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September 11, 2004

9/11 2004

I'm ashamed to admit that when I woke up this morning I had completely forgetten it was the anniversary of 9/11.

Fabulous Babe was already in the shower so half awake I wandered into the bathroom and we talked while she was finishing up. After I got in and started to come around with the hot water spraying into my face we talked more about having some people over for dinner, my running errands this morning and what are we going to do when she goes out of town in the next month or so for work.

All normal things that anyone would normally do.

As I was emptying the Diaper Genie FB called up about hanging the flag at half mast and it all came crashing down to me.

Anyone with two brain cells to rub against each other can go out and find plenty of well done memorials to that horrible day. I'll see if I'm up to writing about our experiences later. (Odds are I'll need a beer or two first.)

Remembering 9/11 should be about remembering two things:

The things that made you angry when you realized what was happening that morning. The horror of the impacts and the fires. The realization that innocent people who had done nothing more than show up for work were about to face choices that no one should ever have to face. Nothing really sums it up better for me emotionally than this picture:


The other is the bravery that day and the rise to the occasion of so many of our countrymen and fellow human beings. Flight 94 over PA is one example, the self sacrifice of so many brave New York emergency responders is another.

Hang your flag today and celebrate your life. (If you don't have a flag go get one.) Remember the ones that you hold dear and what you would do to keep them safe from harm. Know that we aren't alone in facing these sorts of things. The countless parents of Belsan are still coming to grips with something no parent should face: the untold horror of being mothers and fathers who have outlived their children due to the actions of truly evil men and women.

Evil walks the face of this earth and it's monstrous nature would spare no man, woman or child. 2749 lives were taken three years ago as testimony to this horrible truth. Would that all of us could demonstrate the courage and bravery shown by so many on that fateful day.

Posted by Jim at September 11, 2004 09:22 AM


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