Never Forget September 11, 2001

IMG_566911th Memorial of 9/11, at Kennesaw Mountain National Park, with my friend, Nancy’s foster golden retriever at the time:

Amidst the solemn memorial of one flag for every life lost, he reminded me that there is still good in this world if we would each do our part, the world could be a better place. my friend, Nancy Bray

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It is that time again when we stop to remember the

unimaginable tragedy that was 9/11, September 11, 2001.

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We must never forget!

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The attacks resulted in the deaths of 2,996 people, including the 19 hijackers. The 2,977 victims included 246 on the four planes (from which there were no survivors), 2,606 in the World Trade Center and in the surrounding area, and 125 at the Pentagon.  Nearly all of those who perished were civilians with the exceptions of 72 law enforcement officers, 343 firefighters, and 55 military personnel who died in the attacks. After New York, New Jersey lost the most state citizens, with the city of Hoboken having the most citizens that died in the attacks.

If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate. Sandy Dahl, wife of pilot Flight 93, Jason Dahl

 More than 90 countries lost citizens in the September 11 attacks. The attacks of September 11, 2001, marked it the worst terrorist attack in world history and the deadliest foreign act of destruction to life and property on American soil since the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. from Wikipedia

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Even after a tragedy of this enormous magnitude, life carries on, somehow. Two of my sisters, along with many friends, and our son-in-law celebrate their birthdays during the month of September. One of my dearest friends from my college days, Susan, celebrates her day of birth on September 11th. I cannot help but take pause and consider all the birthdays, the many other special celebrations that have been missed in the past fourteen years because these hateful, hate-filled people made the choice on that Tuesday morning to end their own lives while taking the lives of thousands. This brings to mind my big brother, John Wade, a Marine who served in Vietnam, making it out alive, now Dad to three and GrandDad to three more. It reminds me of my childhood friend, Betty Lou’s brother, Mike who died in Vietnam at the young age of 18. Freedom Is Not Free.

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Our friend, JoAnn writes on the wall in the makeshift memorial fourteen months following 9/11.
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New York City, fourteen months after 9/11 on December 7, 2002.
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A notation I made in my Bible on December 7, 2002.

While I have not had the chance to visit the new 9/11 Memorial Museum, I did have the chance to visit NYC, December 5-8, 2002 just 14 months after this horrific event with my girlfriends from Tennessee Tech University. IMG_5607

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1

Did you know? Over time, verse 91:1 has become known as “the 911 verse”.

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Ground Zero on 12/7/02As we meandered along the perimeter of the two massive, gaping holes in the ground, which the twin towers had left, we spoke not a word. There were no words. It was a frigid, wintry day, still we moved very slowly, sign-to-sign, picture-to-picture of those loved ones lost. We’re living in a fearful time. Since 9/11, people have become more afraid than ever before, because of terrorism. There’s a lot of confusion about evil, where it’s all coming from.” Charles Stanley A couple of us went into a store to buy warmer socks. We stayed there a long time, freezing tears making their way down our cheeks. A man was reading Psalm Chapter 91 aloud and we stopped to listen.
We're living in a fearful time. Since 9/11, people have become more afraid than ever before, because of terrorism. There's a lot of confusion about evil, where it's all coming from. Charles Stanley

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How will we consider the depths of loss that occurred on 9/11/01?

How will we look inside ourselves making an intentional choice to live in a kind and compassionate way towards the humans in our path?

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Glover Park, in our hometown of Marietta, Georgia

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4 thoughts on “Never Forget”

    1. HI Claire and thanks so much for stopping by and reading my 9/11 post. It is surreal to think of all that happened that day! I have read your recent email and wanted to respond when I had a few minutes to spend…Will do that soon. Have a blessed day, friend!

  1. Hi Joan, I too have thought about this “place” in New York that has changed forever. I had the privilege of going to New York in 2000 and seeing the Twin Towers, then later in 2002, we took our little girls on a trip, there in that same spot was such a sight, even our girls stood still as though then knew how special this place is. They signed that same wall and the rest of the trip we answered so many questions about evil, God and Why. Several years later on another trip the same spot beginning to look cleaner, the subway finally rebuilt and the station opened.

    On November 1st of this year David and I will travel back to this city, a city we love and watch our daughter-in-love run in the New York Marathon. I will hold my breath for several reasons but one the race is over, our first stop will be to see the new memorial.

    Thank you Joan, for this post.

    1. HI there Sharliss and thanks so much for your comment, here…Wow, such memorable memories your family has of this great city, and you are still making them! Best Wishes to your daughter-in-love on her race. I am in awe of marathon runners!
      I look forward to seeing the new memorial as soon as we can make a trip back to NYC.

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