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2014 Remembering 9/11/2001

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Just weeks away, we will be looking back at the most horrific scene ever to take place on American soil. It was on September 11, 2001 that America witnessed a terrifying scene of death and destruction that took the lives of nearly 3.000 people. It disrupted and changed many lives forever.

There are still survivors who have relived the horror of that day every 9/11 since then. Some have found a certain amount of peace but the memory of what happened that day is still vivid in the minds of many who witnessed it either first hand or watched it on TV in absolute horror as the two planes flew directly into the Twin Towers.

The explosion on impact filled the towers with flames and smoke as people tried to escape the inferno. Many were trapped on the upper floors because of the intense flames that were spreading everywhere. Some, rather than burn to death, leaped from windows to escape the flames

There were many first responders who put their lives on the line to try to save those trapped in stairwells as they tried to flee to the lower floors and to safety. Many would die including some of those first responders who bravely went into the burning towers to rescue as many as they could.

At 8:46 the North Tower was hit and at 9:03 the South Tower was hit. Fire continued to spread and the smoke grew thicker. Suddenly at about 9:59 a.m. the South Tower collapsed and 29 minutes later, the North Tower fell, spreading giant billowing clouds of ash and smoke that rolled through the city at an alarming rate. Those in the area were literally running for their lives. It was like watching some kind of horror movie, only this was real.

The clouds of ash and smoke covered a huge area; everything and everyone was covered with the gray ash that was flying through the air. Once the smoke had cleared away, the first responders who hadn’t been killed in their efforts to save lives in the towers began to search for anyone who might still be alive in all the rubble. They did finds some who miraculously survived, but as time went on they began recovering bodies.

This was a time in our history that would be etched in our minds forever. For those of us who witnessed it either up close or on TV, it has become a scene that continues to live in our minds; the day when evil touched our lives on our own soil

If anyone who reads this would like to share their story, just go to my Facebook page and send it in a message or if you prefer, leave it in a comment here. Just let me know your name and where you were when you saw or heard the news. I will only use initials or first names in identifying those who tell their stories unless they tell me otherwise.

I would also like to ask each of you to participate in an event that I have been trying to get off the ground for several years. I am hoping that one day it may become an annual national event that people will automatically participate in on every 9/11 anniversary.
It is a simple event and only takes two minutes of your time on that day, so I hope you will give it some thought and decide to participate. A dear friend of mine, Rick Trader, host of the Conservative Commandos Radio Show that is broadcast every Monday – Friday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. runs a public service announcement about it every day from July until 9/11. He has done this for the last three years counting this one. You can tune in to his show by using one of the following links: www.ccrshow.com or http://wnjc1360.com/listen-live/

What I would like for every American from coast to coast to do on 9/11 is at exactly 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. to either observe one minute of silence or say a prayer for the victims and their families and perhaps include a prayer of gratitude for living in a country where even 9/11, as horrific as it was, could not weaken the spirit of our great nation. That is all there is to it. It doesn’t require you to be at any particular place, to travel anywhere, or take you away from where you are. It takes only two minutes of your time to remember those that died and their families and give thanks for living in the greatest country on earth.

Here is the list of questions for telling your story about 9/11:

I have a favor to ask of you; I'm writing a kind of follow-up article about 9/11. Would you post something here that would answer the following questions so I could use them in the article? I may not be able to use all of the responses, but I will reference as many as I can without making the article too long. Thank you in advance for any responses that you give. Please think carefully about your responses as I want to them to be felt by those who read them that somehow they may connect with yours as a way to find some hope and maybe some clarity and healing from their experiences. I want to know if they were first hand or if they came in some other way. It doesn't matter, just tell me, if you will what you experienced by answering these questions:

Where were you and what was your first thought that day as you witnessed the events of 9/11?

Did 9/11 change your life? How?

Did 9/11 change you as an individual? How?

Did 9/11 influence you in any way spiritually?

Did 9/11 change the priorities in your life? How?

Just reply to the ones that apply to you. Please include as much detail as you can; it will help me in deciding which ones I can use. The others, I would like to save for possible use in a future article(s). You can send your replies in a message. Thank you. I would like some replies in the next week or two so I can include some of your answers in my 9/11 follow-up article.

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