9/11/01 9 Years Later; Never Forget

A relatively short post today. Last Sunday I asked your thoughts about 9/11/01. All week long I thought briefly about it, but wasn’t getting too deep into it because, well, it seemed that life was going on, and people were saying they were ready to move on.

I changed my mind. I’m not really going to dwell on it all day long. However, it’s important to show a few images from that day, some very disturbing things, and then close with something sort of positive, though not exactly what I wanted to show. And this article is posting at the time the first plane hit.

This first clip is of the first tower of the World Trade Center being hit. There’s graphic language, but I believe it can be forgiven this one time:

This next clip is of the second tower of the World Trade Center being hit, with commentary about the first one going on before you see it. Strange thing that there’s not a single clip of anyone on the other side of the WTC getting a real shot of it being hit, but seeing this plane, which I saw live at the time, is still chilling after all these years.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any real clip of the Pentagon after it was hit, and the same obviously goes for the plane that went down in Pennsylvania. The folks who helped take that plane down and giving their lives for many others took a lot of courage, and in my mind they were heroes as well as anyone else.

This next clip was the first large assembly of people in the country after this event took place, and I watched it live because I wondered what they would do. The WWE has always been upfront in its support of the troops of this country, and they didn’t let me down here.

This final clip isn’t the one I wanted to show, but NBC has a lock on the copyright and, to date, has never allowed the clip to be seen by anyone after the first few copies got out. Saturday Night Live did a show 4 days later, which was the opening show of the new season. They asked Paul Simon to come in and sing The Boxer, and had Mayor Rudy Guiliani and a host of police and firemen standing behind him as he performed the song by himself with just his guitar. I thought it was drastically inspiring, and why NBC has kept a lid on it I’ll never know. No matter; here’s a different clip of Paul Simon singing the same song, in an odd way more of what New York City used to be than it is now, or actually was on 9/11/01.

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Sunday Question – Your Thoughts About 9/11/10?

It may seem strange writing about this topic 6 days before we get there, but it makes for a better Sunday Question than just a post on the day, although I’m not ruling out saying something on the day as well.

Next Saturday is the 9th anniversary of the planes flying into the World Trade Center and pretty much changing our world forever. That could sound like hyperbole until you think about it. Two wars came from that. Extremism took another step forward to the point where terrorists are using children for suicide bombs. There are so many more things we have to do now before we can get on an airplane. We have a Department of Homeland Security. The FBI has been given the right to bug any one of us without a warrant just by saying it’s terrorist related and there’s not a thing we can do about it. And there’s this stupid battle over whether a mosque should be allowed to be built near the former area of the World Trade Center, as if Muslims weren’t also killed on that day and as if there’s any legal standing to prevent them from doing so.

Emotions for many are still high about that day. And yet, in many other ways it’s business as usual. My wife is going to some housewares party. Many universities will be playing football on that day, and all professional sports will go on as usual. It’s a Saturday after all, and it’s 9 years later. On Facebook two weeks ago someone said that it’s still too soon for certain things to be occurring and I asked just how long is long enough? And trust me, I get it; my dad passed away 8 years ago and I’m still bothered by it. Mark David Chapman shot John Lennon almost 30 years ago and people are still mad. The Manson family murders occurred more than 40 years ago and people are still mad. Brown vs. Board of Education was decided in 1954 and people are still mad. World War II,… you get the picture.

It’s a simple question then, probably answered differently for those in the United States than those elsewhere. What thoughts do you have as we approach the 9th anniversary of the second day that will live in infamy?

The World Trade Center

The World Trade Center








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