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09-11-2009, 12:29 AM
So in England...its nearly half past mid night and its now September 11th.
I remember what I was doing the day of the attacks. I was packing my bags for my return to University from the summer. I was going back early because I was moving into my Student House...and we had the news on.
I remember being relatively uninterested as footage just showed this burning building somewhere in America...but when the second plane hit, suddenly all the channels were showing the same thing...just in time to see the whole deck of cards come crashing down.
We were all watching by then, and really worried that it would start the third world war. You should have seen the newspapers...I still have the clippings in my spiritual journal...someone remind me tommorow, and I'll scan them in.
so tonight I watched a programme called "phonecalls from the towers" yeah...wasnt pleasent :sad:, some of them were still live on the line to their families when the building they were in fell apart :cry:
09-11-2009, 05:05 AM
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09-11-2009, 05:09 AM
I wanted this one as my avatar but couldn't get it to work. :dry:
09-11-2009, 01:43 PM
09-11-2009, 02:25 PM
I'm rehearsing a play in Jersey City (which for those who aren't familiar with the geography of the area is almost directly across the Hudson from Ground zero). I take the PATH train to get back into the city and last night I took the WTC train that drops me right under ground zero and the World Trade center station. It really is haunting to ride the train through Ground zero and see all the construction going on. Also seeing the towers of light is quite moving. I had very little familiarity with the city (aside from a few school trips) and the longer i live here, the more horrific that day seems. I can't even begin to imagine what the city felt like as that was going on.
Today I'm listening to coworker tell their stories of that day 8 years ago. For the past five years I've been witness to this yearly revisiting of events. New friends talk about losing old friends and deal with still very raw emotion of it all.
I'm glad for the time I've had here.
sure doesnt feel like 8 years ago . That morning is forever burnedinto my brain . I can remember almost every detail of where i was at what point in time and what was being said .
God Bless . Will never forget.
09-11-2009, 06:00 PM
one of the most important Speeches since the World War
"The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, Fires burning, huge structures collapsing, have filled us with disbelievef, terrible saddness, and a quiet, unyielding anger. these acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed. Our Country is Strong, a Great People have been moved to Defend a Great Nation. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they can not touch the foundation of America. These acts shattered steel, but they can not dent the steel of American Resolve. America was targetted for attack because we are the brightest beacon for Freedom and Opportunity in the World. And No one shall keep that light from shining."
09-11-2009, 08:04 PM
I still remember that day, returning home from school and glued to the news from the 1st plane hitting and witnessing the second and the terrible realisation that this was deliberate.
It was a tragic day and my prayers are for all whom were affected by it. God Bless America.
09-11-2009, 08:43 PM
i stayed home from school because i was sick that day. i woke up early (still don't know why i didn't sleep in since i felt like crap) and decided to turn on the television. i just sat there for hours and hours trying to understand what the hell was going on. i was home all by myself and everyone else was at work or school so i couldn't talk to anybody almost all day... it was a very strange and surreal morning
09-12-2009, 01:27 AM
I was struck by how quite everything was.. I left the hotel we were at, and walked outside.. no planes, no cars.. very little noise.. the FAA had grounded all flights and most people were at home watching TV.. I was in Baltimore. We landed as the second plane was hitting.. "roughly" after.. we went to the pentagon.. was very surreal...
they were talking about Sept 11th and the attacks in his 3rd grade today..
When I came home he told me he learned about the planes that hit the towers and the pentagon.. he was 8 months old at the time.Even his young voice was hushed when he talked about what he learned..
I asked what about the 4th plane, did you learn about that?
"No daddy.. there was a 4th plane?"
So I told him,
I told him about all the people that died on the planes, all the people that died in the towers and the pentagon, the after effects...
but I told him about United 93.. I told him that when they found out what was going on and what was likely going to happen to them.. a few.. just a few people said..to hell with that.. "Let's Roll."
A few people that knew that they were going to probably die, but at the very least, they were not going to be apart of someone else dying if they could help it.. sure.. they didn't want to die.. they have wives, husbands, parents and kids... but they had to do SOMETHING. So they did. Did they save the whitehouse.. the capital building.. maybe maybe not.. but they did something.
Those people, they are the DEFINITION of "hero". They are what a martial artist tries to be.. those few people.. did what we should all do. Stand Up.. Fight Back...
After I was done telling him about Flight 93 and the phone call and Todd Beamer's final words, "Are you guys ready? Let's roll!"
And you know what my 8 year old son said to me when I was done... I said to him what do you think about that??
And I kid you not.. tear welled up in my eyes when he said.."Those people on the plane were cool"...
I may be a F-up sometimes.. but some how my wife and I got my kinds on the right path.
I also told him about the about the 343 firefighters.. all the police, and the others that we don't really know about..
I told him about how when people were coming out from the dust of the towers.. everyone looked the same.. there was no black or white, no mexcian no nothing but people... and that how for just a brief time... everyone in the USA didn't care how much money you made, what car you drove, what area you lived in.. it didn't matter, you were an AMERICAN
I told him about the people that were fighting for freedoms at this very minute.. were dying.. fighting the same kids of people that flew planes into buildings...and now he understands why a freaking grunt soldier is more important than a pro athlete will ever be. That the people that stand up for others.. are the people to look up to.. and that sometimes the people that stand up.. fall down.. just to allow us to have the freedoms that so many of us take for granted...
09-12-2009, 01:45 AM
To me, these two comics mean so much!!
09-12-2009, 01:51 AM
just to keep people thinking
09-12-2009, 03:49 AM
I remember my dad was in newyork that day on some gun tech reasearch thing I dint have a clue where he was in the city. As soon as I saw what was happening from watching tv in the class room I basicly demanded to go to the office to call his cell. when I got there I called for 30 FREAKEN mins over and over and then he finaly turned his phone on :angry: (you have no clue how bad the wait was) thank god he told me he was on his way home but he had no clue what was going on. I had to break the news to him
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