst for our country to come together.

“Maybe this emergency is just the situation we needed to set aside our differences, and come together as a United nation. The United States of America. One nation – under God, indivisible, with liberty, and justice for all.”

Thank you, Ana.

 

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2 thoughts on “Honoring the 60 Blog

  1. Dale and I saw a movie the other night… 9/11 starring Charlie Sheen and Whoopi Goldberg. It was a story of five people stuck in an elevator in the north tower. While sitting there, totally enthralled, Dale felt something walk across his hand…thinking it was me, we discovered it was a mouse!!! Now, we’ve had pet mice before and mice don’t scare me, but when your way into a movie on 9/11, it was a bit disconcerting! We moved back a couple of rows, telling the only other person in the theater that a mouse had crawled across us. And when we told the Manager, he immediately gave us some free tickets and then “ran off to make a LOT of calls”! Ha! Anyway…watching this movie brought back that whole day. There are certain days you will always remember where you were. I was just getting on the MetroLink train to come to work. Someone on the train said a small plane had crashed into the World Trace Center. We all thought it was maybe a heart attack, or something to that effect. By the time the train pulled into the Irvine station, we had heard of the second one. I walked quickly to work where the TV was on, and I’ll never forget the horror of watching that second plane jet right into the south tower. They sent us home…luckily there was a 9:30 train back to Riverside. And getting home, looking up at the sky and seeing there were no planes. And looking at the horrific pictures of people jumping, the buildings collapsing, and watching over and over again the plane flying into the tower. It will never be forgotten.

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