Wednesday, September 11, 2013

91101 And Another Middle Eastern War

A SAD REMEMBRANCE

Today, September 11, 2013, we mark the 12th anniversary of that horrible day on September 11, 2001 when nearly three thousand Americans lost their lives when cowards crashed commercial airliners into the World Trade Center Towers and the Pentagon and a fourth plane was crashed in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania to avoid another Washington, D.C. tragedy.

IMAGES BURNED INTO MY BRAIN
I've written about this each year since I began my blog and every year this exercise drags back into the forefront of my mind the horrific images many of us saw unfold that morning.  One of the ones that sticks with me the most is the image of dear little Christine Hanson, just over two-years-old at the time, who was killed with her parents that morning - their bodies shredded and vaporized as the building imploded.  There are so, so many more...

PREVIOUS REMEMBRANCES
You can read what I wrote for the past several years by clicking on these links:

ABOUT THIS DAY
You can also read the Wikipedia entries about Patriot Day - the official name of this date has now been changed to Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance - HERE.

ABOUT THAT DAY
You can read the Wikipedia account of the events of that day a dozen years ago HERE.

ABOUT THE VICTIMS
And, you can read the CNN Memorial site for the victims of that day HERE.  I've had it on my homepage for many years, so you can click on it any time you wish in the future.

THE RAW NUMBERS
And, the raw numbers from and as a result of that day will stagger you, HERE.

NEVER FORGIVE AND NEVER FORGET
As our president prepares to, perhaps, launch us into yet another Middle Eastern military adventure, I think it's very appropriate to stop for a second and consider what the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have been all about.  We should never forgive and never forget.


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4 Comments:

Anonymous Mary Ann O'Connell said...

If we don't forgive this planet will trapped in this escalating cycle of war forever. The perpetrators and the masterminds have been caught and/or killed and the wars we fight are now so removed from this. We have so much hate in this nation for Muslims and Arabs which is not deserved.

I agree, we must never forget, but I believe we must forgive. We forgave the British, we forgave the Germans and Japanese, we forgave the Mexicans and we forgave our selves for wars fought here and abroad. We have to start to soften our hearts and forgive again. It leaves more room to love and cherish the memories of those we lost - that day and in the aftermath.

9/11/2013 08:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Ken Nyquist said...

I feel for the people who died that day, all of the injured and those who still have had to deal with the aftermath of that day.

9/11/2013 01:15:00 PM  
Blogger kwahlf said...

I will never forget that day ever.
Sometimes like today, it seems like it happened a few months or weeks ago.
The pain is still there as are the memories of all who we lost that day.
Prayers go out to all the families and friends of loved ones who died that horrific day.
We will never forget them.

9/11/2013 02:50:00 PM  
Blogger kwahlf said...

I will never forget that day ever.
Sometimes like today, it seems like it happened a few months or weeks ago.
The pain is still there as are the memories of all who we lost that day.
Prayers go out to all the families and friends of loved ones who died that horrific day.
We will never forget them.

9/11/2013 02:50:00 PM  

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