I sat before my computer trying to figure out what I wanted to write in
remembering what occurred a year ago yesterday, I thought of many things: The
shock of opening my eyes to answer a phone and being told to turn on my
television, then watching unbelievably as the World Trade Center burned. That
was bad enough, but the one photo that will never be erased from my memory bank
is of the second plane heading into the other tower.
lot has been written about the firemen, police and medics who lost their lives
that morning and of course of the more than 2300 civilians killed as they tried
to escape their fate. And many tributes have been bestowed on those who took
back control of the fourth plane and crashed in a field. And every word said
about the men and women who gave their life's were earned and gratefully
bestowed. But, you know what, I have not seen a lot written about the
passengers who rode in the three planes that crashed into the WTC and the
Pentagon that terrible morning.
they know their fate before it happened? What thoughts were going through their
minds as they saw their plane being taken over by a group of evil men. And when
they saw the plane turning towards the towers (or towards Washington D.C.) what
were they thinking? What did they really know? One can only imagine those
thoughts? Was there any communication from the airplanes prior to the crash?
I'm sorry, but I have been unable to remember much being said about them. And there
were quite a few passengers killed that morning! Are they being considered for
remembrances and how have their families coped with the loss? Are they being
compensated by the government and from the funds donated to every charity in
America? I would truly like to know. There were a lot of unsung heroes that
morning and many of them have been honored. But to the best of my recollection
no memorial has been mentioned dedicated to the passengers of the three planes.
I could be wrong and I hope I am. Will they be part of the WTC memorial?
thing is for sure Americans everywhere stopped for a few minutes yesterday and
remembered the morning of 9/11. And, in their thoughts, I'm sure they thanked
God they were not in one of those jets, nor in those building. And they also
mentally thanked those men and women who fought a losing battle to save the
buildings and who did save over 20,000 civilians that morning.
to 9/11 we always respected our firemen, police and emergency medics who work
24/7 to protect our property and us. Now we wave at them and actually come out
and say "Thanks." Why does it take a major disaster to bring out the best in
And how many
of us rushed out to purchase an American flag so we could show our patriotism
by flying it outside our home or on the car? It was beautiful to see cars and
trucks going down the road displaying our flag. The American spirit was alive
and well and we showed it. But why have we not continued it today, tomorrow and
a good question I think. One I'm sure that cannot, nor will not be answered
today. Not by me at least! I know not why we do the things we do, I only know
that we always rise to the occasion for the time it is needed. Then we slowly
return to normal. I believe that is what makes us, Americans all, so darn great
when we need to be great. It is the American way and thank God for it!
think that's it for this week. I'm outa here!
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