September 11th  

TiffanyBarbie 29F
1097 posts
9/11/2006 3:20 am

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September 11th

Today is September 11th. Roosevelt called December 7th, "a day that will live in infamy." Nine-eleven is this generation's day of infamy. I was 13 and in 8th grade. My parents woke me up early and thought I should know (since I was a big news and weather junkie) that the Twin Towers in New York City had been hit by a plane. While this was news worthy in itself, my mom's sister (my aunt) works in Manhattan as a buyer for Macy's at Herald Square, and we were naturally worried about her. I sat dumbfounded in from of the big screen TV watching the first tower burn, when another plane smashed into tower two. My mom had her hand over her mouth, dad said something about this not being an accident and that it's an attack. I held hands with my younger sisters who were confused, scared and crying. It was all I could do to keep from yelling what the hell is going on.

Every one of us can recount where we where that day. And just like my parents and grandparents recalling the day Kennedy was killed, the retelling of having the feelings of shock, horror, confusion top the list. Mom and dad took the day off and kept us out of school for the day, a little Catholic school on the edge of Marina del Rey. I'm glad they did, then we could be close together, safe at home. Later in the day in the aftermath of the Towers falling, the images of people outrunning the spray of dust and debris, the people covered in ashes, we sat down and talked about what had happened, with Fox News on in the den and NBC News in the kitchen. My family has stories to tell from that day and in the days to follow, as I know we all do. My aunt was safe and sound and so were her friends and co-workers. My Navy officer cousin had taken a young man confused about his destiny under his wing and encouraged him to Go Navy years before. Later the young man through peserverance got chosen as an aide to an Admiral at the Pentagon. The young man never made it out of the Pentagon on September 11th. The parents always treasured their son while he was in the service and thankful that my cousin cared. And now the parents are even prouder that their son, who had no real life plans, no real initiative, worked hard, had a great military position and died for the country he loved with all his heart.

Today marks the 5th Anniversary. The President will speak to the Nation 8pm, eastern time.

This part of my blog is dedicated to the families and victims of 9-11, the heroes of that day and in the weeks and months that followed, and to our men and women in uniform everywhere. God Bless America!

..........more of my blogging today continues....

Glimmer_Man06 48M
3308 posts
9/11/2006 3:28 am

Never Forget 911 Victims

They say a woman ages like fine wine...

...mine ages like milk!

rm_PurryKitty2 49M/51F
9753 posts
9/11/2006 3:30 am

Thanks for this!

Purry ö


tiny_hammer 61M
169 posts
9/11/2006 5:05 am

this dedication just shows why you keep getting more and more dads. you continue to show, not just talk, remarkable compassion and class. thanks hun.


breastman20 65M  
142 posts
9/11/2006 9:31 am

Very nice words Tiff..Lets all fly the flag today if the weather permits..

4Farenheit451 67M  
165 posts
9/11/2006 9:47 am

Tiff, thank you for sharing your experiences from that fateful day. I was on the West Coast and was awaken by the TV and was preparing to head for the Federal Bldg (just two blocks away) when we were told that there would be an emergency shutdown -- so I was home and watching events unfold as you were.
And I was in the seventh grade (in a little Catholic School) when the principal told us that President Kennedy had been shot. I remember the nation reeling from it and the personal tears and horror and I remember a country (more like a family in those days) transfixed by the images we saw on television around the clock.
What affects some of us affects all of us. We go about our daily lives, but there is a kinship among Americans that becomes visible at time like these. Today is a time to be aware of that kinship and relish it. We are very lucky to be where we are. Let's never forget what it takes to make sure that our kids can say the same.
Right on with this one, Tiff! Bob

breastman20 65M  
142 posts
9/11/2006 12:18 pm

And upon further thought...As a police dispatcher loe these many years I remember that my thoughts and prayers were not only with my guys(dispatchers call their officers their guys) but with my fellow calltakers and dispatchers in the radio rooms of the NYPD and NYFD..I can only imagine the horror they were feeling..its very rough to sit there and listen to the frantic calls for help that we receive and to calmly take control of the situation and get them the help they need in a timely fashion..
My heart still goes out to those wonderful people who work tirelessly in the backround with little or no recognition for the job they do and do it so well day after day to get you the help you need when you need they bumper sticker saying goes..."dispatchers do it with frequency" or "dispatchers..the calm during the storm"

spacecadet561 61M

9/11/2006 8:14 pm

I was working at NASA in Huntsville, AL at the time. They locked the place down, and the traffic jams outside the gates due to tightened security in the following weeks made for some nice targets, as cars backed up for miles. Two terrorists with a light plane, an assault rifle and several clips of ammo could've had a field day. They did park a Bradley mechanized infantry combat vehicle next to the gate for a while. I switched to earlier hours to avoid the traffic jams.


alphaman51 58M

9/11/2006 10:20 pm


Great post! I'm glad the 911 tragedy has meaning to you because it also does to me. I posted a note for the adult playground group earlier tonight about 911 because I think it's important for us to always remember it. It will just embolden the terrorists if we lose interest. I'm very patriotic since I was in the Air Force at one time. As I said in my group post I think Bush is doing a great job in fighting terror, and he backs up what he says. I like to talk politics, so I thank God that neither Al Bore (I mean Gore) or John "Turncoat" Kerry were president at the time! It would have been disastrous! Well, that's enough of the politics! I have a very close friend who was visiting in the towers 2 months before the attacks happened. She could have easily been one of the victims. It's kind of scary!

turq6969 71M
553 posts
9/19/2006 12:56 am

Hello Tiffany, I am still catching up on your blog ...

I remember that morning well, as I remember other past tradgedies ... John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Bobby Kennedy, John Lennon, May 4, 1970, and others ...

I was having breakfast and preparing to leave for morning Senior Men's bowling while watching the morning news. I heard the newscaster mention something about a plane crashing into a building in New York City. A live feed of the building with smoke billowing from where the plane had crashed into the building. First reports were an intermediate sized aircraft must have ventured off course and crashed into the building. The newscaster identified the building as one of the twin towers. I sat glued to the television ignoring that I was late for bowling. As the time passed and more reporting on the crash was updated I forgot about leaving. It was learned that the plane that had crashed into the tower was a commercial passenger jet. Then a second plane came into view on the television screen as the second plane crashed into the second of the two tall towers. Prior to the second tower attack, I had already formulated in my mind that this tragedy was no accident; my thoughts were reaffirmed with the second plane crashing into the second tower. I was feeling sickened for all those people in the commercial passenger jets and those people in the two towers that had lost their lives. The news announcer made mention to the debris that could be seen falling from the two towers, that reports from the scene were indicating that many of those falling objects were not objects, but people that were falling from or jumping from the upper floors above the level where the two planes had crashed. Commenting that those victims probably jumped to their death rather than burn to death because they were trapped with no way to exit the towers.

This tragedy, like Pearl Harbor, May 4, 1970, and the bombing in Oklahoma City affected not only people living, but those that were yet to be born.

Thank you for your kind words and thoughts about this tragic event, Tiffany.

Peace and Love,
Turq {=}

Peace and Love,

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