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post #21 of 28 Old 09-13-2010, 11:06 AM
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cant believe it was 9 years ago... there was a weird atmosphere that day. I was at school, 9 yo but still shook us all. found out about it when I got home and saw the second attack live on the tv :( Beautiful advert, well done Budweiser, for not forgetting.

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September 11th made for a day at work that was interesting on the front that so many people worked together to make sure everyone was informed.

I was in a meeting. I left the meeting to go back to my office to grab some drawings off my desk. As I entered my office the radio I had on my desk broke in to say a plane had just run into the world trade center.

I returned to my meeting and mentioned to the people around me that a plane had just run into the world trade center.

We continued our meeting and a bit later someone poked their head in to tell us that another plane had crashed into the second tower.

We do not have a cable TV hook up in the office and at the time there was no network/internet hook up in the conference room. But we did have an old TV down in the back storage room. We got that out and some wires from various places to make an antenna and one big wig and one peon person worked together to make that TV work in the conference room (biggest area of the office).

We spent the rest of the day some what in auto pilot type mode, where people were getting stuff done that had to be done, but everyone kept ending up in the conference room to see what was going on.
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That was the fall of my senior year in high school, I can remember the first tower had been hit before I went to school and Mom and I were watching on the news. When I left for school, they still weren't sure what exactly had happened and suspected that a pilot of a smaller plane had fallen asleep and crashed. After I got to school, we spent all day gathered in the foyer listening to the whole thing unfold on the radio, huddling together and crying. Some of my classmates were convinced that the next target would be the Pantex plant in Amarillo (storage facility for nuclear components). Of course, the teachers said that wouldn't happen but the students were so convinced they started freaking the rest of us out. After the shock kinda wore off, I was furious and spent most of my senior year believing that I would enlist after graduation and go looking for revenge (like half the other kids my age :roll:). But, my parents wouldn't let me. Now, I'm glad, but then I was just angry.
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smrobs, they weren't looking to destroy any of our weapons facilities; the targets they chose were symbolic to us as a nation.

The WTC towers because they represented our wealth and prosperity. The Pentagon because it represents our military might. The White House was the target for the flight that went down in PA, because it represents our government and leadership.

Their goal was to terrorize the citizenry, not take down the actual institutions they were targeting. That's what terrorists do; terrorize and kill innocent individuals. Cowards and bullies never go after the ones with the real power.

I believe, unfortunately, that too many U.S. citizens have become complacent again. After all, it's been 9 years and there hasn't been another attack.

I am always vigilant, and will be until the day I die. Americans lost our sense of isolation and security on that day, and I for one will never be lulled back into complacency.

Another attack on our home soil is inevitable. How we deal with it a second time will show how many of us really haven't forgotten the lessons we learned 9 years ago.
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I have to say New York people definitely did not forget it (and probably never will). The way people responded to emergency situations there after Sept 11 was very different from other places I lived.

I can tell everything changed. I remember taking flights before 9/11 and how relaxed people were, and now people are much more alert to others. Besides so many lives taken that day changed the way of thinking for many many people. Whenever there is an explosion, or wreck (like that train accident in MD last year), everyone is ready for the terrorist act. People don't feel safe anymore. And it is very sad.

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post #26 of 28 Old 09-13-2010, 02:01 PM
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The video and all the comments have brought me to tears. I still remember that day like it was yesterday. I was taking a couple of college classes, and had just gotten out of American History. I saw a girl crying in the hallway and then noticed everyone else rushing into different class rooms. I went back into the room I was in and the teacher had the TV on. That was my last class of the day, but ended up staying and watching the whole tragedy unfold on CNN. A lot of prayers went up that day, and still do for the families and friends lost that tragic day.

When my daughter first told me earlier this year that she was joining the AF, I told her that I was very proud of her and her decision...but at the same time I was totally terrified that she was going to be sent overseas. THANK YOU to all who are serving to keep the freedom this nation has been allowed to cherish. That day we realized that this is something that any of us should take for granted.

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We've lost our innocence as well as our arrogance, Kitten.

We Americans would look at the terrorist activities around the world and tsk, shake our heads, and collectively think, 'Glad that couldn't happen here.'

Well now we know it can, and will again. I'm not afraid, I'm just aware.

The fact of the matter is that we're not safe and haven't been for many years. 9/11 just made it obvious.

Freedom isn't free. Our troops, LEOs, emergency workers, and all military personnel are the ones we need to continue to thank for what freedom and safety we have. God bless them all, especially those in harm's way.

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post #28 of 28 Old 09-13-2010, 02:12 PM
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Nobody has forgotten here. I think it depends on what community you live in and how you were affect.

I think because we are surrounded by so many active and retired Millitary. There are so many government law enforcement agencies in this area and first responders that there are daily reminders. My brother in law was killed in Afghanistan (he was in the group of three - the first casualties).

It's funny because I always remember D-day, and that happened way before I was born, but my family is a very big millitary family. I have some friends that have no millitary, no first responder, no any kind of that stuff in there familys, and you know... they don't even see what the big deal is for the 4th of July? I remember one of them saying something about how much we waste on fireworks... Say what????

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