Sunday, September 11, 2016

Remembering 911

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The loss, the pain, and the memory of that September morning remains fresh in our minds. It will never leave us, and for those who experienced personal loss, we know the burdens you carry are for as long you live, and the loving hearts in this world hug you tight.

We all have a story of what we were doing that day, and when you ask someone what they were doing on September 11th, they remember. It's a painful moment in time we all share.

That morning, where I live, just outside of Toronto, the sky was clear, the air was fresh, so I bundled up my baby Jesse to go on our lovely long morning walk. Jesse was just over a year old and a little bit into the walk had fallen asleep. I remember looking up to the sky thinking, 'what a gorgeous day', and also thinking how lucky we were to live in this part of the world (I honestly had that thought on that day at that time). Of course, that moment of peace would end quickly. As I parked the baby stroller in the garage, my husband came to the door and said 'the US is under attack!' I screamed what! and ran to the family room to look at the TV ... and like the rest of the world at that moment.... my heart fell to the floor. Even typing this brings back those tears.

Nothing we say can make it better for those who have suffered loss. Loss never heals, we simply learn to live life differently, with that loss.

Blessings to all and to this world ... love thy neighbor - Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning, by Alan Jackson




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10 comments:

  1. Just as you said, I can remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when the phone rang. I didn't have the tv on, so I was totally clueless about what was happening when our daughter called and calmly asked where her dad was. I answered her question and she said I might want to look at the news. It seems like yesterday instead of 15 years ago. You are right! We will never forget that day, exactly where we were and what we were doing. It was indeed a beautiful day here too weather-wise, but the sunshine was definitely blocked from our minds. And yes, our hearts are still heavy for the families who had loved ones murdered that day in the senseless acts of terrorism.

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  2. I remember seeing the news that morning and feeling puzzled, not understanding at all how something so horrible actually could be happening. The attack changed our family forever and, truthfully, I doubt there's anyone who might be reading this that hasn't been touched by the after-effects in some way. I've been praying today for the families of those who were killed or otherwise directly touched that day. Life does move on, but it certainly has changed over these past 15 years. May God bless America.

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  3. We rolled a television into the large area of cubicles we shared. We watched the tv between appointments. I remember how quiet our work area was. We worked in a large, open office space shared by 20 - 30 people. But it was so very quiet. I remember the quiet. That space was never quiet. But it was nearly silent that day. I watched the television but the enormity of it did not sink in at all. It was almost as though it were the trailer for some movie. As though it weren't really happening.

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  4. Even though we in the UK were many miles away many of us still felt the same shock and sadness as the US did and, yes, I do remember where I was when I first heard of the tragedy. I was in my local shop buying a newspaper when someone mentioned it. I watched the developing situation on TV for most of the rest of that day.

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  5. Barbara, thank you for this remembrance in song for this day, 9/11, we will always remember in sadness that it happened and with hope for the future. We were having a family reunion at the beach with our 3 children, their spouses, and the grandchildren that week. Being all together, knowing each one was safe that day, made it more bearable somehow. We were able to grieve together for all the lives which were lost, and for the trust our country lost. We SHOULD never forget!

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  6. As everyone else has said, I will never forget where I was either....actually I was planning a birthday party for my husband. Somehow it ended up being a very quiet day as neither of us felt like a party that day...15 years later, we remember in prayer each life lost both in the towers and at all the other sites that were affected. Today we remember and we celebrate. Life is short and each one of us will be called home, we just don't know when. So remember, pray and celebrate every beautiful day on earth and thank God for another chance to do something beautiful. Never,ever forget those who are not with us anymore. Thanks Barbara for a beautiful tribute. And God bless each one of us!

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  7. We didn't have a TV. My mother did, and she called to tell us what was happening. We drove over to her house a few miles away and spent the day there, glued to the screen watching the unbelievable happening over and over and over. New York is a long way from California, but an attack in one state is an attack on all states. The song you shared was perfect and expressed much of what I felt today.

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  8. We didn't have a TV. My mother did, and she called to tell us what was happening. We drove over to her house a few miles away and spent the day there, glued to the screen watching the unbelievable happening over and over and over. New York is a long way from California, but an attack in one state is an attack on all states. The song you shared was perfect and expressed much of what I felt today.

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  9. We had co-workers flying into JFK that morning. We were all on edge and praying and praying for their safety along with others. My son was driving to Pittsburgh for an interview when we heard of flight 93. Our hearts were pounding until we heard from him. It was a day that I will never forget, and still pray for all of those people.

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