Friday, September 11, 2015

And It Continues...

Fourteen years ago today, September 11, 2001,  the United States of America suffered a horrendous, coordinated attack by Islamic extremists that took nearly 3,000 lives at three separate venues.

That date produced tragedy and heroism - and a lifetime of grief for those with loved ones who were killed in those cowardly attacks.  Those innocent people who died that morning, and the brave first responders who went into the bowels of the World Trade Center Towers and the Pentagon looking for survivors, will remain in my heart forever.  On this anniversary of that date I want to specifically remember two of the victims - the youngest and one of the most heroic.

Today Christine Hanson, who died along with her parents when they were vaporized when their airplane crashed into the World Trade Center, would have been sixteen years old.  She would have been a junior in high school, perhaps on the cheer squad or a star on the soccer team.  Or, perhaps, she would have been a budding musician or actress.  Or, she might have been an outstanding student.  Or, perhaps she would have fallen in love by now.  We will never know, because that young life was snuffed out.

Todd Beamer was a 32 year old software salesman, father of two sons and a daughter that would be born in January, 2002, just a few months after 9/11/01.  She is 13 years old today.   Beamer and other passengers attacked the hijackers of Flight 93, keeping it from attacking the apparent target in Washington, D.C.  The plane crashed in a field outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

I've written about this attack for several years on or around this date.  Here are links to what I've written in the past.


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Anonymous Where's My Coffee? said...

Your blog on this is just as poignant today as it was all those years past. Still painful. We have learned so much since then, and yet, nothing. Let's pray it never happens again.

9/12/2015 08:54:00 AM  

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