Remembering 9/11/2001 - A Tribute To The Fallen

Submitted by: ElectricEye 2 years ago in Misc

A simple, yet incredibly powerful short poem:

List of Dont Forgets and Remembers

We were eight.

Before September 11th, we would wake up with a list of Dont Forgets
Dont forget to wash your face
Dont forget to brush your teeth
Dont forget to do your homework
Dont forget to wear your jacket
Dont forget to clean your room
Dont forget to take a bath

After September 11th, we wake up with a list of Remembers
Remember to greet the sun each morning
Remember to enjoy every meal
Remember to thank your parents for their hard work
Remember to honor those who keep you safe
Remember to value each person you meet
Remember to respect others beliefs

Now we are nine.

The annual Tribute in Light, commemorating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center consists of 88 lights requiring more than 7,000 watts each.

A very moving video tribute to all fallen that day.

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On September 11, 2015, the annual memorial ceremony of remembrance airs on multiple TV channels for Americans to watch across the nation. Generally, a moment of silence is observed, beginning at 8:46 a.m. when the first tower of the World Trade Center was hit. The ceremony takes place at the 9/11 Memorial Plaza and six moments of silence are observed, marking when the World Trade Center towers were struck and fell, when the Pentagon was hit, and when Flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania.



I can still remember vividly how I felt, where I was and what I was doing when the attack hit.
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Male 13,630
I think it should be, Pearl Harbour was WW2, Alamo, similar, atrocities and awful things occur in wars. This was a peaceful day shattered by something so fecking terrible and unreal, not made any better by the Gazillion tin foil hat wearers who continue to blather on about this n that
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Male 15,271
All this jingoistic and chauvinistic patriotism that you dress the event in is the mechanism by which the rich took power from the people.

9/11 has less to do with terrorism and islam than the installation of the machinery of the wealth gap.
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Male 1,692
I despise 9-11. It was our collective loss of innocence.
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Male 1,692
Or the pictures on the LIRR stop a few blocks from my house. Photos of loved ones with phone numbers asking for callbacks when they`re found.
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Male 1,692
Or about the girl I knew that lived with her a mother a cleaning lady that cleaned the offices on the 90th floor. She was alone on September 12th.
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Male 1,692
Or how about my friend the fire captain that was on the ground doing his job getting rescuer`s into the burning buildings only to be killed when a WTC jumper landed on top of him.
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Male 1,692
So much pain on this date. September 12th in NYC was when it hit me.

Co-workers and friends lost forever. Families torn apart. I;ve said this before, but I never knew sorrow until a co-worker sobbed on September 12th and mentioned that over 60 people she had worked with for over 20 years were killed while they waited in the WTC offices for rescue.

R.I.P.
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Male 7,123
@turdburglar,

"I know that foreigners think of 9-11 and immediately think America had it coming."

Sorry you feel that way. Maybe some. But I recall stunned disbelief and horror as the immediate reaction where I was.
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Male 118
We were dismayed and frightened, but our unbounded courage pulled us together. Now war has come and we must meet it as united Americans regardless of our attitude in the past toward the policy our Government has followed. ... Our country has been attacked by force of arms, and by force of arms we must retaliate. We face an enemy that sees us as nothing but a blight to be eliminated. A personification to be destroyed. We as a country must accept this challenge to our home, heart, and family. Nothing in our collective consciousness drives us to want to destroy... Yet... We come to defend, and we can not defend with kind words. If protection means complete and total annihilation of those that wish our loved ones harm, so be it.
Some one may cry over you, those whom tried to hurt us, it will not be me.
Never forget, never surrender.
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Male 5,475
turdburglar: no hard feelings at all
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Male 39,955

I always avoid/ignore all this memorial crap.
Okay, the 10th aniversary, but every freakin` year?
We didn`t do that for the Alamo.
We didn`t do that for Pearl Harbor.
We didn`t do that for [name your tragedy here]

Stop holding on to the pain. Let go and move on.
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Male 4,891

Also...

What does
"we were 8. Now we are 9" mean?

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Male 4,891

cont.

It wasn`t the govt. who was attacked. By the end of the day blood banks were packed with lines of people trying to donate. American flags were flying everywhere. Not only at houses, but cars and trucks drove down the road with flags in the windows and trailing behind.
No one knew how to help but everyone wanted to do something. To help or support.
I know our govt. is evil. Every American knows it. Our govt. wasn`t attacked. When the America haters here at IAB comment today, they should remember that. And that an Americans are as different as russians, british, irish or italian.
Just normal jack holes trying to live, eat, and raise little brats. Those who were attacked and effected were no more involved in the govt. actions than YOU are with YOUR govt.
Bottom line is...DON`T KICK A PERSON WHILE HE/SHE`S DOWN. (That`s what yesterday and tomorrow is for.)
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Male 4,891

I was a young strapping man back in 2001. Listing to the wacky morning radio show on my way to work. (metal fabrication. Designing, cutting, welding custom parts for excavation equipment...like tractors and stuff.)
I had never even heard of the "twin towers, world trade center, Taliban" or whatever. Then we started to hear that America was under attack. The wacky radio guys were acting serious.

By the end of the day everyone and everything around was different. I know that foreigners think of 9-11 and immediately think America had it coming. In a way, it did. But when you say that, you are referring to govt., foreign policy, oil, etc... but what happened IN America was people dying and everyone else, frantically, trying to figure out what they can do to help.


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Male 4,891

Thanks for the support guys.

@Monk -
I hope there are no hard feelings. We are on completely different wavelengths. It`s not that I always disagree with you, it`s that when we agree, it`s for completely different reasons....and we also disagree a lot.

But,

I would like to see you stay at IAB. Same reason I want Trump to stay in the presidential race.
Just like trump, you gotta know when to say your thing, and when you are about to get kicked out of the party.

Maybe it`s because IAB has been away for awhile, and all our complaining and flame wars have been dammed up?

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Female 8,043
Now back to paying our respects.


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Female 8,043
Two bannings in, you would think you would know not to pull that crap anymore.

I didn`t delete your comments here, but I have in the past and would do it again, because we all know how you operate.

I have tried to let you speak your side. I have allowed your posts and tolerated your skirting bans before. You should have learned your lesson by now. And yet you keep trying to push the envelope.

In the `first place` I said what needed to be said years ago with you. You know the deal. Just play by the rules and be respectful, just like I would ask of anyone else on here.
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Male 5,475
kitteh9lives: Thanks for speaking up, i`ll let it go here then. i wish you would have just said so in the first place
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Male 5,475
turdburglar: it is not lunacy to seek the absolute truth about what happened that horrific day, it demonstrates a greater respect and tribute to the fallen. I could say that what your saying is the same thing, but i understand it`s a sensitive issue and am not a bully. As you said already, there are still holes/lies surrounding it. It should be our goal to understand those, regardless of what they may reveal, and not ignore the pursuit of truth out of fear. Especially when so many policies have been made on what happened that day, and an even greater number have fallen since due to it.
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Female 8,043
I have the power to delete someone`s comment and I have and will, especially when it`s an idiot that has been banned twice before for the exact same practice of spamming threads with crap that is already posted in another thread.

Monk you are this close to another banning and I will make sure you never come back under any name if you don`t learn to respect other people and to follow the rules.

You have your own post to spew your garbage in, stay on it and spew away.

I may sound harsh but damn we just came back and all the nut cases have to jump on and be total asses.

STOP IT OR I WILL STOP IT FOR YOU. DONE WITH IT.
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Male 3,649
I completely agree with @turdburglar.

And, I too always leave a note when I delete comments (which doesn`t happen very often). I like things to be transparent, plus it leaves documentation as to exactly why I deleted it, should I be questioned or if I forget.
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Male 2,729
@jaysingrimm

Wow...that statement literally gave me chills. Well said.
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Male 2,729
Hey and thanks Turdy well said
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Male 2,637
There`s 364 days to ask why, but only one day we are asked to remember the confusion and grief, the bravery and unity.
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Male 2,729
Regardless of what caused it or who was really behind it, American Citizens died that day. This post was presented as a memorial to them and their loved ones. I would hope that even if you beleive it is a HUGE conspiracy, you would be able to at least show some respect for the people that lost their lives that day.
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Male 4,891

Monk -

Sorry, that last bit came out a bit harsh. What I meant to say is that we argue and debate here at IAB. We aren`t solving important questions and enlightening the world here.
On a post that is meant to be about remembrance, maybe we shouldn`t fight. I think that is why you were given your own post.

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Male 4,891

Monk -

I`ll tell you when I delete your comment. This time I didn`t, but if I see any of your nonsense on this thread, I won`t hesitate.

I agree that deleting comments is poor sport when you simply disagree with what they say. BUT, this is a post specifically about 9/11 remembrance. NOT your lunacy. You have an open forum and your VERY OWN POST. Please keep it there.

I know it`s a lot to ask for you to show some class, respect, and just plain common courtesy...but try your best.

I know you feel like you have a crazy opinion that you want to share, but if you can`t just chill out on 1 thread on the anniversary of a nations tragedy, then you need to have a deep look at yourself. Is it really about the truth, or is it about YOU and your hatred for America?
Remember...it`s poor sport to kick people while they are down.

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Male 5,475
lol, i love it when people delete my comments, it reminds me of:


If i had the power to delete someone`s comment i still wouldn`t, since it`s quite easy to run people into the ground with their own arguments. But i understand that with me you have nothing else. I suppose that`s the type of `freedom` the deleter stands for, after all, it`s quite in line with the loss of freedoms since the aforementioned event.
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Male 414
I`m confused MonkWarrior, and before I jump to some conclusion about your thought process, is there a reason why you felt it necessary to post this when you already did so in a submission of your own?
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Male 3,496

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Male 2,729
Link: Remembering 9/11/2001 - A Tribute To The Fallen [Rate Link] - I can still remember vividly how I felt, where I was and what I was doing when the attack hit.
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