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Three years already....? Seems like yesterday. Hope we never become "numb" to this day. I will never forget what I felt that day, I've never felt anything like it in my life (48 y/o) .... shocked, stunned .... angry. I happened to have the TV on, about to go out the door, when they first reported the first hit, and didn't even move a foot for literally three hours. When I finally did, it was with most surreal of feelings.

I had just been to New York two weeks before, to the Statue of Liberty, and was in Battery Park, which I had just seen completely enveloped in the dust of those two magnificent towers, which you had to actually see for yourself to truly admire. I will always vividly remember being near a normally busy air traffic corridor (Providence RI) and not seeing a single airplane in the skies for three days ........ surreal.

I still can't believe today, three years later, that this actually happened, and that those two mammoth towers are really gone, that this whole crazed scenario actually took place......

God bless anyone who was lost in there, anyone who lost someone there, anyone who has been lost in the fighting since, or has lost someone fighting for our safety since. Whatever your political beliefs, these young people are putting their lives at risk every single day in the belief that they are keeping the rest of us safe in our homes, to type on computer screens, about "little toy cars".

Respect that, respect them .

(hope this wasn't too "political, Bobby)
 

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I couldn't have said it any better myself.
It's my brother's 35th birthday today. (What a day to end up having a birthday)

I Hope everyone who has birthdays, anniversaries, special occasions, don't feel overshadowed by "9/11" on their special days.

Give thanks people,...NEVER FORGET!!


http://members.cox.net/classicweb/Heroes/heroes.htm

Hope this link works...get something to cry on, and NEVER FORGET!!


God Bless the USA!!
 

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Wow ... incredible link, Paul. Where did you find it? Thanks for sharing it .... yes, I needed a tissue ..... if this doesn't strike something in you, you really need to think about yourself a bit.
 
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Yep, we have a lot to think about and be thankful for.... you want surreal, try no air traffic ove the NW Chicago suburbs right by O'Hare..... then on the way home my son and I saw Air Force One flying over with its escort jets (many, many) It had refueled at our Air Guard base... very strong emotions....
 

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I will remember that day for as long as I live. I was at work, and a co worker said a plane had hit the tower. At first, I didn't given it a second thought, thinking it may have been a Cessna, or other light aircraft. When my co worker returned to say another plane hit the other tower I could not believe what I was hearing. I called home and asked my wife what's going on. She, having the day off, was watching TV when it all started. Luckily we had plenty of blank tapes. She put a blank tape in three different VCR's, put each one on a different channel, and let 'em go. Then she brought me a small portable TV to my work. There we were, some 35 people crowed around this little 12'' screen, watching in horror.
I've been watching the tapes for the last couple of days, and plan to watch the memorials on TV today. I still get that feeling of horror 3 years later. It is unimaginable what these families of those lost must feel 3 years later.
We will always remember them, and the men and women who serve in uniform to protect us.
 
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"Have you Forgotten"
Darryl Worley
Words and Music by Darryl Worley and Vynn Warble

"Have You Forgotten" Play Song

I hear people saying we don't need this war
I say there's some things worth fighting for
What about our freedom and this piece of ground?
We didn't get to keep 'em by backing down
They say we don't realize the mess we're getting in
Before you start preaching
Let me ask you this my friend

CHORUS 1
Have you forgotten how it felt that day
To see your homeland under fire
And her people blown away?
Have you forgotten when those towers fell?
We had neighbors still inside
Going through a living hell
And you say we shouldn't worry 'bout Bin Laden
Have you forgotten?

They took all the footage off my T.V.
Said it's too disturbing for you and me
It'll just breed anger that's what the experts say
If it was up to me I'd show it every day
Some say this country's just out looking for a fight
After 9/11 man I'd have to say that's right

CHORUS 1
Have you forgotten how it felt that day
To see your homeland under fire
And her people blown away?
Have you forgotten when those towers fell?
We had neighbors still inside
Going through a living hell
And we vowed to get the ones behind Bin Laden
Have you forgotten?

I've been there with the soldiers
Who've gone away to war
And you can bet that they remember
Just what they're fighting for

CHORUS 2
Have you forgotten all the people killed?
Yes, some went down like heroes in that Pennsylvania field
Have you forgotten about our Pentagon?
All the loved ones that we lost
And those left to carry on
Don't you tell me not to worry 'bout Bin Laden
Have you forgotten?

Have you forgotten?
Have you forgotten?

C 2003 EMI April Music Inc./Pittsburg Landing Songs (ASCAP)
 
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"Where Were You?"
Alan Jackson
Words and Music by Alan Jackson

(Alan Jackson)

Where were you when the world stopped turning that September day
Out in the yard with your wife and children
Working on some stage in LA
Did you stand there in shock at the sight of
That black smoke rising against that blue sky
Did you shout out in anger
In fear for your neighbor
Or did you just sit down and cry

Did you weep for the children
Who lost their dear loved ones
And pray for the ones who don't know
Did you rejoice for the people who walked from the rubble
And sob for the ones left below

Did you burst out in pride
For the red white and blue
The heroes who died just doing what they do
Did you look up to heaven for some kind of answer
And look at yourself to what really matters

I'm just a singer of simple songs
I'm not a real political man
I watch CNN but I'm not sure I can tell you
The difference in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith hope and love are some good things he gave us
And the greatest is love

Where were you when the world stopped turning that September day
Teaching a class full of innocent children
Driving down some cold interstate
Did you feel guilty cause you're a survivor
In a crowded room did you feel alone
Did you call up your mother and tell her you love her
Did you dust off that bible at home
Did you open your eyes and hope it never happened
Close your eyes and not go to sleep
Did you notice the sunset the first time in ages
Speak with some stranger on the street
Did you lay down at night and think of tomorrow
Go out and buy you a gun
Did you turn off that violent old movie you're watching
And turn on "I Love Lucy" reruns
Did you go to a church and hold hands with some stranger
Stand in line and give your own blood
Did you just stay home and cling tight to your family
Thank God you had somebody to love

I'm just a singer of simple songs
I'm not a real political man
I watch CNN but I'm not sure I can tell you
The difference in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith hope and love are some good things he gave us
And the greatest is love

I'm just a singer of simple songs
I'm not a real political man
I watch CNN but I'm not sure I can tell you
The difference in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith hope and love are some good things he gave us
And the greatest is love

The greatest is love
The greatest is love

Where were you when the world stopped turning that September day
 
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Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue (The Angry American)
(Toby Keith)
©2002 Tokeco Tunes (BMI)

American Girls and American Guys
We’ll always stand up and salute
We’ll always recognize
When we see Old Glory Flying
There’s a lot of men dead
So we can sleep in peace at night
When we lay down our head

My daddy served in the army
Where he lost his right eye
But he flew a flag out in our yard
Until the day that he died
He wanted my mother, my brother, my sister and me
To grow up and live happy
In the land of the free.

Now this nation that I love
Has fallen under attack
A mighty sucker punch came flyin’ in
From somewhere in the back
Soon as we could see clearly
Through our big black eye
Man, we lit up your world
Like the 4th of July

Hey Uncle Sam
Put your name at the top of his list
And the Statue of Liberty
Started shakin’ her fist
And the eagle will fly
Man, it’s gonna be hell
When you hear Mother Freedom
Start ringin’ her bell
And it feels like the whole wide world is raining down on you
Brought to you Courtesy of the Red White and Blue

Justice will be served
And the battle will rage
This big dog will fight
When you rattle his cage
And you’ll be sorry that you messed with
The U.S. of A.
`Cause we`ll put a boot in your ass
It`s the American way

Hey Uncle Sam
Put your name at the top of his list
And the Statue of Liberty
Started shakin’ her fist
And the eagle will fly
Man, it’s gonna be hell
When you hear Mother Freedom
Start ringin’ her bell
And it feels like the whole wide world is raining down on you
Brought to you Courtesy of the Red White and Blue
 

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The first time I read this thread all the emotions I felt then came over me again with the exception of anger...I harbor so much more anger now then I did in the first weeks. I think all the extra anger is because now I look back and see how much 9/11 changed our lives forever.

The day it happened,I was listening to the am/fm in my truck(on jobs Teamsters are usually the only people with am/fm).
I told my coworkers (operators and laborers) that I heard a report that a plane had flown into one of the twin towers,we all agreed it was probably a small privately owned 4 passenger plane or something.
I went back to my truck to listen for more details and not long after returning to my truck the second plane hit...all hell breaks loose,we are being attacked.
I let my coworkers know about the second plane...everyone including myself is in shock.
Within minutes the job foreman is calling for everyone to gather at my truck to listen to my radio,after about an hour of listening one of the local residents invited us in their house to view everything on TV.Needless to say there were plenty of tears shed in this local residents frontroom ( a stranger to all of us),9-11 was enough to make the biggest,meanest,manlyest construction workers shed tears,not to mention the fact that a complete stranger opened their home for us to view TV.
A bad day whose image is burned in my mind forever.
 

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Those songs that you folks posted really say it all....... we should never forget the feelings we all felt seeing those towers collapse.

I remember having the Today show on, and just before they were signing off, they mentioned a report of a reported plane crash into one of the towers... the first reports said it was a small plane, Cessna maybe. I thought "it's a beautiful clear day in Manhatten, what in the hell would a Cessna be doing crashing into the WTC ..... then, suddenly, they showed a live shot of the buidling. That's no Cessna that made that hole, I thought.... man, that building is burning pretty good..... they're gonna have a tough time putting that one out. Never in a million years did I think it was intentional, or that it would lead to the tower collapsing.

Then, right there on live TV, an explosion in the second tower .... stunned, I wondered why in the world would there be an explosion in the other tower, when it was the first one that was in trouble ..... none of us had any idea for a couple of minutes what had just occurred. Then the announcer (Matt Lauer?) said there were reports that the second explsion was in fact another plane crash. "What????", I thought? Another plane accidentally crashing into the towers was just too coincidental to believe, what the hell is going on here?????

Suddenly, they showed a replay in slow motion, and we all in fact saw what we missed on live TV; a second plane deliberately streaking into the WTC!!! Everyone who saw this, the viewers, the announcers, everyone, sat there totally stunned ....... oh my God, what in the world is happening????

Next thing you know, there has been an explosion at the Pentagon ..... oh my God, we're under attack!!!!! By who, and why???? What the hell is next??? Suddenly, footage of people racing away from the White House .....



.... and then, while we all watched in total disbelief, the tower - much to my (and probably everyone's) total unexpected belief ........ just collapsed ....

Words can't ever describe the sick, sick feeling we all must have felt when we saw that live as it happened. Oh my God, did that just actually happen???? Dear Lord, how many souls were in that building??? What must it have been like for those poor people????

Stunned...... to this day, that feeling comes over me whenever I think about that day.

I wonder, are there any websites that one can go to to view the actual live broadcasts from the breaking story of that day, such as Today, GMA, etc., to see how that sad moment was first received? It's hard now, after what followed, to remember just how it all started.
 

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i will never foreget the exact moment i heard,,,,,saw,,,,,,,,and what i felt and still do.
 

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It was a powerful moment we had yesterday at my kids football and soccer games yesterday, the "Moment Of Silence".
Many people teared up at the thought,like It just happened yesterday. Doesn't seem like 3 years have gone by as family I have lost their loved ones in the fatal dreaded day.

On Maury Povich Friday,they had a rememberance show,andto see the couple people who lost children/husbands/fiancees got me all teary again,like when I watched it happening live that day on TV.
God Bless the memories of those who lost their lives that day and the families who are still feeling the pain............<choking up>
 

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I was working in NY that day. My office on 6th Ave. and 21st had clear view of the towers. That was something that I didn't realize in the 4 years of working there walking down 6th. I never looked up. When co-workers told me about the plane crash, I had the same reaction, I felt a pilot had a heart attack or something. When I went out and saw the devastation I was stunned. The magnitude of the day was still unclear. When the second plane hit it was surreal, everyone was in shock! All means of transportation were shut down, people were streaming up 6th Ave, dazed at first, terrified once the towers came down! I just assumed I would be sleeping at my desk.
The one remarkable thing about that day was how New Yorkers all pulled together. My secretary decided to walk home, some 15 miles, as she needed to be with her 3 year old son. The journey would take her through 2 of the worst section of the city, I tried to convince her not to, but she went anyway. Her accounts of the helpfulness of the people along the route and the safe passage she had through the dangerous areas truely capture the real "American Spirit". That is something the terrorist don't understand.
 
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