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Remembering 9/11: How I remember the events of that day

Philosopher George Santayana said, “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”  Most of us remember where we were when we first heard the news of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and the crash of United Airlines 93 in a field near Shanksville Pennsylvania.  It was a day that will forever be a part of all of us.  I was two days back from leave I had taken to Pennsylvania to visit my family.  I hadn’t yet signed in off of leave and my wife and I were getting ready to head out to pick up some groceries.  It was a beautiful September morning.  The sky had that crisp autumn look about it and the smell in the air telegraphed in nature’s way that winter was only a few short months away.  I remember my wife doing her hair in the bathroom when she told me to turn on the news, one of the World Trade Center towers in New York was on fire.  I turned on the TV and saw the terrible images of fire and smoke on the upper floors of one of the towers.  I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.  How could one of the World Trade Center towers be on fire?  As I watch in disbelief I saw another explosion from the second tower.  Immediately I said to my wife that something was wrong.  This feels like a terrorist act or something.

By this time we were both sitting on the bed in our bedroom with our eyes glued on the TV as events unfolded.  Within minutes after the second attack, rumors of hijacked aircraft being used as missiles started filtering in as reporters trying to make sense of it all were struggling to keep their composure.  They began showing footage of the second tower attack and you could clearly see a jet crash directly into the building.  What started off as a beautiful September morning quickly turned into a nightmare.  The unthinkable was happening and I all I could do was watch helplessly.  As the day unfolded more news poured in about this cowardly act.  I contacted my orderly room and I told them I was back from leave and would report as soon as possible.  I remember that day 11 years ago like it just happened.  The loss of so many innocent lives on that day should never be forgotten.  I believe in peace through strength and that we should always be prepared and ready and do everything in our power to reduce the chances of a cowardly act like the one that happened on 9/11 from ever happening again.  If we choose to forget the events of that day, then we are condemned to repeat them.  Below is a video tribute.

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Below is the U2 tribute from the 2002 Super Bowl.  I thought is was an amazing tribute.

God Bless America.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!


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  • Infidel de Manahatta September 11, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    If only Bin Laden and Al qaeda had been white, then the Democrats would have allowed us to declare war and kill the enemy. But since they are “peoples of color” we are stuck calling it a war on terror. We pretend that these people aren’t trying to kill us. Meanwhile we line up like sheep to be groped and abused at airports.

    Sorry. That’s just the way I feel.
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    • John Carey September 11, 2012 at 1:24 PM

      The problem with the left is that they’re so caught up with labeling and grouping people so they can make them believe they support their cause, they can’t see that some of these groups have it out for us. They can’t see the forest through the trees. Maybe they don’t care because in the end a divided America is what gets them elected. How sad is that?
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  • Steve Dennis September 11, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Thanks for sharing your story and for your service! We must never forget what happened on that day or those who lost their lives during the attack and the people who are currently defending our freedom.

  • Bunkerville September 11, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    And now today, on our day of remembrance, Egypt and Libya storm our embassy with loss of life, fly the al-quada flag, and Obama apologizes.
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  • Matt September 12, 2012 at 6:43 AM

    Thanks for the personal and heartfelt post John,

  • Teresa Rice September 13, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    Thank you for this touching post, John. Yes, we as Americans must never forget the acts of horror and tragedy which struck our nation that fateful day. Unfortunately it seems like many have forgotten. We must be ever vigilant against our enemies, against those who would perpetrate evil against us. We are called to rise up and fight against evil just as the Flight 93 passengers did on September 11, 2001.
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