Friday, September 11, 2009

Never, Ever Forget.

If you don't know my story about 9/11/01, read it here.

I'm feeling a little peeved today. I noticed a flag downtown here (Indianapolis) that was not at half-mast. If there is ever a day to fly your flag at half-mast, it's September 11. I really just hope this building forgot they even had a flag.

A few days ago, my friend (also from NJ) had to exit her apartment building in Chicago because there was a small fire. While standing outside in her pajamas, waiting to be let back in, she overheard a girl say "I bet this is what it felt like on 9/11." Words cannot express her anger or mine upon hearing this. My friend's parents actually worked in NYC and had to move heaven and earth just to get home- this was the situation for many of my friends, since my town was essentially a NYC suburb. I had to watch a friend cry, not knowing if her Dad had made it out of the towers- where he worked. (He did.) I had a friend whose Dad worked in the building next to the towers (which later collapsed) and hadn't heard from him. (He was also luckily safe.) Smoke blew over our town in the sky... it was not just a television image you could turn off. How dare anyone even try to imagine what those people went through. People jumping out of buildings to certain death- nothing like a stovetop fire in a Chicago walk-up. I hope that this isn't the memory of 9/11 for future generations.

Ok, off soapbox. God Bless America.


Jazzi said...

Yes, that was a very sad day and so far we have been kept safe since then. Hopefully our country wont have to experience anything like that again. I feel for the families that lost someone during this time. This should ALWAYS be a time of remembrance not a time of service.

I love our country but am certainly nervous about our country, as far as our safety, finances and debt, morals and values, honest people running the government. Seems like we are being brought down from the inside now and headed towards socialism.
I am scared for my kids and grandkids futures, well off my sopabox too!!

BRUTUS said...

I think things like that show that people have begun to forget, unfortunately. That day seems more like a nightmare than reality, and I think you must be right about the difference between experiencing it up close vs. on a TV you could turn off if it got to be too much... It IS essential to sit down & think about it to keep the memories alive. I just hope that in the next 8 years we can do better service to ourselves, take care of the right things so that USA can get back to the roots and values that our founding fathers had in mind.

Yoda and Brutus said...

I can't imagine what it could have been like to be near or at the twin towers that day. I remember the days and weeks following 9/11 when the news stopped showing photos and video of the towers - saying that people had complained because it was so disturbing. Hopefully nothing of this magnitude will happen again - ever!


Rosie said...

Being from NJ we feel it so strongly it was our friends and neighbors who were lost. I still can't believe it was 8 years ago that all of our lives changed and the way we think too. We will probably never have the care free totally safe feeling again. I will never forget.

Oakley and Swisher said...

Thank you for sharing your story with everyone.

Lots of Licks--
Oak and Swish

Jemima Jones Beck said...

That was a sad day. What I remeber about that day is that I was scared for my Mom. At that time Mom worked for the government in Colorado's largest government building so when we were told that trade centers and government buildings were being targeted I started to wonder "What if there is a plane headed for Colorado and the Taj (where Mom worked) right now?". It wasn't a good day.

Lilo, The Great Rock Eater said...

Momma says you can stand on your soap box as long as you want =)

God Bless America!!


Jazzi said...

I am one of those people that they call part of an angry mob :-)
Just standing up for the good ole USA!!!

Nevis said...
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Nevis said...

Amen. I actually had a friend telll me that they were SICK of the media coverage of today, that it was "overkill" to bring on the news. Can you believe that? He actually said to me "Its not like people talk about Pearl Harbor every year". UGH. YES, someone actally said that. I realy don't understand some people.

Pug Posse said...

You can definitely stay on your soapbox as long as you want! I went to school in upstate NY and knew a lot of people who lived in NYC. Sadly, a girl that lived down the hall from me my freshman year lost both her husband and her sister...they both worked for the same company in the WTC. I can't imagine what she went through that day and every September 11. I can't imagine what you went through living so close to it.

God bless America!!!

Pug hugs and kisses,
Vikki and the Pug Posse

Dallas Clark and Reggie Wayne said...

You stay RIGHT THERE ON YOUR SOAPBOX, MISSY! It is because so many of us have come down from our soapboxes or never were on one, that our flags aren't at half-mast, that we think the 9/11 coverage is "overkill" and that 9/11 even happened in the first place.

My family flew into Ronald Reagan six days prior to 9/11. I had not been to D.C. in 10 years, but I did recall from that prior visit how stringent the security was.

My husband and I was preparing our older daughter for the extra security wands, baggage checks, etc. and was STUNNED how lax the security had become! We were waved through even after my shoe buckle set off the metal detector!

Then, not even a week later, our nation, one of the most secure nations in the world, was attacked...not once, but four times; in ONE day!

So, you stay on that soapbox. And, may we all take up a soapbox sermon each day so as not to become lax again!