10 September 2011

9-11, where were you?

First posted Sept. 8, 2010, updated Sept. 8, 2011


So many tributes have been given to the victims of 9-11 and, yet, not nearly enough.


There were incredible heroes that day. 
Heroes in the air, especially on Flight 93 where they wrestled that plane from the highjackers and saved ...what...  The White House?  The Capitol?  Something big, full of real people.
Heroes among the rescue workers and fire fighters and onlookers. Ordinary people doing extraordinary things. 


Time Square Church, just a stone's throw away, played a roll in feeding the rescue workers.  They made thousands upon thousands of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to feed those workers, keeping them going, in their impossible mission of rescue. 

And then there were the hard-to-explain events that can only be God, such as the firefighters who came out of nowhere and evacuated a nearby school.  Equipped with masks for the children's faces, they delivered them out of harm's way right before the towers came down. Who were they?  There had been no way to get that kind of help to those children in time.  It all was happening too fast, too unexpectedly.  But help did arrive.  And how many cases of "I should have been there..." stories did we all hear? 


Have you noticed that the number of real tributes to the victims and heroes of 9-11 dwindled these past 9 years?  Maybe they've been waiting for the 10th anniversary. This year should certainly be a time of reflection that is done up really big. 


ABC News shared a story this week of Patrick Lyons, whose courageous father was one of the fire fighters who gave his life while rescuing others at the Twin Towers.  Click here to view his story!


Every year needs a special time of remembrance.  For those of us who are baby boomers, we know that Pearl Harbor day (Dec. 7) was remembered in a big way every year with specials on TV and the printed media year after year.  It was wrong not to do it.  Even if we had been too young to really remember, we remembered anyway. Our parents and teachers made sure of it.  It was a "day in infamy", as President Roosevelt said and we all knew it.  Let's not shove our 9-11 memories away.  We must never forget.


Did you know that BLOGGERS played a big role in communications that day?  They did. This is an excerpt from an article I wrote on HubPages called "How to Blog" about the bloggers on 9-11:


"An interesting aside: blogging had a big part to play in information-flow on 9-11.That's right. Do you remember how jammed up the landlines and cell phones were on September 11, 2001? Especially if you were attempting to call into or out of New York City, you could forget it. The circuits were busy for hours.

Bloggers took to their keyboards that day, passing along news, updates, on-the-spot photos, heartfelt comments and helping others to get much needed information, as best they could. A lot of venting went on in the blogosphere that day, too, as you can well- imagine. On 9-11, blogging rose to a new level of visibility and importance."

So, where were YOU that day?  Please share your memories here in the comment section.


God, Please Truly Bless America!
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