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…

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© Rachel L Miller 2015

Memorial Day…

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Many people don’t know this about me… I was in N.J.R.O.T.C. (Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps) in high school.

My senior year, I really wanted to join the military but a bad knee (which probably could have been fixed easily) and my weight (remnant of my unhappy school experience) kept me out.

I will never know if that had been part of God’s plan for me or not because it’s too late now.

I don’t take just Memorial Day to “remember” our troops, or to Thank our troops for what they do every day, or to pray for our troops!

I appreciate people reminding friends and loved ones that today is not about barbecues or shopping – but in my humble opinion, it is far better for you to barbecue today… and express your thanks and appreciation to our troops EVERY DAY!

 

Freedom is not free! It has a price and that price is paid EVERY DAY so it follows that it should be remembered and appreciated EVERY DAY!

GOD BLESS YOU!

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!

 

~ Rachel

 

© 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!

Tomorrow…

The bad thing about sweeping clean your past is that, sometimes, you lose things …

About a year ago, I deleted several of my old blogs because I just hadn’t been using them and along with that went a really great post I had written about 9/11.

It’s been more than two years since I’ve even looked at that post so I don’t remember all that I said and that is one of the reasons I have started saving the text from all of my posts now.

I’m not going to imitate that post, I’m not even going to try but I am going to try to do justice to the spirit of it all…

Thirteen years ago – tomorrow, I was standing in the electronics department of Target, trying to figure out what crazy person would make a movie about such an unthinkable event… when I realized it wasn’t a movie preview at all but a REAL NEWS REPORT.

I stood there for probably an hour before I thought to even look away from the screen – and only then because they took a commercial break… which, to be honest, I was shocked they would do that but I guess even news people need a bathroom break now and then.

By that time, the first tower had already gone down (about two minutes after I had started watching, the second tower had been hit) and I was in a state of shock.

My aunt and uncle had been planning a visit to New York… were they even now, trapped in one of the burning towers?

A friend of my mom’s had recently started a job as a flight attendant, working out of New York… had one of those planes been hers?

Someone I went to high school with had moved here from New York and went back frequently to visit family… could he be in one of the towers right this minute?

Your mind, well my mind anyway… can come up with some pretty wild and crazy ideas when under duress and my imagination was working overtime.

I left about the time they started showing closeups tower two… if you don’t know what was going on at that time, I’m not going to be the one to tell you but it was too much for me. Yes I know… to say that something like that could be too much for me when you consider what  was watching at that moment.

I was not alive when President Kennedy was shot. I was very young when Challenger exploded and I really didn’t understand the implications of Operation Desert Storm and all that went with it.

But this… this was something I was watching with my own two eyes on LIVE television and it really hit home for me.

This was an act of war. This was an attack on my country. This was a tragedy of epic proportions. This was an experience that would leave me forever changed, heart-broken, angry for months… Something that would bring tears to my eyes every time I looked at the word September on a calendar, something that would stay with me forever – changing the way I look at everything.

And now, as a mother of two children who were born three years and six years after this unthinkable horror took place, how do I explain to them what that meant to this country? How do I explain to them how horrific the experience was? How do they ever understand the state of the country now… and how is it ever supposed to make sense to them?

Sadly enough, there will be events that happen in their lifetimes that will impact them in the same way as 9/11 changed my own life… it’s just human nature. And, until Jesus comes to take us home, we will continue to see war, cruelty and the inhumane acts of evil men (and women) everywhere.

But as for me and my house, we continue to pray and hope for the day when we no longer have to watch children being mistreated or killed, the day when human beings treat each other with love, the day when we all become one big family and eternity begins.

Until then, we will continue to pray for our country and the people who live in it. We will continue to pray that the amazing words of Jesus reach as many hearts as possible before that last day for so many of us arrives.

God Bless You and Good Day!

©Rachel L Miller 2014