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    9/11/2001 ......... 9/11/2008

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    As I stood on that mound of dirt and looked out at the Pennsylvania field that September day, I was reminded of a quote by Martin Luther King, "the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge." That recovered strip mine in Somerset County is hallowed ground, as hallowed as the beaches of Normandy, Iwo Jima, Lexington Green or the fields of Gettysburg. It was there that 40 people rose up, joined together to fight back and gave their lives. They were a cross section of America in its truest form. Young and old, married and single, Christian and Jew, straight and gay, black and white, from coast to coast and between they joined together to fight an unspeakable evil.
    We'll never know how many people sleep comfortably in their beds tonight thanks to those heroic passengers. It might be your spouse or parents or your children or your nieces or nephews who might have been the intended targets of the hijackers that day. Instead, they made the ultimate sacrifice in that time of challenge.
    There were other heroes that day in the Pentagon and at the World Trade Center. From all the military personnel who waded through deadly fire and smoke to rescue unknown comrades because it was the right thing to do to the police officer who died after repeatedly pulling injured survivors out of the burning tower to lead them to safety and going back in to rescue more. Then there's the fire captain who led by example reaching the 78th floor with his men in the hope of rescuing survivors only to lose his life there. I thought of the lawyer who worked in the building next to the World Trade Center who was a part time paramedic grabbing his emergency bag, donning a pair of gloves and while others were fleeing to safety went into harm's way to rescue others and died there.
    I thought of these people as we served and felt the awesome responsibility to help identify them and bring them home to their families. It was in that time of challenge and crisis that they acted the way we all hope we would have acted. I thought of them as I drove past nearly three hundred miles of flags of every size and shape on the way back home to my family. Suddenly, the colors took on a new meaning in a much more personal way. I understand now why the red is a symbol for the blood spilled in the defense of liberty and purity of the white and the valor of the blue. The flag stands for all that is right with America and is as representative of its freedoms today as it was when first sewn over two centuries ago. When my children ask of heroes, I'll tell them of those who fell on 9/11.



    MKK 2001
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    Glad you started this thread, it won't go far though, but you did the right thing in putting it up here.
    There are a lot out there that would rather we never mention 9/11 again.

    America Won't Forget Though And America Won't Forget Who Did It.
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    Man do I miss those towers, everytime I see two objects side by side ex. it could be candles,stacks of newspapers,smokestacks etc. it all comes back to me. Everytime I see a picture of NYC theres something missing.......
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    There's lots of older movies shot in NYC ... it's moving everytime I see those towers. As I have said before, no life is worth more than another. But, the fire and police and security people never flinching going in there to save lives and they were walking into their tomb with no regard for their lives. That was as patriotic as it gets. Care for your fellow man and fellow citizens with no regard for race, nationality, political affiliation ... nothing but unbridled heroism and patriotism. It all flashes before my eyes everytime I see the towers ... they are so much more than just 2 tall buildings that used to be there.
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    Thanks for this thread guys. I heard some broadcasts from 9/11 yesterday, and it's hard not for me to get emotional when thinking about that day.
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    Friday marks the anniversary of the second most devastating attack on American soil by a foreign entity. I hope that, regardless of your politics, you all put your flags out in remembrance of the men and women who were murdered that day and the Men and Women who have lost their lives since.
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    Tomorrow is the 10th. You might mean two days from now. Try posting this again at midnight. :cool:
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    There all fixed.. better watch it or I'll tell you to go eat another burger with Rexy,,l
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    Six years ago on the second anniversary in 2003 I was in NYC and saw the Towers of Light...and put pen to paper......

    Memories of 9/11
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    I refuse to live in fear.
    I am an American.
    I will travel whenever I want in this great land of ours
    undeterred by the threats of others.
    I will take my children to our treasured landmarks
    and historical sites.
    I will not retreat form an adventuresome journey
    because of others with a disdain for our way of life.
    It is the legacy of our forefathers who shed their blood
    on battlefields throughout the world to protect
    our democratic institutions.
    I will show my children this country in all its majesty,
    from the beauty of a Pacific sunset to the bright lights of Broadway
    to the beacon held high by Lady Liberty.
    I will show them Ellis Island,
    the gateway to a new world with the hopes and dreams of millions.
    This nation was forged by an amalgam of spirited people
    who believed in self-determination.
    I will not bow to those who challenge that notion.
    It dishonors the memory of those who have gone before me.
    I refuse to let the actions of a few destroy my will.
    I will show my children the monuments to our presidents
    who persevered in times of crisis and triumphed over evil.
    I will show them Arlington National Cemetery
    and the graves of those who fell in the defense of freedom.
    I will show them a field in the rolling hills of Western Pennsylvania
    Where citizen soldiers fought back
    and gave their lives in the latest struggle.
    I have seen the horrors of that fateful day.
    I have watched as flags ruffled in the breeze unbowed
    as the smoke rose from the ashes.
    Its pungent odor and acrid smell did not destroy our spirit.
    I have heard the countless untold stories of heroism
    that will stay with me forever.
    To live timidly disgraces their honor.
    I will keep that dream alive.
    I refuse to live in fear.
    I am an American.

    MKK 9/11/03[/FONT]
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    You should see about getting someone to publish that and setting it up so that the proceeds go to the families who lost loved ones.. Or, even if you were to get it printed and send a copy to the families, I bet they'd appreciate it.
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    I've posted this a few times on this forum, but here is the U2 performance from Super Bowl XXXVI Halftime Show. Possibly the best performance of all time. I'll never forget turning to my father (whom I had never seen cry) and seeing tears stream down his face as Bono opened his jacket to reveal the American flag...

    YouTube - U2 Super Bowl halftime show 2002 - 9/11 Tribute

    This performance to this day still brings tears to my eyes.

    EDIT: Click the "HD" button at the bottom right of the video to get the high definition version of it.
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    Phoenix 343

    When you hear the echo
    in your head -
    the sigh of those
    too sudden dead -
    When all their screams
    remain behind
    to haunt your dreams
    and fill your mind -

    When lonely eagle
    feathers fall -
    when all you see
    at night in bed
    is crumbling wall
    and dancing flame -
    Recall the terror
    without shame -
    shed the tears
    then still your fears -
    and gracefully arise -

    Arise -
    and put
    your tears and fears
    aside.
    Put to rest
    the violence
    inside.

    Let the shadows disappear -
    Let the smoke and fire clear -
    Hold instead, the memory
    of once what was -
    and once will be -
    for from the ashes
    that remained -
    from all we lost
    we learned -
    we gained -

    Some memories, Love,
    they will not fade -
    The heroes came -
    they stayed -

    They stay.

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    There were 2,993 lives lost on 9/11. Most of them had no idea of what was coming. 343 of them knew exactly what they might expect - and they went in anyhow.

    Most men become heroes by fate or by accident - but not all. Some have simply chosen a way of life which puts them in danger each time the tone sounds or the bells ring. They have agreed with fate to deliberately put themselves in harm's way in order that others may live.

    They go in places no one else dares to enter - sometimes they don't come out.

    On 9/11/2001 343 men went in and and didn't come out.

    They are, in every sense of the word, heroes.

    Hug a firefighter - tell him "Thank you." Tell your children to tell him so, too.

    nytimes.com/library/national/091101rescuers.html

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