By granniesophie Latest Reply 2012-09-27 22:02:28 -0500
Started 2012-09-11 06:28:24 -0500

Today, let us all put aside, for just a moment, all our thoughts of what ails us, and say a prayer to whatever entity in which you believe, or just up to the Universe, for all those who lost their lives in a senseless tragedy one this day not so long ago, and give thanks to all of those who serve and protect us, in any capacity, so that we may remain free forevermore.
Let us never forget

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red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-09-12 23:08:14 -0500 Report

I agree, but not just for 9/11!! I am ready to move on and heal and all the hype doesn't allow it. I have a son who is Air Force and has been fighting from the get go. I read that this year there wasn't as big of a turn out, so I'm guessing I'm not alone.

MAYS 2012-09-12 17:16:32 -0500 Report

Living across the river from NYC, and spending so much time there, I appreciate all that the first responders have done and what they had to endure to finally get the benefits necessary for their healthcare was ridiculous, but it's better now than never!

How can I ever forget 9/11?
Looking across the river and not seeing the "Twin Towers" is depressing, although seeing the new "Freedom Tower" under construction does do my heart good!
God Bless the USA!

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2012-09-12 16:46:12 -0500 Report

I remember working at Sandy Cove in North East, MD. We watched it on TV. We went out and watched the skies. Yes, we were terrified. Had they been thinking right, the terrorist would have hit a bunch of small cities and only one big target. They would have put greater fear into more Americans. They would send the message, no one, not even in a small town is safe. Bet y'all glad I am not on their side!

pixsidust 2012-09-12 16:27:23 -0500 Report

I had a company I did business with that was on the 113 floor if I remember right. They were a branch office of a major corporation.
I think it hit me harder than their own corporate people. They had faces and names. Their loss changed everyone.

There were many hero's some in a uniform and some not. My lesson learned and my take away is to cherish, reach out and care about those around me…even if I do not know them

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2012-09-12 16:04:59 -0500 Report

My brother just sent me an email from a rock group doing the Star Spangled Banner. Never thought I would enjoy it, but I played it twice. Send me your email in a private message and I will forward this (and nothing else) to whoever wants it. Jim

margokittycat 2012-09-12 12:35:48 -0500 Report

I remember this so well. I was in my apartment getting ready to go to work when they interuptted the news and started showing the live feeds it was horriffic. I lost friends and family that day in a sensless tragedy and I remember it every year on the anniversary of it. JJ you need to chill and stop the attitude with post because I quite frankly am sick of it. If you choose not to watch it or not to remember it so be it but don't interupt those of us who choose to. No one in anyway ever said that the fire fighters or police men or women did not deserve to be recognized for what they do. If you want to get technical what about the doctors and nurses and the redcross and all the other people who went to help with the situation and do their jobs every day and put thier lives on the line.

You need to chill out and stop hating on everyone here and thier discussions that you don't like. If you don't like then don't post on it.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-09-11 20:24:40 -0500 Report

Although it was a tragedy, I no longer pay attention to this. I know it is hard on the families who lost loved ones and the rescuers who are now suffering from sickness because of this. After Katrina I vowed to no longer sit and constantly watch tragic events including memorial services. This morning I turned off the TV when they started broadcasting the services. Way too depressing for me.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2012-09-12 16:01:47 -0500 Report

I find it sad that you choose not to pay attention to this. If it was up to me everyday radio stations would play the Star Spangled Banner at noon, not only in memory of those who died and those that lost loved ones, but also for those that continue to serve our country (and us), in the service, on the poilice & firecrews and anyone else who is a 1st responder to such trageries. We do not need to live our lives in fear, but we do need to be aware that we are now and will forever be, open for attack. We can choose not to remember the killing of over 6 million Jews during WWII, it does not bring them back to life, but we still need to remember and do all we can to make sure it does not happen to the Jews, Catholics, Blacks, American Indians, or any other race or creed, and yes, even the Muslims. In any group I believe that 90%+ of the people are good and do not wish to do eveil, but that other 10% can be deadly.
Sonya, thanks for the reminder that we must never forget such tragedies.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-09-12 18:51:44 -0500 Report

Jim I said "Although it was a tragedy, I no longer pay attention to this. I know it is hard on the families who lost loved ones and the rescuers who are now suffering from sickness because of this. After Katrina I vowed to no longer sit and constantly watch tragic events including memorial services. This morning I turned off the TV when they started broadcasting the services." Just thinking about it causes me to be depressed and makes me angry so I would rather not think about it or view it. This was also a time when my father with Alzheimer's didn't understand what was going on and it broke my heart trying to explain it so he could understand and this was a man who stayed up on current events. This is another reason why I don't want to think about 9/11. I will always remember sitting next to his bed explaining this news to him and I don't want to remember my father that way. I do what is healthy for me and if you all don't like that, there is nothing I can do about it but you don't sit back and call someone a hater or tell them it is sad because a person doesn't observe something. Each person in this country has a right to choose to observe, participate or to pay no attention to something. Someone said on a talk show on the radio today they went about their business as if 9/11 did not happen because that was the only way they could heal themselves. It was time for him to let go of the anger and fear and sorrow because it was eating away at him so for the past 3 years he ignored 9/11 and was better in mind, body and spirit. I say great this person did what they had to do and so did I. They have that right and that choice. People do what they have to do to heal themselves.

I have always and always will support our troops. For Operation Desert Storm I had big yellow ribbons made for work and my house. I wore a MIA Bracelet for years for a Vietnam Vet. I don't support any war but I will support those who fight to keep our country not only free but also safe.

Can you tell me when the last time you picked up a boot and stood with firefighters on a corner to help them raise money for new equipment or for MS? I did it for 10 years until surgery caused me to stop volunteering because to this day I cannot hold anything heavy in my left hand for long periods of time. When was the last time you held a firefighter in your arms while he or she cried their eyes out because they lost a child in a fire or car accident? I have been down that road and it is a horrible, horrible, road to travel.

Can you tell me when was the last time you did anything with a group of police officers? I spend at least two to three times a month working towards closing the gap between the police department and the community. I have done that for over 12 years and I did that last night. When was the last time you had an officer sit on your front porch or front steps and talk about how he felt after one of his coworkers was killed. That happened two years ago. When was the last time you attended a Mass for Fallen Police and Firefighters or a special Mass to bless them. I have done that several times. When was the last time you had your Police Commissioner ask you how better his officers can serve the community. I go to quarterly meeting just for these kinds of meetings with our Commissioner. When was the last time the Mayor of your city invited you to speak with him or her to get your opinion on the hiring or a new police commissioner? I did that in July. So before you or anyone else call me a hater or tell me how sad it is that I don't want to observe 9/11 walk a mile in my shoes I do my share and more on a regular basis.

I do agree with you the Star Spangled Banner should be played everyday. I remember in school we stood for the Pledge and the playing of the Star Spangled Banner. At the school where I use to work they still did the Pledge but no playing of the Star Spangled Banner. There is a DJ I listen to and he starts his 6 AM Broadcast with the Star Spangled Banner every morning and one of the radio stations played it at noon yesterday. I don't know if other stations played it. I wasn't in the room with the radio so I didn't change channels to check. Our city held a huge Sailabration in June for the Star Spangled Banners Birthday at Fort McHenry.

I do agree with you 100% when you said 90% of the people are good irregardless of race, and religious beliefs and that the other 10% are deadly. These are the people that can do us the most harm. These 10% can be right here on our soil. I won't go to the Vietnam Memorial. Too many of my High School Classmates died in Vietnam, I can't handle that. I went to the Arizona and to Punch Bowl Cemetary. That was a horrible experience knowing all those men died in the Attack on Pearl Harbor. I will not nor will I ever live in fear. It can consume you. However, the one thing I have done in life is learn about other peoples cultures and traditions. I wasn't raised to hate anyone for any reason and hatred is learned. I was raised to treat people the same no matter who they are or where they are from and more importantly to respect their culture, religion and traditions.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2012-09-13 12:18:03 -0500 Report

To answer your question, I have just retired as an American Red Cross Disaster Volunteer. Yes, I spent 8 weeks in California after the big quake. I spent 6 weeks in the gulf after Katrina hit. This does not even begin to account for the 30 or so home fires that I responded to each year. On call 24/7. How many years did I do that for? Let me see. My oldest daughter is 33 and I was doing it before that, so let' say 35 years. My youngest daughter, now 31, use to go with me on the fire calls in the middle of the night. She would hear my pager go off and would be up and dressed before I got off the phone with the 911 folks. "Dad, can I go?" "You know you have school tomorrow" "I will be okay, I will sleep in the car" She was 8-10 at the time, but always carried "patch bear" with her. At the fire, a moile home fire, the family lost everything except each other. Their little girl was given Patch Bear by my daughter, her favotite toy. I cried, knowing I had done a good job at parenting.
I hope never to have a police officier on my front porch. If there is one there then something tragic has happend atmy house. Where I live, I have nno 911 address. I am 5 miles off the country rode, with the last 2 miles not paved. I have spent many hours applying cold packs to spent firemen and providing them with water and refreshments. I have received from firemen the body of a baby as he headed back in to see if there was anyone alive. I knew the baby in my arms was not and that baby was washed with my tears. No one in the trailer survived that fire and even though it was over20 years ago it still brings tears to my eyes. Forget it and leave it behind me? No, never. It helps me define who I am. It helps to make me the person that I am. It makes me treasure life. I went to the VN memorial years ago to say goodbye to "kids" I went to school with, to say goodbye to my cousin who jumped on a gernade, saving many of his comrades.
Me, I was raised that blacks, jews, poles, italians and the list goes on, were not as good as me. I learned differently and taught my kids differently. I am now, at 58, dating a woman from the Ivory Coast and Dad is possibly rolling over in his grave. Mom says, let him roll.
Since there are very few cities near me and the mayor, if there is one, is a guy from next door, I have not been invited to any of the hoopla that mayors do, because around here, they are just good old boys, volunteering for a job that is mostly thankless. Like my position as President of our subdivision. No pay, no benefits, al you do is get the complaints about the roads, the trees and anything else they can complain about. The HOA fees are $75 per year, less than .25 a day and with that I am suppose to maintain 3 miles of stone roads in good condition. Raise the rate? NO WAY! They won't even think of that, even though it has been the same since 1984.
Police commissioner? I don't even know the closest city that has one of those! We have a police chief, 1 full time ad 2 part time officiers, they are backed up by the county and stae police. They don't get paid much and that is why when asked if I could give a hand in building a handicap ramp for one of the deputies (For his child) I didn't hesitate. He supplied the lumber and screws, we supplied the tools, labor, drinks and food. By the end of the day we were done and had a BBQ, and one more family that had one less thing to worry about. We don't sit on committies and talk about stuff, we just do it. One of the guys helping was a guy the deputy had arrested a month before for DUI!
So joyce, does no longer paying attention to it make it go away, make it not having happened? If so, I think I will no longer pay attention to my birthdays, or to my aches and pains. That way, they won't be real. My objection to your post was that it seemed to attack those who do choose to remember what happened. All Sonya asked was for people to stop and remember those who died and those that have carried on. Your "tone" to me and others, suggested that you thought everyone should forget about it and get on with life. I for one will always remember. I never accused you of being a hater. If your post had said smething like, "I prefer not to remember this day as it causes me to be depressed" I think the reception would have been different. Jim

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