~ The Day We Remember ~ 10th Anniversary
This article is a collaborative effort from all 3 writers here at Ole Glory News, to pay tribute to all those affected by 9/11/01. And with that, I give you, The Day We Remember, the 10th Anniversary.
I have a very dear friend who shared with me a story some time ago. I published the story. Today, again, as we approach the 10th anniversary of the Day we, as Americans, vow to be the DAY WE REMEMBER, I will share with you the Rantings of A True Patriot. God Bless you, A True, wherever you may be today this 10th anniversary weekend of 9/11.
From the Phoenix Examiner, by: Yours Truly, I give you, The Rantings of a True Patriot:
“For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a deep emotional reverence for my country. I have, on countless occasions, stood either on a sidewalk as our flag was carried at the head of a parade or at a ball field as “the Star Spangled Banner” preceded the game I love so dearly or at a graduation ceremony for one of my children. In each and every instance one thing was certain, at some point during the playing of the Anthem, my eyes would fill with tears and an almost choking sensation would clutch at my throat making it difficult to talk and nearly impossible to breathe. I never felt apologetic, embarrassed or ashamed of my reaction. Why should I be? Perhaps, I simply believed everyone felt as I did, proud. That the liberties purchased with the blood of bygone patriots, was to be respected, protected and guarded jealously at all cost, was ingrained in who I was, in who I am. These, my beliefs, were as constant as the tides and as everlasting as heaven itself to me. Nothing could ever change them! As I made no apology for how I felt then, I make none now.
These days, I feel an almost incomprehensible sadness, as the tides have risen and the heavens are falling! The promise of America, the dream that was to be our perpetual legacy is now a national nightmare. We are squandering our future prosperity and that of generations yet unborn. Children who will never know the pride, the greatness that was America, for how will they ever miss the freedoms they will never know? The freedom to grow, to envision, to enrich their lives and that of their loved ones, through hard work and self determination, to chart their own life course with no fear of failure, To be unique. To seek the individual happiness, provided by God and guaranteed by our Founding Fathers. These and countless other freedoms are at risk.
“Those who hear only innuendo and half truths are to be blessed with a muted voice, while those that fall upon a truth are duty bound to proclaim it, for to remain resolutely silent is not only contemptuous, but cowardice.” – Atrue Patriot
“It is without doubt true, Rebecca, we share the same values. Like you, I sincerely fear for my country, for the future of my children, (and yours), and I fear that they may grow up only knowing hard and difficult times. These feelings are not a new phenomenon. I could probably trace them back to 9-11. That was (as it was for most of us) the rudest of awakenings. I recall vividly how, upon learning of the multiple attacks (all seeming to occur at once,) the fear I felt, not for my personal safety, but for that of my wife and kids who were not with me but were either at work or school. It was a helpless feeling. Not wanting to unduly frighten my kids, I tried to remain calm and assuring when we were finally together, still I’m certain I failed, as that ever-present sarcastic wit was most noticeably absent. There was absolutely nothing to laugh about. I know I state the obvious here as everyone, I’m sure felt the very same way. Then came the phone call requesting that I take a job overseeing nine men at ground zero. That was when the true enormity of the events set in.
Over the span of nearly two years I was immersed in the sights, the sounds, and the smell of that sorrowful place. I witnessed more than I care to remember, maybe I witnessed too much. Having worked in Manhattan for nearly twenty years prior, I was dumb struck at the fact that I barely recognized the streets I walked down. Past the barricades of armed soldiers I walked every night to “THE PIT”, as it became known, down side streets with no lights save for those run by portable generators, (I swear, I can still hear the incessant hum), with their stark and eerie glow. And as I walked, I would kick up fine dusty grey powder. It was everywhere, on everything. I liken it to walking on the Moon. I relive this now, so that we might share a point of reference, a jumping off point, so to speak, as these unfortunate events most certainly shaped my views of my country, of the world, my politics and moreover, what it means to me to be an American. For even through this horror there was an overwhelming sense of pride that I was doing something important, something necessary, something quietly honorable. So, here we are today, almost nine years later with many of the fears I spoke about resurfacing. Though this time the threatening feeling doesn’t appear to be so immediate, there is a sickening feeling in my gut telling me it may already be too late.
Over the last three to four years I have watched carefully, shadows that seem to grow ever larger, ever darker. Not unlike most folks I have tried to maintain a balance between what I fear the shadows mean and what I dread they do. I have come to certain conclusions, however, with only a scant few of them comforting. I think the thing that perplexes me the most is not that others can’t see the shadows but that they refuse to. For whatever reason too many Americans do not see that which is plain to see.
How is it that they cannot see a man who surrounds himself with self-proclaimed Communists, Socialists, Marxists, Racists, tax evaders, convicted embezzlers, anti-capitalists and yes, even homegrown terrorists and seemingly, not even blink? A man who proclaimed his intention to “Fundamentally Change America”, and yet they refuse to question “HOW” is it changing? A man who fails to appreciate the greatness of this country, yet nary misses an opportunity to apologize for it?
A man who notifies the very people sworn to kill us, of the date we will pull out of their country. They need only wait us out. A man who will divulge hitherto classified information as to the very size of our nuclear arsenal. Giving them the “Launch Codes” may not be far behind. A man who pushed through a Social Healthcare program, even though it is an unqualified, unsustainable failure in every country that has implemented such a system. All the while ignoring the majority of Americans who opposed it, belittling and degrading them in the process. Many of these same protesters are the people who voted for him.
These are but a few of the things so many refuse to see or at least question, with the mainstream media being the most negligent or complicit. How can it be that so many people cannot see what I am seeing? If only some of this were true, would they not think it reasonable to worry, to fear for the republic, for the future, and for their children? Why do so many not recognize the potential for disaster here? Why do they not understand the irreversible harm that may result from an Executive Branch whose ideology is diametrically opposite to what our Founders ever envisioned?
When even casual students of history can draw parallels between what is occurring now and past disastrous events, why are so many others either unable or unwilling to? If they cannot see the shadows I see, then permit me one final question: What do they see?”
A True Patriot, is a personal friend of mine, who has truly blessed my world. I am thankful to have such a friend. Thank you, so much A True, for sharing your story with us.
Now, I want to say this: America will never be who she was prior to our realization of how very vulnerable we as humanity are, to an enemy that has no conscience. Our losses shall not be in vain, in the hearts and minds of those who understand and truly acknowledge, the realities.
May God be with all those personally affected by the losses brought on by 9/11, and May God again be with the nation, as we commemorate this tragic time in our history.
As America is poised to embark on a solemn remembrance on the events that took place on American soil ten years ago which threatened the American way of life, yet again this same evil rears its ugly head. We as a nation and the world collectively have brought the orchestrator of these events, Osama Bin Laden, to swift justice by the heroic efforts of Seal Team Six, and though the leader is gone, the evil he taught lives on in those he mentored. The very group that he so vilely led is still at work,and continues to try to disrupt our very way of life. They do this by injecting fear into our daily lives.
This according to The Washington Times:
“WASHINGTON (AP) — Al Qaeda may have sent American terrorists or men carrying U.S. travel documents to launch an attack on Washington or New York to coincide with memorials marking the 10th anniversary of 9/11, government officials say.
One U.S. official says al Qaeda dispatched three men, at least two of whom could be U.S. citizens, to detonate a car bomb in one of the cities. Should that mission prove impossible, the attackers have been told to simply cause as much destruction as they can. But U.S. intelligence officials say they have no evidence there is anyone inside the United States tied to the plot.”
From this article, it is hard for me to believe, that there could be two US citizens, that have enjoyed the freedoms that our beloved constitution provides them, who would be willing to negatively impact the lives of their fellow citizenry. The enemy are no longer settling for their own people to carry out these threats, they are openly recruiting our people to carry out their evil deeds.
We must not let these threats stand; we must be forever vigilant in catching those people that want to cause us harm. These same people, every time they carry out a successful attack, will get bolder and bolder in their actions. The key to this will be to let these people know that we are unwavering in our resolve to stand and make sure that no one will harm us again. We need to know as much about these threats as we can possibly learn.
This from Ole Glory News:
“Fox News just announced that there is a credible threat for the New York or DC area around the anniversary of 9/11. This 10 year anniversary of 9/11, do you feel safer than you did 10 years ago?”
I have heard from the Fox News Network that the threat has become less credible which means that the plot has become less likely to be true. However, this for we all know, could be a diversion as we all know they never show their hand until it happens.
This from Fox News:
“The head of the FBI’s Washington field office, James McJunkin, said as of Saturday morning the threat “is still unconfirmed,” and he said he doesn’t expect that there will be any problem “over the anniversary weekend.”
As Americans we win this battle against terrorism by just living our lives the way Americans always do. We need to make sure all of our citizens are safe, and free to live their lives. This is the goal of our enemy, “To make Americans stop living like Americans,” once we start to live in fear they win. As Americans we have the pioneering spirit bred into our DNA. May the “Can Do” spirit live in the land of the free and the home of the brave.
I was only 5 years old on that fateful day, but the memories of the tragedy could not be clearer. I remember being in my kindergarten classroom getting ready to sing our goodbye song. I even remember the dress I was wearing, and then the blur of chaos, adults looking at one another and whispering, beginning to cry. I remember having no idea what was going on, I was so confused, like all the rest of the children. It took the whole trip back home, seeing the replays on the TV and the look on my moms face to fully understand what was happening. I remember seeing on the television all the of the emergency responders rushing to the tragic scene. At 5 years old, I could not fully appreciate their work, but today I and everyone at Ole Glory News, say thank you with our whole hearts.
We say thank you so much to all of the first responders who worked together so beautifully, who pushed aside their own fears and worries to save as many lives as possible. They took the risks, knowing that they might lose their lives…and many did. But they also saved many lives, as well. Thank you to the men and women of the NYC fire department and fire departments of surrounding areas. Thank you to the NYC Police Department, bomb squad and other special units, including those in surrounding areas. The memorial list of first responders can be read here. These men and women are heroes, and we honor all of you.
We say thank you to all of the emergency responders in Washington, D.C. who swiftly reacted to the Flight 77 crash into the Pentagon. They saved many lives that day. We honor you.
Thank you to the emergency men and women who quickly responded to Flight 93 that crashed into a Shanksville, Pennsylvania field. Thank you to the men and women on Flight 93 who, in a state of chaos, composed themselves enough to understand what was going on, and knew what they had to do despite the consequences. We honor those brave citizens. We honor you.
We say thank you to all of the politicians, and other elected officials who were swift in emergency decisions that had to be made. We honor you.
Thank you to the military who swiftly and fiercely responded to the 9/11 attacks, with strategic plans and carried them out bravely. You deliver a sense of safety to the American people. We honor you.
We thank the priests, pastors, reverends, imams, nuns, rabbis and all other religious leaders who led in comforting a hurting country with courage, compassion and mutual grief. You brought, and still bring, comfort to those directly affected by the 9/11 terror attacks. We honor you.
We say thank you to all other citizens, American and International who helped in any way they could to try and heal a wounded nation. We honor all of you.
Thank you, President George Bush, who acted as a nations leader should, made brave decisions and led a hurting people. We honor you.
And most importantly, we thank GOD for the comfort, guidance, and healing You have brought to our America. With You Lord, our country has not only survived that tragic day of 2001, we came out THRIVING.