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Remember – The All Day Tribute – Part 24

Posted by zaphriel on September 11, 2006

Brian Bezalel’s version of “Bodies”

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Remember – The All Day Tribute – Part 23

Posted by zaphriel on September 11, 2006

What must be done…

Grouchy Media – Bombshell

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Remember – The All Day Tribute – Part 22

Posted by Mark on September 11, 2006

“Ever faithful God, in death we are reminded of the precious birthrights of life and liberty you endowed in your American people. You have shown once again that these gifts must never be taken for granted. We pledge to those whom you have called home, and ask of you — Patience, to measure our lust for action; Resolve, to strengthen our obligation to lead; Wisdom, to illuminate our pursuit of justice, and; Strength, in defense of liberty. We seek your special blessing today for those who stand as sword and shield, protecting the many from the tyranny of the few. Our enduring prayer is that you shall always guide our labors and that our battles shall always be just. We pray this day, Heavenly Father, the prayer our nation learned at another time of righteous struggle and noble cause — America’s enduring prayer: Not that God will be on our side, but always, O Lord, that America will be on your side. Amen.” –Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld offering prayer at the opening of Friday morning’s White House cabinet meeting after 9-11

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Remember – The All Day Tribute – Part 21

Posted by Mark on September 11, 2006

Images. Flashes of memory that continue to haunt five years later. Among them is The Falling Man.
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Remember – New Hope

Posted by zaphriel on September 11, 2006

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America Marks 5-Year Anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, Attacks

7_28_sept11_shanksville_flag.jpgNEW YORK — On a crisp, sunny day not unlike the one five years ago friends, family and complete strangers consoled each other Monday as the nation paused to remember the worst terror attacks on U.S. soil.

During the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that killed 2,973, Americans took part in silent reflection and fresh mourning. The day was marked with quiet observances at the three attack sites. After attending tributes at the World Trade Center, Pentagon and crash site of United Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa., President Bush planned to address the nation at 9 p.m. EDT from the Oval Office.

n excerpts from his speech, which were released by the White House, the president honors the heroism of ordinary Americans who responded to the worst terrorist attacks in U.S. history.

“This struggle has been called a clash of civilizations,” the excerpts read. “In truth, it is a struggle for civilization. We are fighting to maintain the way of life enjoyed by free nations.”

The president is also expected to appeal to Americans to not waver in the face of the ongoing War on Terror.

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Remember – The All Day Tribute – Part 20

Posted by Mark on September 11, 2006

There are songs that linger, reminding me of that day. Can’t Cry Hard Enough brings back the tears, and the anger. Both are needed in a September 12th World.

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Remember – The All Day Tribute – Part 19

Posted by Mark on September 11, 2006

The world has changed. America has changed. Peggy Noonan, with this column, marks that change as few others have. We can never return to September 10th. Truly, we are all soldiers now.

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Remember – The All Day Tribute – Part 18

Posted by Mark on September 11, 2006

Diary from Los Angeles

The following is a first person account of my impressions of that fateful day. Writing this article has helped REMIND me why I love America so much.

5:25 AM PST:
Each workday begins with a quiet exit from my apartment in Long Beach, a second story…one bedroom, one bath overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The city streets are deserted, the freeways…not yet jammed. With the sky barely illuminated, I’m headed into Los Angeles to start my day. My job takes me to Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, Ca…where I provide engineering assistance to Air Force Space Command and a constellation of 28 GPS Satellites. It is a warm clear day….like hundreds of others here in LA.

5:46 AM PST:
In Los Angeles
I’m in my burgundy ‘99 Jeep Grand Cherokee, heading up the Northbound 405 freeway.

In New York
American Airlines Flight 11 impacts the north side of the North Tower (1 World Trade Center) of the WTC between the 94th and 98th floors. (American Airlines Flight 11 was flying at a speed of 490 miles per hour.)

6:02 AM PST:
In Los Angeles
I’m on the base and in my office…working on my first cup of coffee at my desk and working on opening my eyes to my email.

In New York
United Airlines Flight 175 impacts the south side of the South Tower of the WTC between the 78th and 84th floors at a speed of over 500 mph. Parts of the plane including an engine leave the building from its north side, to be found on the ground up to six blocks away.

6:05 AM PST:
Sitting in my office located in Building 120 on the base campus, a colleague of mine walks by, stops in and informs me that a plane has hit one of the World Trade Center buildings in New York. The news immediately brings to my mind….the B-25 Army plane that hit the 79th floor of the Empire State Building in 1945. I’m certainly curious…but not concerned that it is anything more than that. I figure this must be something similar. I ask my friend…if it was a small plane. He says…the news report has indicated it to be a much bigger plane.

I’m startled by his disclosure.

Normally, I would shrug this kind of news off and go back to my Email. But oddly enough…I decide to investigate….returning to my car in the parking lot- turning on the radio to find out the details.

6:10 AM PST
I tap the AM button and KFB 980 to hear if the incident has made national news. It has. I begin to listen and realize something is not right. The radio announcer is talking about plane CRASHES. This stuns me. Evidently, a second plane crash has taken place- both WTC towers have been hit. In the span of no more than 5 minutes, I’m getting news of not one- but two large airplane crashes. Both are commercial airplanes carrying American passengers.

I’m in shock.

6:20 AM PST:
I race back to my office to tell the others who have trickled in. The buzz begins immediately.

6:30 AM PST:
In my building, the Air Force provides a barber for the officers to get AF regulation haircuts. They also have a decent color TV. The shop is down the hall from my office- they open at 7.

6:37 AM PST:
In Los Angeles
I’ve returned to my office, not realizing the barbershop is already open.

In Washington DC
American Airlines Flight 77 is lost from radar screens and impacts the western side of the Pentagon. The section of the Pentagon hit consists mainly of newly renovated, unoccupied offices.

6:40 AM PST:
Another friend lets me know they’ve opened the barbershop. When I walk in, 2 or 3 are already sitting there staring at the TV.

I sit down in one of the chairs gaping at the WTC towers. Smoke is billowing from both. I’ve barely begun my day- yet the East Coast has rapidly spiraled out of control.

6:59 AM PST:
The South Tower of the World Trade Center suddenly collapses, plummeting into the streets below. A massive cloud of dust and debris quickly fills lower Manhattan. The WTC towers were built to withstand a 707 being flown into them. A 767 carries almost the same amount of fuel as a 707.

7:06 AM PST:
In Shanksville, PA
According to seismic data, United Airlines Flight 93 crashes near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, in Somerset County, about 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. (This is also 124 miles or 15 minutes away at 500 MPH from Washington D.C.) An eyewitness reports seeing a white plane resembling a fighter jet circling the site just after the crash.

7:28 AM PST:
The North Tower of the World Trade Center collapses. The fact that the northern tower withstood much longer than the southern one is later attributed to three facts: the region of impact was higher, the speed of the airplane was lower, and the affected floors had their fire proofing upgraded.

7:30 AM PST:
We are all sitting in the barbershop in disbelief. Watching the flying debris, the dust and the dirt roaring down the street- between skyscrapers- and around corners is profoundly mesmerizing. Staring at the mayhem and the chaos in the streets and the approaching blanket of soot, I feel absolutely helpless.

My concern for the security of our Air Force Base has crept into my consciousness. We haven’t heard anything. No base sirens, no loudspeaker audio- nothing. I begin to wonder what our AF Base Security is doing- if anything.

I’m bewildered by the lack of Air Force direction and response.

9:45 AM PST:
Finally, someone from the 61st Security Force Squadron ducks into the barbershop. The 61st is in charge of our base security. He tells us all to lock up and go home. He is cryptic…we are quiet. We know that our lives will never be the same.

9:55 AM PST:
I’m heading southbound on the 405 freeway. I am surprised by how many cars I see, unusual for the late morning. The freeway isn’t jammed, but it is heavy. I sense- everyone EVERYWHERE has been told to go home.

10:40 AM PST:
I’m in my second floor apartment in Long Beach, flipping channels with my remote like a maniac. I am weeping. And I’m also angry.

12:55 PM PST:
Karen Hughes, a White House counselor, says the President is at an undisclosed location, later revealed to be an Air Force base in Nebraska, and is conducting a National Security Council meeting by phone. Vice President Dick Cheney and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice are in the underground bunker at the White House. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is at the Pentagon.

I watch and listen with morbid fascination at the decisions being made. The FAA, Congress, NY police and firefighters, even the type of coverage I’m getting on the various news channels.

6:00 PM PST:
I am riveted to the television, my attention all consumed. I’ve witnessed 2996 Americans die, and I watch Arabs in the Middle East CELEBRATING in the streets.

8:59:59 PM PST, 11:59:59 EST:
The United Nations International Day of Peace ends.

2 AM PST:
I reluctantly turn off the TV and go to bed. I’m emotionally exhausted- I’ve been watching the television for 15 hours straight. My friends and family have called each other during the day…offering emotional support for one another.

In the days and weeks that follow…I watch our nation go into a deep sadness- allowing the 9/11 attacks to destroy jobs, productivity, the economy- affecting the way Americans handle adversity. I’m deeply disturbed and disappointed by our nation’s reaction. I thought we were stronger than that.

Postscript
As I listen to the liberals and their rhetoric…the ‘I hate America first mentality’, I realize that my utter disgust with them has actually brought clarity to my values…to my own life, and forever shaped my political opinion and view of the world.

In my bedroom…framed in black, are two pictures. One is the front page of USA Today dated September 12, 2001. The other is the front page of the Orange County Register- a late special edition- DATED September 11th.

I will certainly never…never…ever forget. GOD BLESS AMERICA.

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Remember – The All Day Tribute – Part 17

Posted by zaphriel on September 11, 2006

David Letterman comments attack on the U.S. ( 9/11 WTC )

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Remember – The All Day Tribute – Part 16

Posted by zaphriel on September 11, 2006

Psalms 91:1 by MidnightWatcher322

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