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Oh to look at the date and realize what horrors had befallen us as a nation just three short years ago. What losses we had succumbed to. Upon hearing of the unfolding events one could not believe and had to witness for themselves what was happening. Standing with disbelief and terror we gathered around television sets, stopped in our tracks and watched the developing story unfold before our eyes.

I remember exactly where I was on that day. At work, standing in a reception area with patients and employees gathered around the television. All of us watched with disbelief. We were drawn to the television and showed compassion, fear, and heart wrenching sadness in our eyes and on our faces.

The first tower crumbled and smoking. The incoming jet targeted and then flew into the second tower right before our eyes. The pentagon too was hit. And finally the heroic gestures of the last flight felled in a field saving others from the same fates.

The smoking and crumbled remains of the towers in NYC and the Pentagon were flickering on the television screen. Frozen and speechless and some of us with tears and our eyes we wondered what else might happen? What would be the next target?

We prayed for the lost souls, and for their families. We cried for our nation. If you attuned your ears you could almost hear the cries of hundreds of voices carried on the winds as they issued their last cries for help, or succumbed to death. This date will always be remembered. Even though I lost no one on that day I grieve for all that did. Parents lost children, children lost parents and wifes and husbands lost husbands and wifes. So much unwavering grief was cast upon our nation in almost the wink of an eye.

On that day our nation suffered tumultuous losses, and too on that day heroes were born. Heroes such as firefighters, police and volunteers came from all over the nation to help. They searched the rubble day after day after day finding survivors and victims. They will carry the brunt of remembering what they saw and maybe even post traumatic stress. For working so hard may God bless them and angels watch over them as many still recover from that horrific task.

That single day brought us all together to remind us of our country’s constitution. Freedom, united for liberty and justice for all. And on almost every house on every street and from every car or truck you saw American flags waving fervently and stickers stating “these colors don’t run” or “we will remember” or “we will never forget”. And together we still mourn the hundreds lost in this terrorist invasion upon our nation. May God bless America and keep her safe.


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CJ Herlihy



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by cjherlihy

CJ's Tribute
Well Put. God Bless America. Thanks - Carl

( Posted by: cjmiller [Member] On: September 11, 2004 )





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