11TH ANNIVERSARY OF SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 (IN MEMORIUM, A LINK TO THE LIST OF ALL NAMES OF THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES)…
Today marks the 11th anniversary of the September 11th attacks when a series of four suicide attacks were committed on American soil by 19 members of al-Qaeda in the areas of New York City, NY; Washington, DC; Arlington, VA and Shanksville, PA.
America will never ever forget the horror and the shock of September 11, 2001, but I don’t think that’s what today will be about. It will be about honoring and remembering the brave 3,000+ people who were killed by extreme terrorists who wanted to annihilate innocent people in America. Their gutless attacks were no measure for the strength and resolve of the American people. Americans have been through hell and back, have tirelessly fought for justice and freedom for all people, and have always rebounded from severe adversity. That’s why freedom will never die, especially in America; we value it so intensely. America’s determination will shine as brightly as all those beautiful souls who perished on that fateful day. We will remember the fathers, the mothers, the grandfathers and grandmothers, the sisters, brothers, daughters, sons, aunts, uncles, friends and acquaintances who we knew and loved then, and remember still today. That’s who we will be remembering today, and always.
We, as a nation, have been so divided the past four years. This is one time where we can come together and be as one. We will join in remembering the brave fallen heroes who lost their own lives saving others; we will remember all those brave people who tried to help their coworkers get out, but couldn’t get out themselves; we will remember the brave men and women who were in those planes, comforting one another in their last hours of unimaginable grief; and we will remember all those loved ones who remained here, mourning their overwhelming losses. We will pray with those left behind, and as we pray together, we will feel the genuine love that one human being feels for another during a time of great loss and grief. We will do that because that’s what America is all about—it’s about people joining together to comfort one another, all the while knowing that God will give us a better tomorrow. We will pray with those who worked so tirelessly clearing the destruction left by radical cowards, endangering their own health in the process, and we will thank God that during that horrific time, and I remember it well, the construction crews, firefighters and police were able to stay at Ground Zero much longer because God blessed them with warm weather through the winter. May God bless them all for their heroic efforts!
Here is a link to the September 11th Memorial Site which lists all the names of those who perished on that tragic day. In this list, you can sort by Name, Age, Employer, City, State, Country, Location and when the list was Updated. Some pictures have been included as well. If you lost a loved one on that day, please accept my sincerest condolences to you and your families…
I always remember them in my prayers, and their families as well. I’m posting a couple of sites that document the tragedies...
May God continue to bless them and keep them close to Him, and may God continue to bless us all and our Great Nation as well. I’d like to close with a few of my favorite quotes…
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
— Jesus Christ on the Mount, Matthew 5:4
“Grief shared is grief diminished.”
— Rabbi Grollman
“We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.”
— Kenji Miyazawa (1896-1933)
With much love to all,