Remembering 9-11

Enjoy this repost from 9/11/10. 
I’m gathering my thoughts and feelings about the past few days .  I really want to share with you what I’m feeling right now, because I must acknowledge these blessings I have received.

But I also must recognize today… and here is why:

9-11

Where were you when you heard about the attacks?

I was on my way out the door to give birth to this little angel.

As we were leaving, my sister (who was staying with my two kids) had the TV on. I still remember walking through the kitchen and seeing Matt Lauer on the TV reporting that a plane had crashed into one of the World Trade Centers. At that time we couldn’t figure out such a horrible accident happened. We hopped in the car and turned on the radio in disbelief. As the events unfolded, we were in total shock about what we were hearing.

I know that you come to this blog to find the “deals”, but this day is still a tender one in my heart, as she was a blessing to receive on such a devastating day.

The climate of our country is so different now than what it was in the months that followed 9/11. I loved the feeling of Patriotism and the love of God and Country that existed in the United States. I miss seeing the American Flag out on nearly every home like we saw for months and months after the attacks. I miss that feeling of unity as a country, and how we turned to our Father in Heaven for understanding, peace, and comfort.

I am so grateful that I have the knowledge of His eternal plan. I’m so grateful for the blessing of Megan on that day. I fear that our country as a whole, is forgetting God and all that he has given and continues to give us…

 

I love this country and *I will never forget*.

Enjoy this beautiful video tribute, and go hang your flag and thank your servicemen.

ps – I would love for you to share your story about where you were.

{{hugs}}

Comments

  • Becky

    I was working for the Idaho Statesman at the time, running around delivering proofs of peoples ads for future papers. I cried with complete strangers, I hugged complete strangers, and I mostly prayed as I went about the day on automatic. I didn’t know anybody that was hurt or killed. My mom did. My friends did.

    I’ve been running 2 songs through my head a lot today, and over this past week, as I’ve reflected on where we are today. The first, by Darryl Worley, Is called Have you Forgotten. Unfortunately I think a LOT of people have. The 2nd is Alan Jackson’s Where Were You. Both portray a different sentiment. On is reflective. One is almost angry.

    I have family serving right now, getting ready to deploy, just back from deployment, fighting every day because of this day 9 years ago. It’s hard to believe that God has some purpose in the tragedy. But He DOES!! We may never understand, or it may have been as simple as the 10’s of 1000’s that turned to Him.

    Here are those songs:
    Where Were You:

    Where were you when the world stopped turning that September day
    Out in the yard with your wife and children
    Working on some stage in LA
    Did you stand there in shock at the site of
    That black smoke rising against that blue sky
    Did you shout out in anger
    In fear for your neighbor
    Or did you just sit down and cry

    Did you weep for the children
    Who lost their dear loved ones
    And pray for the ones who don’t know
    Did you rejoice for the people who walked from the rubble
    And sob for the ones left below

    Did you burst out in pride
    For the red white and blue
    The heroes who died just doing what they do
    Did you look up to heaven for some kind of answer
    And look at yourself to what really matters

    I’m just a singer of simple songs
    I’m not a real political man
    I watch CNN but I’m not sure I can tell you
    The difference in Iraq and Iran
    But I know Jesus and I talk to God
    And I remember this from when I was young
    Faith hope and love are some good things he gave us
    And the greatest is love

    Where were you when the world stopped turning that September day
    Teaching a class full of innocent children
    Driving down some cold interstate
    Did you feel guilty cause you’re a survivor
    In a crowded room did you feel alone
    Did you call up your mother and tell her you love her
    Did you dust off that bible at home
    Did you open your eyes and hope it never happened
    Close your eyes and not go to sleep
    Did you notice the sunset the first time in ages
    Speak with some stranger on the street
    Did you lay down at night and think of tomorrow
    Go out and buy you a gun
    Did you turn off that violent old movie you’re watching
    And turn on “I Love Lucy” reruns
    Did you go to a church and hold hands with some stranger
    Stand in line and give your own blood
    Did you just stay home and cling tight to your family
    Thank God you had somebody to love

    I’m just a singer of simple songs
    I’m not a real political man
    I watch CNN but I’m not sure I can tell you
    The difference in Iraq and Iran
    But I know Jesus and I talk to God
    And I remember this from when I was young
    Faith hope and love are some good things he gave us
    And the greatest is love

    I’m just a singer of simple songs
    I’m not a real political man
    I watch CNN but I’m not sure I can tell you
    The difference in Iraq and Iran
    But I know Jesus and I talk to God
    And I remember this from when I was young
    Faith hope and love are some good things he gave us
    And the greatest is love

    The greatest is love
    The greatest is love

    Where were you when the world stopped turning that September day

    Have You Forgotten:
    I hear people saying we don’t need this war
    But, I say there’s some things worth fighting for
    What about our freedom and this piece of ground
    We didn’t get to keep ’em by backing down
    They say we don’t realize the mess we’re getting in
    …Before you start your preaching let me ask you this my friend

    Have you forgotten how it felt that day?
    To see your homeland under fire
    And her people blown away
    Have you forgotten when those towers fell?
    We had neighbors still inside going thru a living hell
    And you say we shouldn’t worry ’bout bin Laden
    Have you forgotten?

    They took all the footage off my T.V.
    Said it’s too disturbing for you and me
    It’ll just breed anger that’s what the experts say
    If it was up to me I’d show it everyday
    Some say this country’s just out looking for a fight
    Well, after 9/11 man I’d have to say that’s right

    Have you forgotten how it felt that day?
    To see your homeland under fire
    And her people blown away
    Have you forgotten when those towers fell?
    We had neighbors still inside going thru a living hell
    And we vowed to get the one’s behind bin Laden
    Have you forgotten?

    I’ve been there with the soldiers
    Who’ve gone away to war
    And you can bet that they remember
    Just what they’re fighting for

    Have you forgotten all the people killed?
    Yeah, some went down like heroes in that Pennsylvania field
    Have you forgotten about our Pentagon?
    All the loved ones that we lost and those left to carry on
    Don’t you tell me not to worry about bin Laden
    Have you forgotten?

    Have you forgotten?
    Have you forgotten?

  • Monica

    CATHY-
    THanks for posting this today! That was a great video to watch. Tell your little cutie happy birthday for me.

    I remember driving to work to a new job I had only been at for a few weeks (I was a dental assistant at the time) in my car and hearing that a plane had crashed into the trade center on the radio. I thought it was a joke.
    When I got into work the radio was covering the story non-stop. We listened to the coverage in awe. Many of our patients still came in for treatment that day but the conversation was quiet and the mood was somber we mostly just listened intently to every word on the radio.

    After work that day I went home to my Aunt and Uncles house who we were staying with at the time while looking for a place in Boise. (We had just moved here) We watched the coverage all evening on the TV.
    I felt the love of God and county in the months that followed the crash. I loved that feeling. I hope that we can all remember those feelings.
    Thank you to all of you who serve our great country or watch your loved ones do so. This is a wonderful place to live!

    • That was at Dr. Rice office huh. I remember that day too. Hard to believe that something could happen like this. Thanks to all that serve in the military and love to all those families who lost family that day.

  • Ami

    I am sad to admit that when my 11 year old asked me why flags were flying half staff today and I told him in remembrance of 9.11 he had no idea what I was talking about. He was 2 when it happened and we lived in Portland, Oregon at the time. I thought I had talked to him about this day. Apparently not. He assured me he never learned about it in school either. I was horrified that I hadn’t taken the time to teach him about 9.11. Needless to say we had a big talk this afternoon. He doesn’t understand the same way I do. Just like I don’t understand the great depression or WW II the same way my Grandfather does. Thank you for your post and sharing your thoughts.

  • Kathleen Hansen

    I was getting ready to go to a school to be a substitute teacher for the day. My everyday routine is to turn on “The Today Show” as I get ready for the day. My husband and I were in shock as the events rolled on throughout the day. But the saddest part is, my husband had two girls that were his secretaries that were in the “Windows of the World” Tower. There was a seminar up there at the top of the building and they pleaded with my husband to let them go up and sign those people who would be coming to it from his company. He agreed. They were so excited to be a part of it. They did not make it out. Thank you for your remembrance of this day. Our country was united at that time and we all were pulling together. Thank you for that very special video. One cannot watch it without it bringing a tear or two to the eye.

  • Wow, what a beautiful story. I’ll always remember. I was 11 that day…in a sixth grade History class.

    Might I suggest this memoir from someone that lost a loved one that day?

    http://shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com/2010/09/911-remembrance-leave-your-link.html

  • Melanie

    Thank you for sharing that uplifting video. I love your site because of the continually positive and uplifting things you say and do. Can’t wait to hear about the love you’ve received…

  • Jackie

    Wow! Thanks for sharing this. I remember waking up to the disturbing news on my radio that morning. I ran out to the livingroom and turned on the TV. It was all over the news. We watched the news all day, watching in disbelief as each plane went down and as the Trade Centers collapsed. We may have been clear across the country, but we all felt the impact of that day. Our country came together that day. I really wish we could stay united as we were in the months following 9.11.

  • barbara

    I was getting ready for work with the TV on in the bedroom. I was frozen as I watched Diane and Charlie on channel 6. Later I found out about Mr Vauk (spelling?), that died at the Pentagon, was from Nampa and his family has many connections to our family. It was very sad. Thank you for this,

  • Helen in Meridian

    I was released from the hospital the night before after a hysterectomy. Was sent home by way of the Cancer Center of Idaho for evaluation. Went to recover at MIL’s house where I thought I’d have a pity party the next morning. My MIL’s cleaning lady came in and said turn on the TV. She had heard it on the radio, and was from NYC. She had been on a kindergarten field trip downtown NY ‘the day of the Towers Parking garage bombing . That morning she had 11 friends who worked in the twin towers. She kept calling her husband. I asked her to come pray with me for her friends, and then go home. Cleaning a house could wait a week., it didn’t matter. Later I found out that all but one of her friends miraculously made it out.

  • Beth F

    I was 5 months pregnant with my first son. I was at work (at a local hospital) when the attacks happened. I was devastated for my friends in New York and terrified for the world that I would be bringing this new little life into. I am very fortunate that every one of my friends in teh WTC made it out alive. We will never forget.

  • Liz

    Thank you for the beautiful video. This day 10 yrs ago, I was home with my 6 day old daughter. My husband came to the room to tell me what had happened & I couldn’t believe it. Then him & I hugged & looked at our lil princess because we had been down their near the twin towers the day before to add our baby girl to his health insurance. Happy Birthday to your lil princess. I hope & pray that we can all learn to have more patience & love for all people. May all that lost their lives this day be in peace & may the loved ones & friends left behind find peace as well. God Bless America!!!!!

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