Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Never Forget, Never Surrender

Where were you when the world stopped turning?

These will always be the images I see when I hear the phrase "9/11."



As the years have passed and I see this all through the haze of memory, I also see a few more images that give me some other feelings...



The thought that I will never take this country or our safety for granted. Never again. 

And part of me needs to hold on to the fear that I had going to bed that night. 

We need to not let it get to where we're immune to these images making us feel something. Whether it's sick, sorrowful, mad...we need to feel it.



Do you remember where you were?



13 comments:

Lori E said...

I remember it well. We stood in our living rooms and stared at the tv in disbelief.
We, as your neighbours to the North were heartbroken for you.
You are so right that this should never, ever be forgotten.

Heathers Happenings said...

That is one day I'll never forget.

Furry Bottoms said...

I remember it well. I had just gotten home from the hospital the night before, after having surgery on my head. So I was groggy and my mom woke me up, pointed to the TV and I looked at it and I seriously thought it was in another country where that happens often. Once I realized it was in NYC, in AMERICA... I was deeply shocked.

VandyJ said...

Exactly where I was, at work, doing the normal to a patient when one of the other girls stuck her head in the room and told me what was happening--we thought it was only a small plane, but we soon learned it was much, much worse than that.

Impulsive Addict said...

Yep. I was watching the Today show getting ready for some classes at my college. I'll never forget standing there in disbelief and what I was hearing. Being from Oklahoma and dealing with the OKC bombings was horrible enough. Such a sad day for America. Great post!

McVal said...

I was at work and went downstairs to watch everything unfold on tv with my co-workers. At lunch, still in shock, another co-worker, who had been holed up in his office all day came in and said, Hey, I heard on the radio this morning that a small plane hit the world trade center?? Every dropped their lunch and stared at him... Um Kim... you need to go check the news...

Mrs. Match said...

Oh those first two pictures just made me tear up. Such an awful day. I was in my dorm room, in the first month of college as a freshman. I remember being so scared, because there were reports that the second plane was on its way to us, in San Francisco. I ended up taking a friend to an AA meeting because he needed it badly. We met two business men who get this, worked in the trade center...and were supposed to be there, but got picked to go on a business trip to SF. They said it was a mix of gratitude and guilt at being spared.

Emmy said...

Very very well said. And yes, it is that immunity and people forgetting that I wrote about toady-- how quickly people forget.

Xazmin said...

I remember so vividly. And I also find it so weird that my kids don't. Because they were too young, or weren't here. It is just so bizarre to me that that it's not real to them like it is to me.

becca said...

beautiful tribute

Annmarie Pipa said...

oh yes..i remember exactly. i think everyone does.

Mrs. Petrie said...

I was driving to work and thought it was a radio program, like War of the Worlds. I couldn't believe something like this could happen to us.

Unknown Mami said...

Oh, I remember and in many ways my life turned out the way it did because of that day and who I was with.