Friday, September 11, 2009

September 11, 2001: I will never forget


From The Island at the Center of the World by Russell Shorto:

"Because of its geography, its population, and the fact that it was under the control of the Dutch (even then its parent city, Amsterdam, was the most liberal in Europe), this island city would become the first multiethnic, upwardly mobile society on America's shores, a prototype of the kind of society that would be duplicated throughout the country and around the world. It was no coincidence that on September 11, 2001, those who wished to make a symbolic attack on the center of American power chose the World Trade Center as their target. If what made America great was its ingenious openness to different cultures, then the small triangle of land at the southerntip of Manhattan Island is the New World birthplace of that idea, the spot where it first took shape...."

I will never forget the unspeakable horror of that day, when innocent people were killed by those who do not like us. We survive and thrive; we will never forget.

14 comments:

The Blonde Duck said...

Wonderful post.

Mickle in NZ said...

Thank you for a very meaningfull post.

Today our Fire Service gathered to remember and honour the NYFC, gathered at a memorial in Christchurch, a memorial that has pieces of steel girders from one of the Towers.

I remember waking up to this news on the 10th here, and my feelings of horror.

What happened on September 11th 2001 will never be forgotten. And I will never forget the incredible brother and sisterhood* of Fire Services worldwide.

Dear Marjie - thank you, thank you for this post

*We have female firefighter here, as well as the men.

buffalodick said...

I remember exactly what I what doing when President Kennedy was shot, and 911 also. They are moments frozen in time for all Americans..

Channon said...

I am piddling, already. FIL and two dear friends of mine have planned our first service of remembrance, and I am sorry I can't attend. (Someone has to staff the business!)

Paula said...

Wonderful post and tribute.

Katherine Aucoin said...

Amen Marjie.

Robynn's Ravings said...

Amen, Marjie. Thank you for this post and this history. My flag is flying today.

Pam said...

I was on my honeymoon cruise when it happened. I will never forget either - it was a horrible day.

doggybloggy said...

blessings to the families of the victims!

g-man said...

Marjie...
Thank You so much for visiting my blog today.
You sure have lots going on...:-)

Maggie said...

Thank you for the thoughtful post today. We were all bound together that day in our collective horror and fear. Today we are still the strong country we always were and will always be. And we will never forget the innocent lives lost that day nor the lives of the men and women who ran into the buildings to help while everyone was running out.

Judi said...

Your post is lovely. It makes me think as I know it makes us all think about the senselessness of involving innocent people....*hugs*. Thank you for sharing
It was also nice to have you visit...
Judi

the inadvertent farmer said...

Yes we have thrived and grown stronger for it. We are indeed an amazing country...standing proud today, Kim

gaylen said...

Thank you. Wonderful post. g