WE WILL NEVER FORGET!

 

In remembrance of the day, of the lives lost, of the history and culture lost on that day… I will not be online between 8:46 and 10:28 am EDT today.

If anyone is interested, I am posting a basic timeline below.

For the full unabridged timeline, click HERE and visit the memorial site.

• 7:59 am – American Airlines Flight 11, a Boeing 767 with 92 people aboard, takes off from Boston’s Logan International Airport en route to Los Angeles.

• 8:14 am – United Airlines Flight 175, a Boeing 767 with 65 people aboard, takes off from Boston; it is also headed to Los Angeles.

• 8:20 am – American Airlines Flight 77 takes off from Dulles International Airport outside of Washington, D.C. The Boeing 757 is headed to Los Angeles with 64 people aboard.

• 8:41 am – United Airlines Flight 93, a Boeing 757 with 44 people aboard, takes off from Newark International Airport en route to San Francisco. It had been scheduled to depart at 8:00 am, around the time of the other hijacked flights.

• 8:46 am – Mohammed Atta and the other hijackers aboard American Airlines Flight 11 crash the plane into floors 93-99 of the North Tower of the World Trade Center, killing everyone on board and hundreds inside the building.

• 9:03 am – Hijackers crash United Airlines Flight 175 into floors 75-85 of the WTC’s South Tower, killing everyone on board and hundreds inside the building

• 9:37 am – Hijackers aboard Flight 77 crash the plane into the western façade of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., killing 59 aboard the plane and 125 military and civilian personnel inside the building.

• 9:59 am – The South Tower of the World Trade Center collapses.

• 10:07 am – After passengers and crew members aboard the hijacked Flight 93 contact friends and family and learn about the attacks in New York and Washington, they mount an attempt to retake the plane. In response, hijackers deliberately crash the plane into a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, killing all 40 passengers and crew aboard.

• 10:28 am – The World Trade Center’s North Tower collapses, 102 minutes after being struck by Flight 11.

• 5:20 pm – The 47-story Seven World Trade Center collapses after burning for hours; the building had been evacuated in the morning, and there are no casualties, though the collapse forces rescue workers to flee for their lives.

I am thrilled to say that, though we’ve never forgotten, we have moved on and we stand proud and strong – rebuilding and showing our resilience as a nation.

Parents, teach your children the significance of that day fourteen years ago.

And PRAY today for everyone who lost loved ones on that day. PRAY thanks for everyone who volunteered that day to put their life on the line. PRAY for the leaders of our country, and for the people of the world.

PRAY for the salvation of those who do not know Jesus Christ. PRAY that they would see the truth of God’s love and accept the precious gift that Jesus gave to us more than 2,000 years ago.

God Bless You!

Never forget…

NEVER FORGET - RLM

© Rachel L Miller 2015

Do you remember where you were…?

Do you remember where you were on 9/11/2001?

RLMamishauthor:

It may have been written a year ago but this still, very much, applies.

God bless you today!

Originally posted on Home-school Mom Musings (now defunct blog): 09-11-2013

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Do you remember where you were that fateful day, when you found out about the Twin Towers and what was going on there?

I do. I always will. Only the forgetfulness of old age or Alzheimers could steal something like that from me. Of course, they say you remember your youth better than yesterday so I will most likely always have it. And with old age, it will probably be more fresh for me than anything else because it was such a huge thing, a life-changing event.
My life will never be the same after that day.

What I worry about it this: Will it ever mean anything to my children?

imagesI have a somewhat different perspective on this than a lot of people I know and a lot of people who have written about it. I was already “grown up” when the towers went down. I was twenty-two that year. I worked, went to school and went about the life of a young woman with no real responsibilities. Most of my friends already had kids by then but I didn’t have kids until almost two years later.

And I wonder, will they ever be able to understand? Will they ever be able to know what those towers meant for us? Or what it meant to us when we had to watch them going down?

I can remember when the Gulf War started. I was in middle school. I remember it was scary but it was also a world away so I never really understood what it all meant to me, for me. It was just something that was happening far away to people I didn’t know. What was the big deal, right?

And I have to ask myself… Is that the way my children will feel about 9/11?

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I will never look at the symbols 9/11 put together again without remembering that day. I will never hear someone say 9/11 without thinking back to it. I will never be able to look at a picture of the New York City skyline without tearing up. They’re gone and so many lives were lost unnecessarily with them. It doesn’t matter if they ever rebuild the towers.

I used to believe with all my heart that the towers should be rebuilt. Now I’m not so sure. No matter what they do, rebuild, memorialize the site or let it just sit there empty, the bad guys know they won. That was their victory. They don’t care that theydied. They care that they succeeded. They took away lives, memories, a symbol of our country and it’s ingenuity. They made the whole world tremble in fear that day and that was their victory.

imagesCAW2Q22NIf we build the towers again, they will still know that they managed, in one day, to destroy them. If we leave the site empty, they’ll know it’s because they did it. If we leave up a memorial, they’ll feel like we’ve erected a statue to them. No matter which way we go, they still won.

And my children may never understand. My children may never be able to look at that empty skyline and know why mommy sheds a tear. My children will never get to see those buildings standing there, so majestic and proud. They’re gone now. And those buildings will never be there again.

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I’m sure there will be a lot of posts written today about 9/11. It’s something we Americans feel so strongly about. There are so many of us who remember, will always remember.

We don’t want to forget.

Because forgetting is letting then win again. Forgetting is the way they hit us where it really hurts. When we remember, we say to them, “You may have won, but we will always remember that it was you. We will always remember what you did to us and we will do everything we can to keep you from doing it again!”

And we will always remember how the American spirit shown out of everyone that day. How people who didn’t know each other, people who were selfish at heart, people who were lazy at heart, banded together to save as many people as they could, get as many people to safety as they could, go in after stranded people.

And then we will remember that our troops went after those bad guys.

NEVER FORGET!

GOD BLESS YOU!