Have You Forgotten 9-11

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  1. SSG Johnson

    SSG Johnson New Member

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    Commentary: Will America ever forget 9-11?
    By Gary Sheftick
    September 13, 2005


    WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Sept. 13, 2005) -- How long does it take to forget a tragedy like Sept. 11, 2001?

    That question entered my mind as I attended a memorial service in the Pentagon auditorium to observe the fourth anniversary of the terrorist attack there in which 184 service members and civilian employees lost their lives.

    It was a service that brought back memories and emotions that I hadn’t felt in some time.

    I had almost forgotten the confusion of that day and the sorrow that followed for those who didn’t make it; and the guilt for not being able to help them. When their portraits flashed one-by-one on the screen at the front of the auditorium, though, those feelings returned with a sting.

    I remembered the terrible burns of some survivors; the coughing and lung ailments developed by some of the rescue workers who sifted through the smoking rubble.

    I couldn’t help but remember the memorial service a month after the attack when about 10,000 Pentagon workers and family members attended a ceremony led by President Bush on the parade field in front of the River Entrance.

    I remembered the thousands cheering when President Bush pledged action against those who perpetrated the attack, and promised that America “will never forget” those who gave their lives.

    And I remembered the first anniversary observance, also led by the president and attended by thousands who sat in a temporary stadium built near the site where the high-jacked airliner hit the building.

    Then I looked around the Pentagon service during the fourth anniversary, and noticed that it was attended by fewer than 100 military members and civilians.

    I wondered if four years was long enough for some to forget? I wondered how many who lived through that day at the Pentagon had gone on to other assignments, perhaps in Iraq or Afghanistan? I wondered how many were trying to forget the pain or were just too busy with work in the War on Terror to attend a Monday memorial service?

    In fairness, I knew that thousands had attended the “America Supports You Freedom Walk” organized by the Pentagon on Sunday, the actual anniversary of 9-11. Hundreds attended a remembrance service in Kabul, Afghanistan. And no doubt many attended Patriot Day observances all across the nation.

    For those who did attend the Pentagon service, it was an emotional experience.

    Paul Brady spoke about crawling through the smoke and escaping the Navy Command Center when the plane hit. Only eight of 34 who were in the command center that morning lived, Brady said, and several of the survivors were badly burned and injured.

    Brady spoke of the hate and his desire for revenge following Sept. 11. He said those feelings have now softened, with a Christian re-awakening, to prayer for those who perished – both the victims and perpetrators.

    Pentagon Chaplain Col. Ralph Benson said “We are a people of hope” when speaking at the service about the enduring American spirit. He added that “When we see tragedy, we remember it and move on…”

    Hopefully we will move on, but never forget those who died Sept. 11.
     
  2. Gator

    Gator New Member

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    I will never forget as much as I hate the memories they haunt me almost daily.
     

  3. badkarma

    badkarma New Member

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    You can bet I didn't forget. My Mother pased away last year on 9-11.This year I spent all that day trying not to cry.
     
  4. SSG Johnson

    SSG Johnson New Member

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    You cry brother cry all you want I wouldnt blame you one bit. Im sorry about your mother.
     
  5. fwmud

    fwmud New Member

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    "Have you forgotten? How it felt that day. To see your homeland under fire, and her people blown away."
    "Have you forgotten,all the people killed? But some went down like heros in that Pennsylvania field?"

    Nope I forgotten and I never will! You think it didn't hit close to home for me?
    One of my sisters who travels a lot for her job, was trapped in the subway for hours with no outside contact.Leaveing us to wonder whether she was alive or dead.
    My wifes cousin was pulling duty as a Marine in the pentagon. One of my old old friends from my service days was killed in the same explosion.
    Am I bitter? Have I forgotten? Never! It leaves a bitter taste of bile in my mouth when I see/read comments about our boys overseas,"They are fightin for oil" or something similar.
    Sometimes I wish I could reach through this moniter,or grab a person by the neck through the radio or TV.
    Have I forgotten? I never will and I sure by God ain't forgiven nobody for those cowardly acts.
     
  6. Catcaller

    Catcaller New Member

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    Bad karma I feel ya brother....my dad died in 1990 on 9/11. It is a double whammy on that day and I hate both things that I associate with that date. Hang in there bro...you'll never be in any danger of forgetting what both meant to you...a loved one and your love of country....and neither will I.
     
  7. JERMSQUIRM

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    no, i will personally never forget 9-11. well one reason now is cause i feel like well have troops in iraq for as long as i live to keep peace there but thats not the reason.

    when the hurricane hit the gulf and i seen the looting it made me think of 9-11 because it was total oppisite in new york.

    i sometimes watch the news coverage i recorded on the day and those that followed. the heros and stories are forever in my head. there are so many movies and photos on old magazines that contain the world trade centers towers. i can't say before the 9-11 tradgedy i had ever seen then. at least didn't know thats what tey were. now everytime i see one or in a movie just for a second they are bold and beautiful and remind me of the ones lost and the ones whom upheld americas pride and honer by helping there neighbors and strangers. if only for a brief moment 9-11 told not just the few but everyone in this great nation whom we are and we all felt fear yet anger. it told us were all americans.

    then soon after the morons showed thier @$$es burning flags in california riots and protests. we wept,we faught, we stood strong. we were and always will be a great nation. thats why we allow the fools to be fools. cause were free.
     
  8. twilightman

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    i wasnt sure where else to post this about the time my youngest son was graduating parris island his brother jeremy cox and three other men were hit by an ied in iraq they all survived but all were hurt all four recieved the purple heart i very seldom sleep anymore 9\11 burns deep never forget why my sons and many others like them are there i wish i could just go fishin with my boys
     
  9. fwmud

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    Twilight, My thoughts and prayers go out for you and your boys.
    There are many of us here on the BOV who are former and current soliders.
    We all cringe everytime we get news from Iraq.
    Tell your boys we all hope and pray for their safe return.
     
  10. SSG Johnson

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    I will pray for your boys but know this they are allways in my heart and mind. They are America's best and our hero's of there generation.
     
  11. twilightman

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    thank you guess i kinda lost it there for awhile
     
  12. Rainman4u2

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    You can never forget those who died, nor the ones who tried to save.

    Always remember the 343

    Ray
     
  13. misterwhiskers

    misterwhiskers New Member

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    I think many Americans did forget or blocked it from their memory banks.I don't see how but i believe they have.
    Just look at all the anti-war protesters,the people that bitch about everything the government does,the family memebers moaning about what size and look of memorial to have.Many have lost sight of how to pay respect and give remembrence.It seems the only thing they remember about that day is how to use it to tear apart all the hard work and dedication our brave men and women have done and the progress the government has made.
    I never in my life felt so many drasticaly different emotions all at the same time.Each day i watch the news it brings back many of them feelings.I didn't personally know anyone involved but was mesmorized by the events that took place that day.
    My heart and prayers goes out to all the people that have lost loved ones that day and all the people today that still struggle even now with everything thats going on.
    I kinow losing a loved one or seeing something horrific like 9--11 effects everyone different,but its amazing to see how different some peoples reaction can be.It seems they all want the same thing but can't seem to agree or compromise about what to do.For me that makes it that much harder to ever forget!
     
  14. Cheryl

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    I will never forget that day. I was on the phone with my boss in NY when the first plane hit. At first we thought it was a freak accident but in the next few minutes we discovered otherwise. I live in TN but work in VA and TN. The second we realized what was happening the only TV in the plant and all computers were on. Our worst fears were being realized. In the next few hours I had several calls from my fellow NY co workers wanting me to call their relatives for them. They couldn't reach them and wanted to see if I could do any better from VA for them.

    God Bless the USA. I can't talk anymore about this right now, but still one thing bothers me. No one can convince me with all the technology we have today, that they can't find Osama. What gives with that?
    :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused:
     
  15. RamRod

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    I don't see how anyone could forget what happened that day. I know I never will!!!