🗽 9/11 Weekend – Open Thread 🗽

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I remember seeing the 9/11 cross after that terrible day on September 11, 2001.  I watched the horrific event on television through my tears. I heard tears in the voices of many of the reporters who tried to explain what has happened even though they didn’t know or simply knew and couldn’t understand. We all wondered, who would do a thing like this? Who could?

I wonder if this had happened during the Obama Administration would there have been a 9/11 cross? Perhaps but the increasingly militant secular media might well have not reported about it. A melancholy thing to contemplate.

I remember a lot of talk about never forgetting. Now many have all ready forgotten. Many were too young to remember. Some simply don’t care. How that can be when we as a people and a nation were attacked and nearly 3 thousand of our people were murdered exceeds my understanding.

Now our government and our President seem to want to apologize for those of us who are still outraged by that. When did it become wrong to be outraged by monsters who murder?

Never forget they said and we wondered how could we? How would it be possible that such an atrocity would ever fade from our memories?

Ask the few remaining vets who saw the bombing of Pearl Harbor how that works. Memories fade for most while remaining all too clear for others.d4dJru7.png

Memory of horror fades for those that weren’t personally involved just as other memories do. Young people that barely remember that day aren’t invested in an event that seems like something “historical” rather than something to remember.

Except perhaps for those young people that grew up without a parent or those born after a father died on 9/11 and never got to know their father. They will always remember what 9/11 cost them and their family. There will always be a hole in their lives.

I doubt I will ever forget that horrible day. The sight of those planes being deliberately flown into the towers. The sound of people jumping to their death rather than be burned alive. No – I will never forget.

Their will be numerous “events” over this weekend; particularly on Sunday. Many politicians will manage to get their faces in the news pretending to care. They taint the day with their phony words.

Obama will utter his usual platitudes while many of us believe he cares nothing for this country. If anything  we believe he sides with the enemy that seeks to destroy our way of life.  A sad thing to believe of our president. A sad, bad thing and yet we have good reason to feel that way.

Friends and families of those lost will mourn again although hopefully without as great a pain as when the wound to their hearts was fresh. Time does ease pain. It doesn’t make it go away.

The 9/11 Memorial is praised by some and panned by others. Such is the nature of human beings. As time goes by most people will forget about the two tall towers that once dominated the skyline of New York.

Will the 9/11 Memorial become just another sight to see for visitors to New York? Just another tourist attraction? In another generation I suspect so. Hopefully not in this one.

The Pentagon is mended, it’s wounds no longer visible. It’s victims buried and forgotten by most.

  I’ll Never Forget What I Saw At The Pentagon After 9/11  

In summer 2005, I visited the Smithsonian’s American History museum in Washington DC with a couple of Marine friends. All of us were stationed in DC at the time. We were nursing wounds from our experiences in the Global War on Terror, and wandered around the museum admiring various pieces collected from our nation’s history.

I pushed one of my friends in a wheelchair because an improvised explosive device had shattered his leg; the same IED killed three of his friends. It had not yet dawned on me that a 9-11 exhibit might already be on display since it had only been four years, but we rounded a corner and there before us hung a massive American flag.

The room was crowded with visitors, many of them high school students. People were posing, laughing, and making funny faces as they took pictures. I was stunned. My friends were enraged. They turned to look at me. There we stood staring at the American flag that had hung on the side of the Pentagon days after 184 people were murdered on-site in this nation’s largest terrorist attack in history. We all thought: Is nothing sacred? Is four years long enough to forget? Is joking around appropriate in the face of such suffering and evil?

I haven’t even mentioned all the wonderful men and women who worked at “Ground Zero” so tirelessly. Many died from the air they breathed on the site. And the government fought their claim to health care. Despicable!
May God Bless those, living and dead who gave so much more than the rest of us.
 I wanted to write something profound and worthy of the memory of that day. I can’t. I haven’t the words. The images I posted speak louder than I can and express what I think and feel. I am a visual person and for me 9/11 is a wound in my heart and visions I still see behind my eyes and wish that I did not.
I can speak for no one but myself but I know that as long as I live, I will…

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30 Responses to “🗽 9/11 Weekend – Open Thread 🗽”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    Purple Haired Professor Rips Down 9/11 Memorial Posters

    By Katie Pavlich

    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2016/09/09/purple-haired-professor-rips-down-911-memorial-posters-n2216074

    Even a purple-haired pinhead like this liberal prof ought to know that there are certain days when you just have to suck it up and let people express their patriotism and love of country.

    I know it’s difficult for liberals to see people actually mourning for those slaughtered by vile followers of Islam but even a woman stupid enough in her middle-years to dye her hair purple in an attempt to “look” young and relevant should know better.

    Time to either remove young minds or old stupid ones from campuses. And since this cow probably has tenure, best to get your kids out of a place that thinks her intolerance is okay.

    Will someone please “stamp” her sorry ass unsuitable and unbecoming an institute of “higher” learning?

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Are you kidding me with this??? I mean, I know Pavlich isn’t usually a satire writer, but wow – what in the hell is WRONG with people?? Why are liberals so freaking SENSITIVE they cannot even tolerate PATRIOTISM??

      I am just SMH in disgust at this. Wow…

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

  3. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Thank you for this excellent post, Marge. This is such a difficult anniversary, isn’t it? I cannot help but shed tears whenever I think abt this terrible attack on our nation.

    And I shed more when I think abt the reactions of too many to this attack now, the excuses, the revisionism, the denial, and the way we have bent over backward to appease terrorists who seek to destroy us. Deplorable what has become of this nation since terrorists attacked us 15 years ago…

    Wow.

    Thank you, too, for the EXCELLENT Federalist piece. Again, I was moved to tears yesterday when I read it, read of this woman’s service to our nation, to the families of the fallen, and her willingness to endure the pain and sorrow of other so she could be a comfort and solace to them. She truly does represent the best of us…

    While some have forgotten, or worse yet, have not been taught what happened 15 years ago, may we never forget what happened on 9/11/01. And may we continue to hold the candle of truth about what actually happened that day as well as who perpetrated that horrendous attack on us…

  4. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    On a much different note, I have to share this wonderful story about a dog: http://www.ourpassionfordogs.com/amazing-procedure-restores-dogs-eyesight-his-reaction-will-have-you-in-tears/

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Thanks for this. Such happy news and happy pooch and his family help take the “taste” out of my mind of that purple haired harridan. Thank you.

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  6. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    This is how we have gotten to where are now. These kinds of “educators” (read: social activists pushing their ideology). If my kid was in one of these schools, I would yank them out so fast their head would spin: http://therightscoop.com/undercover-video-shows-extreme-communist-anti-cop-indoctrination-at-teacher-conference

    At least now we know how NYC ended up with a Socialist mayor…

  7. kenoshamarge Says:

    Kiss Leads Audience in Pledge of Allegiance—in the Middle of Their Show

    When I was a kid, I had friends whose parents wouldn’t let them listen to Kiss. Some of them claimed that the band was Satanic – the name supposedly stood for Knights in Satan’s Service, or something to that effect. Others thought the makeup and costumes too decadent for young eyes, not to mention the music. My parents, God love ’em, must have been too oblivious to know much about them.

    Well, it turns out that the guys from Kiss aren’t so bad after all. In fact, they’re one of the most patriotic bands in the rock world. Witness a recent show in Worcester, Massachusetts, where the band led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance and played a blistering rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner.

    https://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2016/09/09/kiss-leads-audience-in-pledge-of-allegiance-in-the-middle-of-their-show/

    I admit, and am ashamed to admit to a prejudice on this band based for the most part on how they look. I never would have pegged them to do this. Bless them for making patriotism “cool”.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I was neve much of a Kiss fan either, but when I saw that they had done this, I developed a whole new respect for them. Good for them for doing this!

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  9. kenoshamarge Says:

    Out of the ashes: The miraculous story of one 9/11 Pentagon survivor

    For Brian Birdwell, September 11, 2001 started out just like any other day. Before heading out to work at the Pentagon, he had said goodbye to his son briefly and then kissed his wife Mel on the cheek as he headed out the door.

    Birdwell, a Lt. Col. in the U.S. Army, anticipated a slow day at work, along with two of his coworkers, Sandy and Cheryl. But it wasn’t long until one of them received a call that a plane had flown into New York City’s World Trade Center.

    As the three watched the news, Birdwell said a little voice in his head told him he hoped it was an accident. But after the second plane crashed alongside the first, it was clear it was no accident, but an act of terror. Little did they know the Pentagon was the next target.

    https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/09/out-of-the-ashes-the-miraculous-story-of-one-9-11-pentagon-survivor#sthash.HfR5k9tr.dpuf

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      What a moving poignant story of faith, survival, and hope. Thank you so much for this.

      I think I have mentioned before that Suzy’s mother felt the ground shake whent he plane hit the Pentagon in their Arlington, VA home. The woman who had been Suzy’s father’s secretary when he was stationed there was one of the last ones to make it out alive from the section hit.

      So many lives altered that day – some directly, like Lt. Col. Birdwell – and others peripherally, but we were all affected by that attack in one way or another…

  10. kenoshamarge Says:

    The fact that people jumped to a certain death has always had the most impact on me personally. Perhaps it is because I am afraid of heights. There must have been some among those who jumped who had that fear too. And yet they jumped rather than face the fiery death behind them. I have tried and I cannot imagine such a horror and having to make such a choice.

    Being human we all see momentous events through our own particular perspective. I hope that doesn’t make it seem this is about me, because it isn’t. It is about trying to understand the horror of what fellow human beings experienced because of monsters.

    200 people jumped from the Twin Towers on 9/11. This is what it felt like to watch from the street below

    First responders ran in the opposite direction of the crowds, toward the death and destruction. 411 emergency workers in New York City died in response to the terrorist attacks on September 11. 343 New York firefighters, 37 Port Authority police officers, 23 NYPD officers, and eight emergency medical technicians. They died heroes, saving many lives through their sacrifice.

    https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/09/200-people-jumped-from-the-twin-towers-on-9-11#sthash.vk1OUmGT.dpuf

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I cannot imagine making that choice either, Marge. I don’t know what I would do but yeah, the act of jumping alone would be terrifying..

      What a powerful, moving story abt this man’s father, what he saw, what he did, and where we as a nation are now. I weep for what we have become, the dissolution of that unity we had just 15 short years ago, gone. The seeds of hatred and rancor have been sown and watered in ways I would not have believed and yet they have taken root regardless of fact or reality. In so many ways, we have forgotten, or too many of us have anyway…It makes me sad for where we are, and who we are becoming.

      I have to hope and pray we will turn our hearts away from this darkness and vitriol, and see this great nation for what it is: a beacon of hope for many across this globe. And that we will remember…

      Thanks for this!

  11. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    I just read this piece in our local paper. It moved me to tears as I remembered what this tiny town in Newfoundland did for so many on 9/11, giving graciously of their hearts, their homes, their food, and even their cars as needed. In the midst of such horrible evil was this amazing light, and it came from the small town of Gander:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/on-sept-11-a-tiny-canadian-town-opened-its-runways-and-heart-to-7000-stranded-travelers/2016/09/08/89d875da-75e5-11e6-8149-b8d05321db62_story.html

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Tiny towns with hearts so big and compassion so tall that it is hard to even imagine it in the world around us today. Bless all who gave so much. Bless all who from time to time restore our faith in humanity.

      I was particularly struck by the way Shirley Brooks-Jones stepped up and made her thanks work for people who hadn’t expected anything from their goodness. She epitomizes that old “can do” spirit of Americans that I often think is dead. But it sticks it’s head up all the time – we just don’t hear about it. And the people that are doing it see nothing special about what they’re doing, they just do it. I hope it spreads. I hope it grows. I hope it becomes so prevalent that nothing the left can do will destroy it. And nothing the media does to ignore it will matter.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Indeed, it really does affirm one’s faith in humanity at a time when that faith has been so shaken.

        And wasn’t that wonderful abt the Scholarship fund? You said it – that is the “Can do!” spirit for which we are known. So glad that it is still alive and well, as you noted.

        Thank heavens that, despite all that is going on around us, there is still goodness…

  12. helenk3 Says:

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/09/11/what-benghazi-attack-taught-me-about-hillary-clinton.html

    another 9-11 we should not forget.
    this is a must read article

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Hi Helen, we’ve missed you. Glad to have you back. You always find things we would otherwise miss. I learned something important from the link you provided. Something that makes a mockery of all the excuses from Hillary and her apologizers.

      I didn’t know this:

      U.S. law mandates the secretary of state to develop and implement policies and programs “to provide for the security … of all United States personnel on official duty abroad.”

  13. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    This Federalist article highlights the lack of analysis, or rather, ACCEPTANCE, abt who the enemy is we face: http://thefederalist.com/2016/09/11/15-years-911-still-dont-understand-enemy

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Understand the enemy? Hell, we’ve got a damn fool for President that is wandering the world apologizing if some of us are still “miffed” about 9/11.

      That’s one reason I never listen to his 9/11 speeches. He doesn’t mean them and he cares more about the terrorists maybe being called names and us showing some signs of “Islamaphobia” than he cares about the victims.

      Not too surprising then that his sympathy is usually for the crook and not the cop.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Yeah, I won’t listen to his 9/11 speeches, either. I was abt to change the channel to something else when President Bush came on to speak abt the children of those lost that day. It was powerful and poignant. Then Obama came on.

        Ugh.

  14. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    I can’t let this day pass without sharing one of my favorite tributes to this day:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      That tribute is my favorite too. Thanks for posting it. Now contrast it with where we have devolved with this administration and this president:

  15. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    I cannot stand this Administration The way we treat Israel is deplorable, as this most recent attack by our State Department against Netanyahu highlights. Oh, and Israel is the only other country besides the US to have all the names of the victims on its 9/11 memorial: http://legalinsurrection.com/2016/09/obama-admin-attacks-netanyahu-for-objecting-to-ethnic-cleansing-of-jews-seriously

  16. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    A friend had this up at Facebook. It is an incredibly inspiring rendition of the National Anthem at the Bristol Motor Speedway for the Tennessee vs. Virginia Tech football game:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      It brought tears to my eyes on so many levels. For one, this woman can actually do justice to the song – so many don’t have the voice or the range. She was wonderful. And the rest of the program – having the fans a part of it? All just terrific!

      Take that Kaepernick and the rest of you people who are not worthy to call yourselves Americans!

  17. kenoshamarge Says:

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