9/11 Remembered

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cornerstone Business Group Inc 0225086119

I've posted this before, but on this sacred day, it bears repeating.

 

On this anniversary of September 11, 2001, I have to reflect a bit.  On that morning, I had just returned from the gym and turned on the TV.  The first tower had just been hit and there was a lot of confusion about what had just happened.  Reporters were just starting to broadcast, and there were more unknowns than knowns.

I was telling my wife that it looked like a small plane had crashed into one of the twin towers and it was on fire.  Then I saw the second plane circling around to make impact.  Within seconds it hit the tower, and I followed that with the comment, "We're under attack."  As a Christian, I'm familiar with the voice of God, and instantly He said, "It's not over!"  That started a day of phone calls and prayer at our house.  Two of my good friends were commercial pilots.  One was taxiing in the plane behind the plane that hit the Pentagon.  I stayed engaged in those calls until I had accounted for all of my friends and family.  

That was the beginning of a new America.  The one I had grown up with was over, and a new country was about to emerge.  Within six months, I was in the former Soviet Union, and in a conversation with a dear friend, Yana Katsova, I said, "What the terrorists didn't understand is that they would have to kill all of us to kill the American spirit."  And Yana, in a simple, but classic response said, "That's the same thing they think."  She was probably right, but I wonder if the terrorists really knew who they attacked.

The United States of America isn't just a land mass.  Geographically, it might be, but the USA as we know it, is an ideal.  It is an idea born out of the hearts of men and women who longed for freedom and the free expression of their thoughts and ideas.   It's more than dirt.  It's a determination and a dedication in the hearts of its citizens that exceeds the bounds of fear and intimidation.

America is more than political parties, religious sects, tribalism and sectarianism. America is the strength of the individual combined with an invisible bond to people known and unknown.  It is that bond that causes one individual to rise up to defend another simply because he is an American.  Strangers become allies when attacked by outside adversaries, and for that moment they are one.  They may return to totally disconnected lives in the days that follow, but in that one event they are brothers and sisters.

What the terrorists of 9/11 could never figure out is that an attack like that of September 11, 2001 only works to make us stronger.  Rather than cower in fear, an American rises in strength and an undaunted boldness that overcomes fear.  It empowers the American spirit to respond purposefully and justly.  When the hammer of justice slams down on the enemies of the American ideal an element of mercy rises to make sure that the measure of justice is just and not simply a response of flailing at invisible enemies who cannot be counted.  Sure there have been those who have abused that long arm of justice, but they are soon exposed and ostracized by the very people they assumed they would impress.  No, make no mistake, Americans are seekers of justice more that seekers of retribution.

The United States of America, even with all of her flaws and foibles is a great land.  She is still a light set upon a hill.  People from all over the world risk life and limb to land upon her shores.  She is the hope of many, the home to masses and the greatest idea and ideal mankind has ever seen.  God bless this great country.  God bless those who perished, and those they left behind, on September 11, 2001, and may we never forget what makes us great.

 

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Bob "RealMan" Timm
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Mike Cooper, GRI  my son was born a month after 911 and I was wondering what kind of world he and his sister would live in. Despite a lot of negative concerns about their generation (they are not 19 and 18 years of age) I can tell you that there are a lot of patriots in their age group. I could not be prouder that today, 09/11/2019, will be my daughters first day at Basic Training.

Just this morning I asked my son what he has been taught in school and I feared what he may tell me. Thank God we live in a community, Minot ND, where the truth is still taught in public schools. His answer was that "Muslim extremists attacked the USA and murdered 3 thousand innocent people".

Sep 11, 2019 08:01 AM #1
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Kris Collis, Associate Broker
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Mike,  Thank you for all the profound thoughts and remembrances of that day. Our country is indeed "a determination and a dedication in the hearts of its citizens that exceeds the bounds of fear and intimidation." An example of that is my niece who married on 9-11 to bring new energy, new light and a new precedent for that day, turning fear to love.

Sep 11, 2019 08:03 AM #2
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Marte Cliff
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Thank you for a profound and moving tribute to America. We are all that you said, and I know that somehow our independent spirit will prevail over those who now wish to turn us into a nation of mindless sheep.

Yes - God bless America.

Sep 11, 2019 09:57 PM #3
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James Dray
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Morning Mike.

Like you, I can vividly remember exactly what I was doing and where I was when 9/11 happened.  I will never forget 

Sep 12, 2019 01:54 AM #4
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Anne Corbin
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I lived in Culpeper then and remember what I was doing that day, for sure. My husband was working in Northern Virginia and heard the plane hit the Pentagon. They thought it was a crane dropping a large pipe. He saw the fighter planes in the sky and knew something bad had happened. He called me to tell me he was okay. I didn't know what he was talking about because it was Tuesday and I was in the middle of payroll day! Then, I started hearing conversation around the office about a plane hitting a NY tower. Culpeper was also the city where the husband/wife flight attendants were buried. I watched as the cars went through town to take them to their final resting place. I also walked in the park where the honorary bench was placed in their honor. It was a strange and humbling time. 

Sep 12, 2019 06:18 AM #5
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Diana Dahlberg
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I remember the day like it was yesterday.  I was driving to work and heard about the first plane hitting the Twin Tower.  I immediately thought "that's not right ... that had to be deliberate. How do you hit a tower unless you were aiming for it?" I prayed all the way to my office ... thinking about the people inside the tower and what a chaotic situation they were encountering. When I got to the office I told alkl my staff about it and we went into the conference room to watch the news.  Within a few moments we watched a second plane hit the other tower.  Now I was convinced, "We are being attacked!"

My heart is re-broken every time I was footage of what happened to America that day.  

I will Never Forget ... 

Sep 12, 2019 11:09 AM #6
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Mike- I do love your post. What frightened me after the fact was learning that some of the terrorists had lived in Delray Beach not far from where we lived. That day was a turning point for our country. We went from a country that had fought in wars for others to seeing that battle brought to our own soil. 

I share your concern for our children and grandchildren...do they have the stomach to do what it takes? 

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