After the impact: Thoughts on 9/11

Thirteen-year old Richard worked on his model train and listened to his favorite radio show which was interrupted with an alert that Pearl Harbor had been attacked. At first, actual witnesses at Pearl Harbor thought it was a training exercise.  As if it happened yesterday, Richard still remembers the day. It became his first exposure to the true definition of terror. What would happen next?

For Richard and the next generation better known as the Baby Boomers everyone knew exactly where they were when John F. Kennedy was shot. When first announced, some thought it was a mistake; the President would be fine until the second fatal announcement that confirmed his death. I was in the grade school library when it was announced over the loud speaker. I even remember the agonizing cries followed by a deafening silence that stifled the country.  It was the first time school was dismissed early without the sounds of celebration. No one knew what to do, what to say but they moved through the days ahead with caution; immobilized by fear. I remember watching nothing else but the dramatic events of our President’s death unfold on television. At the scene of JFK’s shooting, Governor Connelly’ wife, had cried out, that they would kill us all. What would happen next?

Ironically, both American tragedies mirror the perfect responses and actions of the American people years later as they witnessed the terrorist attacks on September 11th 2001.

While remembering my own place in time when the Twin Towers fell, I decided to ask others about their memories of 9/11. One recalls sitting in a Freshman English class in college and someone running into class to say that the World Trade Center had been attacked. Class, too, was dismissed for the day. And another was asleep but awakened by his hysterical father who was telling him to get up and watch the news, that the country was doomed.  What would happen next?  But then someone who overheard my curiosity about remembering 9/11 spoke three quiet but penetrating words, “I was there.”

She began her recollection of 9/11 describing a gorgeous, cloudless day on Church Street in New York City, visiting a friend from school, when she  saw the first plane crash and thought it was an accident. And for a brief second, I remembered that one moment the President was still alive. When the second plane hit, she knew that it was not an accident.  A fireman grabbed her and her friend, having them hide; protected underneath a fire truck.  It seemed like time had stood still under that truck…would they kill us all? She listened to the desperate screams, sirens blaring but then an eerie silence along with the smell of sulfur. Days later, it was like a disaster film as people wandered the streets of New York. It changed her life, her dreams and she joined the police force because of its effects

Though many feel that Pearl Harbor or the assassination of John F Kennedy  cannot be equalized to the events of 9/11, any American tragedy leaves a lasting impression; creating nation-wide emotional pain  encompassed by mortal fear; always prompting the question where were you that fateful day. Unless your memory has been altered or too young to develop those mnemonic skills, we all get a perfect score when answering that question.

However, as we remember the 17th anniversary of 9/11, will we express thanks for our own and be grateful for the ones who continue to fight for us today? Can we give ourselves high marks for reflecting on the lives lost, families stricken and the brave responders who didn’t think twice about their own welfare but tried to create calm within the storm?

If we can always remember exactly where we were at the time tragedy claimed our attention, we can take time to increase our participation grade and honor those whose lives will be forever impacted by the tragedy of September 11, 2001.

(Originally published in the Chicago Tribune)

2 thoughts on “After the impact: Thoughts on 9/11”

  1. Amen. I forgive, but it still makes me angry. I pray the truth comes out and spreads worldwide. The official narrative of 9/11 is a lie (just like they lied about JFK). Too few of us know the truth even 17 years later. I pray the Lord brings truth and justice and roots the traitors and liars out of our country!

    The power families who run the Federal Reserve and the world banking system will not get away with their evil crimes forever. That was some move they made back in 1913 having Woodrow Wilson sign that evil Federal Reserve Act! It was after that time that all the modern booms and busts, recessions and depressions, and wars, assassinations, and false flags started happening as they systematically de-industrialized and tried to destroy our country. They control the money, so they control the world. They actually print the money, then lend it back to our country at interest, which causes inflation! The Federal Reserve is not federal. It is a privately owned bank! Look at a dollar. Does it say United States Note or Federal Reserve Note? That’s right.

    That is how satan operates. Satan gave the power families (i.e. Rothschilds and Rockefellers) a money tree. They and their collaborators killed JFK and they perpetrated 9/11 too. JFK tried to end their Federal Reserve Note and print United States Notes backed by silver. Two months later, they killed him. 9/11 is about world domination for them. Their motto is “Order out of chaos.” They cause the chaos, so they can birth their new order out of it. If anybody thinks all that is nuts, I encourage you to do the research. Millions of us know the truth.

    Thank you for this post! Sorry my reply is so long, but I am passionate about this. God bless you!

    “I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world no longer a Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.”

    -Woodrow Wilson, after signing the Federal Reserve into existence

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