For the 343 who have fallen:
9-11 taught us as people how things can change within a matter of minutes. How good things in the world can come crumbling down all around us. Also how we can lose people who we always thought were made of stone. As a firefighter’s daughter and as a fellow firefighter I know about the consequences that I have to face in life whenever I go out on a call or every time my dad goes out on a call. I know that there is a 50-50% chance that we or he might never come back. On 9-11 daughters, mothers, wives, dads, and sons faced those consequences head on. Every time I think about 9-11, I always go back to thinking about when we got attacked by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor and what Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “We have nothing to fear, but fear itself.“ On 9-11, as firefighters and Americans, we faced fear head on. As firefighters, we watched 343 of our brothers and sisters fall to terrorism. I think it’s safe to say that we don’t feel so safe any more, knowing that this had happen in our homeland. This event by terrorists tested every firefighter’s ability to think about their duty. After the attacks on 9-11, every firefighter in America stepped up their attitude toward their job and their community. For once in many years, we, as firefighters, came together as one, as one family, and as one brotherhood.
Written By: Alecia Baldwin
Madison High Senior
Marshall, North Carolina
*** Posted by Alecia Baldwin on 2009-09-10 ***
- This week I am grateful that I did not have the loss of a family member or friend to mourn from that horrible day.
- There has been a lot of documentary evidence and true video footage shown on British TV this week.
- Even now, after all these years, a chill runs through me see the panic and carnage.
- I watched the 102 minutes with my own daughter, who is now 17, to try to explain the reasons behind the attack and really bring home the absolute terror and disbelief of that day felt around the world.
- My love and thoughts go out to all the people who lost family and friends. I suppose you will never get over the loss, but I pray each day may it get easier for you all.
- We will not—and must not!—ever forget this day, most of all, all the service heroes: firemen, police men, paramedic crews, etc., who so unselfishly went in to those buildings knowing they may never return.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL and your families! x
*** Posted by Jayne Norman (Sheffield, England) on 2009-09-10 ***
Here in England we are reminded of this week by numerous brilliant documentaries dedicated to the memory of victims of 9/11. We have seen two programmes this week which I watch with my 15 year old daughter so that she understands what happened and learns to appreciate life, love and people. The shows this week have been firstly about the last calls made by the victims which were heartbreaking and a brilliantly made documentary using the videos made by onlookers and eyewitnesses to show the events as they unfolded called "102 minutes that changed America " I don't know if these are aired in the US but they are very sensitively made and I am pleased that they help us here to spare a thought for all who suffered then and suffer still. They make me cry very much. My heart goes out to those people and I want you all to know that many people here send you all love. So many people lost people who were so special, and everyone should send a little love and good thoughts to try to make the world a little better. God bless you all this week and every single day. Jo x
*** Posted by jo pullan on 2009-09-09 ***