18 Years After 9/11 -- Let Us Never Forget

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Remembering September 11, 2001: Let Us Never Forget

 

18 years have passed since that horrific day on September 11th, 2001 -- and even after 18 years I can still remember how that day as if it was yesterday. September 11th, 2001 is a day that fundamentally changed all of our lives. And although on 9/11 we knew our lives had changed most likely forever, we at that time didn't yet really know how much they would change. And many of those changes have become the "new normal" for us. And I've found that even thought it's been 18 years, in some ways when this day comes around, I'm more emotional today and I was then... maybe because some of the shock of that day has worn off... so all that's left is emotion.

 

The memories of one of the darkest days in American history 18 years later remain crystal clear in my mind's eye. It still feels like yesterday that we were witnessing the events of September 11, 2001 unfold.  I still remember the first shock, I still remember the fear that came with not being able to reach friends and family by phone (especially those who worked in or near the Twin Towers). I still remember getting through the day without a lot of emotion -- just shock -- and suddenly around 6:00 pm starting to weep. Here we are, 18 years later, marking another anniversary of that tragic day. It feels like yesterday. And I think it will always feel like yesterday to me. And I doubt I will be less emotional on this day in the years to come.

 

One day 9/11 will become "ancient" history to future generations (already 20% of Americans have no memory of that day). But so long as those of us who lived through that day are around, WE MUST NEVER FORGET!  And I for one know, I could never forget! And today, 18 years later, tears still come to my eyes when I think of that day.

 

 

I Had A Personal Relationship With The Twin Towers

New York City is my "home town" and I knew the Twin Towers well, having often walked through their doors for business meetings when I was still working in the corporate world. But even before that, I remember watching those two towers be built. We celebrated my mother's 70th birthday there in 1989 on the top of the building. My husband and I had flown in from Paris, where we were living at the time, and to surprise her. It was such a fun and happy evening, never to be forgotten.

 

The first time I returned to NYC after the towers fell, driving in from the airport was surreal seeing the skyline without the towers in the distance. I can't forget my shock coming out of the subway at the foot of the old World Trade Center and seeing a big hole in the ground instead the towers. And no matter how many times I came out of that subway station to see that hole in the ground, it remained a shock to me.

 

To those many who lost a loved one that day, my heart and prayers continue to go out to you. I know you suffered losses that can never be replaced. Today, on the 18th anniversary of 9/11, let's take a moment to remember all the heroes of that day -- both those who perished and those who survived. Let's make sure these deaths were not in vain.

 

And as we look back, today is also a good day to take a moment today to reflect on the things that are most important in our lives and to remember that through tragedy we have the opportunity to rise even stronger.

 

 


 LET US NEVER FORGET

 

 

"September 11 is one of our worst days, but it brought out the best in us. It unified us as a country and showed our charitable instincts and reminded us of what we stood for and stand for."

Senator Lamar Alexander

 

"September 11th impressed upon us that life is a precious gift... and I think we all have a duty to devote at least a small portion of our daily lives to ensuring that neither American nor the the world ever forgets September 11th."

Senator Bill Frist

 

"9/11 - a day to remember that extraordinary heroes are often disguised as ordinary people and that spirit and soul are unbreakable."

Stacey Alcorn

 

"Time is passing. Yet for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children."

President George W. Bush

 

 

LET US NEVER FORGET

LET'S ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT THE PRICE OF FREEDOM IS ETERNAL VIGILANCE

and...

LET'S ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT FREEDOM IS NOT FREE!

 

 

May God Bless Those Who Died, Their Families And May God Bless America On This Anniversary And Every Day To Come!

 

 

 

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Nina Hollander
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Beth Atalay hi Beth... so nice to "see" you... haven't seen you in the Rain for a while. Hope all is well. 9/11 is always a very emotional day for me... the images and sounds of that day are just seared into my brain.

Sep 11, 2019 05:52 AM #9
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Wayne Martin hi Wayne... I know quite a few people who got out and no one who perished in the Towers... but how that day unfolded is a memory that is as fresh in my mind's eye today as it was 18 years ago.

Sep 11, 2019 05:53 AM #10
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Nina, it was sad watching the news this morning, and remembering that horrific day.

Sep 11, 2019 07:43 AM #11
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Nina, Watching it on TV this morning and knowing the outcome was surreal. Yes take a moment...and Let's Never Forget!

Sep 11, 2019 07:53 AM #12
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Nina,

It was an emotional day for all of us.  We lived in Napa at the time, and we just could not believe this happened.  We could not turn on the TV without crying our eyes out..A

Sep 11, 2019 07:58 AM #13
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Joan Cox hi Joan... I can this on the news every year and despite so much time passing, it's just a horrific to watch all over again each year.

Sep 11, 2019 10:25 AM #14
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 hi Sheila and Larry... I think because now we know what the outcome was, in some ways it's even harder to watch after the fact.

Sep 11, 2019 10:26 AM #15
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel hi Alexandra... I don't think I turned off my TV's at all that day. I was so stressed trying to reach people who worked in the area and my brother who taught school in the area I didn't have a chance to cry until much later in the day.

Sep 11, 2019 10:27 AM #16
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I will never forget walking into the gym just minutes before the first plane hit the tower. The news break reported that a traffic helicopter had crashed into the twin towers. Soon after the second plane struck and we all stopped and gathered around the TV in shock. I will never forget Nina Hollander 

Sep 11, 2019 03:08 PM #17
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS hi Paul... I remember the shock that came over me when I saw that happening live... I'll never forget that feeling.

Sep 11, 2019 03:18 PM #18
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Thank you very much, Nina, for sharing your memories and your selection of quotes.

Sep 11, 2019 05:27 PM #19
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Morning Nina.

Like I've said before I vividly remember what I was doing when I heard the news.  The pain is still there

Sep 12, 2019 01:38 AM #20
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Nina Hollander
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James Dray good morning, James. I cannot imagine how hard-hearted someone would have to be to have seen this happen 18th years ago and not feel pain.

Sep 12, 2019 03:59 AM #21
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Nina Hollander
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Roy Kelley good morning, Roy... 9/11 is a day that Americans should never forget and always observe.

Sep 12, 2019 04:00 AM #22
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Good morning Nina Hollander - I remember the day being in Westchester.  I had friends that were lost in the Towers.  I was surreal and we should never forget.

Sep 12, 2019 07:35 AM #23
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Grant Schneider hi Grant... to this day I can remember how my day unfolded on 9/11 after the first tower was hit with unbelievable clarity. I knew so many people who worked in the World Trade Center and to this day don't know how it happened that no one I knew died that day.

Sep 12, 2019 09:55 AM #24
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Nina as I have stated on other blogs, I remember watching the second plan flying into the tower.  I felt like I was in a fog and that could not possibly be happening.

Sep 12, 2019 02:47 PM #25
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George Souto hi George... I remember that very same feeling... impossible to believe what your eyes were seeing. And even today when I see it on TV it doesn't seem real.

Sep 12, 2019 03:11 PM #26
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Hi Nina Hollander,

The closest feeling that I can relate to your experience is going through a couple of our bad earthquakes in SoCal. Not knowing how your friends and relatives are and not being able to reach them. This is a horrific experience that you and thousands like you went through on 9/11.  Hopefully, none of us have to go through this ever again. 

Sep 13, 2019 08:57 AM #27
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE® hi Sheri... you totally get it... it's terrible to go hour after hour without knowing what's happened to people you care about.

Sep 13, 2019 03:28 PM #28
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