Sunday, September 11, 2011

We Shall Never Forget


I wasn't around 10 years ago, so I'm going to let Mom Paula talk today as we remember and honor those who lost their lives 10 years ago and those that are still fighting for our freedom and peace.

Mom Paula:   Mimi asked that we all have a special "Remembrance Day" and share our stories of 9/11/01 and post a special Peace Globe today.

I've always been a very patriotic person and am the type to cry when I hear the National Anthem, God Bless America, or watch tributes to our veterans and troops.  Ten years ago today, I was on my way to teach classes at the university where I was a college professor.  I always liked listening to talk radio while driving in and they made a comment that a plane had hit one of the World Trade Centers.  I remember thinking, "Wow!" and didn't think much more of it.  I arrived in my office and was preparing for my first class when my phone rang and my mother said, "Both buildings of the World Trade Center have been hit."  It wasn't but a few minutes later that she called me back and told me of the attack on The Pentagon and the crash of the fourth plane.  Our Internet service at the university became overwhelmed and we couldn't get any information, but the university turned on the news on all of the TVs in the buildings and hallways and I joined students and faculty watching as the twin towers burned.  I think everyone was in shock!  It was when the towers started crumbling to the ground that tears began falling from my eyes and everyone's around me.  We just couldn't take our eyes away from the TV, much less get any work done.  We received an email from the university that we couldn't cancel classes, but we weren't to punish any student who didn't come to class.  Needless to say, I met with my classes, but immediately dismissed them once they showed up.  Who could teach when our country was being attacked by terrorists?  I think everyone stayed glued to the TV that day and several days after that.

The next Thursday, I went out of state (on a plane) to the first televised college football game after 9/11 to watch South Carolina play Mississippi State.  I remember the anxiety as I boarded the plan and passed through tight security at the football stadium.  Prior to the game, all of the music on the loud speaker was patriotic music and when I heard Lee Greenwood sing, "God Bless the USA," my eyes filled with tears.  I remember looking into the skies and thinking, "this would be the ideal place for another attack" and being nervous.  Instead of the teams running onto the field to cheers and boos from separate locker rooms, both teams walked out on the field together in total silence and unfolded an American Flag that covered the entire field.  I don't think there was a dry eye in the stadium.

Our lives have changed since that day.  People aren't as trusting as they used to be and the economy has taken a major hit.  I, however, will always be proud to be an American citizen of the United States and trust that we'll have peace again, even if that peace comes in Heaven.

Thank you to all of my friends and acquaintances in other countries who've shown their support to the United States during these trying times.  May we always remember those innocent people who lost their lives on that day and those military personnel who've fought for and given their lives for our freedom and peace. 

23 comments:

  1. Beautiful remembrance post. We are also remembering today.


    The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie

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  2. A lovely remembrance. May we move forward out of fear. If we can act with more love than fear, always, then the terrorists will never win.

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  3. It's not likely anyone will forget where they were or what they were doing that day. That Lee Greenwood song brings tears to my eyes just thinking of it. Thanks so much for sharing your story with us. Kisses to Truffle.

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  4. It was an awful, traumatic day for my human, who considers New York her adopted home town. She felt so isolated being stuck on the West Coast. She can't even post for me today - I had to let her have the day off.

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  5. Mom Paula, what a beautiful and moving remembrance.

    Miss Truffle did right by you...letting you speak for both of you.

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  6. That was such a great post. Thanks

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  7. We are remembering and honoring all those innocent people who lost their lives that fateful day. Purrs...

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  8. Little Truffle, we all hope that in your lifetime no one ever experiences horrible things happen again. Never in anyone's lifetime.

    Äiti says she thinks everyone remember s where they were when this happened - even those who were thousands of miles away in Europe

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  9. excellent tribute, thanks for being such a patriot.

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  10. Paula - that was an excellent tribute. I saw Lee Greenwood sing God Bless the USA in person many years ago & it always make me think of the sacrifices our military make to keep us free.

    Jen

    Truffle... we weren't around 10 years ago either but you are the cutest peace globe we've seen.

    Jade, Myst, Blackie & Cocoa

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  11. A great tribute. And thanks for sharing your memories Mom Paula.
    You weren't here 10 years ago, Truffle, but you're here now....bringing joy your little corner of the world and to us in the cat blogosphere.

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  12. That was a wonderful tribute. I hate it I missed that info from Mimi because she is terrific. While I don't remember (as I was not yet here), I shall never forget.

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  13. We remember, and hope for a better future. Mommy has a hard time talking about that day.

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  14. we remember with you dear one. Please forgive us for not getting here sooner- mom has her hands full. For real. we still love you!

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  15. Great remembrance. I was working at a corporate help desk. We had TV's mounted in the room, but upper management had ordered them off. He thought we were watching movies or something. When word started spreading about the first plane, middle management ordered that I (a simple team lead) turn the TV on. I refused because of the upper managers orders. She went and got him and he ask me to turn them on. Just as I did, the second plane flew into the second tower. I will remember! I think every one working in that room will too!

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  16. Sweet Truffle, here you are all new in the world and so young to hear about all of this. We will always remember and believe that peace will prevail.

    Purrs,

    Cory

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  17. My Mom also remembers how she remained frightened for months after 9/11 - all the possibilities for additional attacks, etc. The anthrax scare just added to it all. Truffle, you have had to lose a little innocence today, hearing about this stuff.

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  18. This is a lovely post, Paula. I had already posted when I saw on the CB the request for the peace globe post. But this is a good day to do so.

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  19. That is a beautiful Peace Globe with sweet Truffle. Touching post, our thoughts are with everyone today.

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  20. So much has changed and so much has change in us. Thank you for this beautiful tribute.

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  21. The Human was with her students for most of that morning also (high school). They were pretty stunned & shaken--the mayor closed the schools (SF) so eventually we sent all the kids home (lots of parents had come to get them anyway). It was a really brutal day. We're purring for a better future today.

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