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911 - 2001...Do You Remember Where You Were?
911 - 2001...Do You Remember Where You Were?
There's reminders all over the place of 911 and the worst terrorist attack ever to take place on American soil.
When I got the news..I was at home getting ready for work. I had taken a few minutes to call the gas company and was making a payment over the phone. The man who was helping me..asked me if I had heard the news. "What news" was my reply. He told me to turn on my TV. He held on while I went over..picked up my remote..and clicked the power button. I picked up the phone again..and as I started talking..the picture and sound had already come up. It took me a few seconds for it to actually hit home..what was being said by the announcer. I saw a plane hitting a tall building. I saw billowing clouds of smoke and people running. All I could say was "Oh my God".
I managed to finish making my payment. Then sat entranced..in shock..at what I was seeing and hearing. I called into work and told them I wasn't coming. They didn't seem surprised. In fact I was told they were sending people home. I didn't go to work for 2 days.
Although no one I personally knew was killed or injured directly..in any of the plane attacks..I was never-the-less deeply effected. I think this attack on our country wounded the psyche and hearts of all of us. I think it was a loss of our sense of security..and caused a sense of outrage and fear. Even today..I still feel a sense of anger. While I don't want to turn this post into a political tirade..it has become more than obvious to me that..the fear and anxiety resulting from those attacks..have been used..to advance a rather frightening political agenda.
Did you know that some of the most basic and important recommendations made by the 911 Commission..have never been implemented? It seems to me that rather than using the events of 911 to polarize and tear the country apart..our leadership should be setting an example that would promote unity. They should also take the actions needed to provide true security in our country.
Do you remember where you were and what you were doing on September 11, 2001?
Picture: Recue Workers at the Pentagon..in the aftermath.
9/10/2006 10:34 am
I heard about it on the radio just as I was pulling into the parking lot at work. A co-worker pulled into the spot across from me and we got out of our cars at the same time. We looked into each other's face and it occurred to me... I am looking at Grace.|
Seriously! Her name was Grace, but... I knew at that moment that it was over. What was done was done and that all would be okay. We were covered by grace.
My brother works for... well, he won't actually tell us. For years, he jokingly said that he would have to kill us if we knew. When he gets called away, no one knows where he goes or for how long. We do know that his expertise is in getting planes out of the sky.
He was called away on Sept. 10th. We always assumed he was at the Pentagon when he "went away." No one heard from him. There was no way to try to contact him. But I knew he was fine! His wife and family took it like heroes. He finally walked through the door of his home three days later.
The "Let it roll" guy from the downed flight was local. The college he attended built a student center in his honor. They re-named the street where he lived in his honor. People get so caught up in the hype of Patriotism and honoring the dead that they do not even want to consider the possibility that our gov't did what gov'ts have been doing since they began, which is find a way to make what they want palatable to the people. Our gov't wanted war.
What surprises me the most when people talk about that day, is that very few people recall that President Bush called for military in our airports *and* on every street corner! People...
That is how you start a coup!!!!! I know I was busy contacting every single senator, not just my own, and every single House Representative to beg them to consider how young our country is and not to react blindly in this matter.
We did end up with the military in our airports, but there was no more talk of military personnel on every street corner.
I think I have said enough! But, yes, I remember.
9/11/2006 12:30 pm
I was watching the news, and saw the seconed plane hit. On my way to work, I stopped by the local drug store and picked up some white shoe polish. Wrote "It's a good day to go to war." on the side windows of my van. Yeah, I remember. Joe|
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