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    We Will Not Forget

    Twelve years ago now, hard to believe it has been that long, all our lives were changed when terrorists flew planes full of ordinary people into the World Trade Towers, the Pentagon, and one plane was taken down by brave passengers in a Pennsylvania field.

    So many, many people died, and I will never forget the anguished screams of the man who worked in the first floor of the building I was working in at the time. We all were gathered around the small TV in my boss's office, and watched, stunned, as the second plane his the New York towers.

    All flights were suspended, and the air above us in Boston on that bright sunny day was suddenly silent. Sounds so ordinary and expected - the busy traffic going to and from Logan Airport - was conspicuous in its absence. Later that was interrupted by the loud passages of fighter jets on patrol.

    Pet Talkers with loved ones in New York were franticly trying to reach them, but cell phone traffic was down, and when it came back up, was overloaded. Images of the firefighters and police and dogs searching for survivors is burned into all our brains forever.

    We will not forget. We will teach the children who were yet to be born that day. We will not forget.
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    In our area, children are not taught about 9-11. It isn't in the history books, and is deemed too un-PC to teach, as we might offend a race/ethnicity/religion. Kind of sad. Adults will remember, most of our children have no idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cataholic View Post
    In our area, children are not taught about 9-11. It isn't in the history books, and is deemed too un-PC to teach, as we might offend a race/ethnicity/religion. Kind of sad. Adults will remember, most of our children have no idea.
    Now that's sad. But I do know I learned more history from my parents and from my own reading than I learned in school - I grew up in a home packed with books!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cataholic View Post
    In our area, children are not taught about 9-11. It isn't in the history books, and is deemed too un-PC to teach, as we might offend a race/ethnicity/religion. Kind of sad. Adults will remember, most of our children have no idea.
    OMG - that is awful - and so not right. Who was pious and pompous enough to make that call and to then have it enforced? Why is fact and reality banned? Ignore it and bury your head in the sand and you don't have to face it - to teach the children - and to answer all of their difficult to answer questions???? Yes - such a brilliant way to teach and inform. Unbelievable!!!!

    It's not just "kind of said" as you said, Johanna - it's damn sad to the max.

    I don't think I will ever forget one minute of what happened that day - it is burned into my memory - as ugly as it may be. To witness as it happened - the death of thousands of innocent people - is something that is not easily erased from our minds - and it shouldn't be. Let it be a reminder - "there but for the grace of God, go I", and count your blessings that you are still here to remember. Thousands can't.......
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    It's a quiet day for me for a couple of reasons... My church lost an associate pastor on the plane that was headed from Boston to L.A. Today in particular - on 9/11/01 I had just started a new job and was going to train with a nurse who worked from her home. She lives not very far from where I'm working now, so I found myself going the exact same route at almost the same time, on another sunny September morning. I'm glad this day is almost over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pomtzu View Post
    OMG - that is awful - and so not right. Who was pious and pompous enough to make that call and to then have it enforced? Why is fact and reality banned? Ignore it and bury your head in the sand and you don't have to face it - to teach the children - and to answer all of their difficult to answer questions???? Yes - such a brilliant way to teach and inform. Unbelievable!!!!

    It's not just "kind of said" as you said, Johanna - it's damn sad to the max.
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    POM- I didn't mean to suggest that it was an intentional decision, it just is. Fact and reality, IMO, as it relates to American history in this country, has been mis-represented forever. I think of the Native American Indians as an example. Political Science as WE know it, doesn't seem to comport with what the rest of the world knows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cataholic View Post
    POM- I didn't mean to suggest that it was an intentional decision, it just is. Fact and reality, IMO, as it relates to American history in this country, has been mis-represented forever. I think of the Native American Indians as an example. Political Science as WE know it, doesn't seem to comport with what the rest of the world knows.
    It all depends on who is writing the history. Regardless of who is writing it their national bias normally comes out.
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    My Dad was on a plane from Newark Airport. I'm just thankful that it wasn't his plane. Seriously, I cannot imagine the loss. It's so sad. I will never forget. Being in third grade, I didn't really understand it but it really showed you the evil that exists.

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    I remember where I was that sad day.

    Here in the South, New York is a foreign country. Not many people were that upset. It was like the infidels (NYC) deserved it. I was living in a small town then. But there were no events at our high school today. I was off, but checked the email. nothing.

    It's like what happens up north doesn't affect us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrspunkysmom View Post
    I remember where I was that sad day.

    Here in the South, New York is a foreign country. Not many people were that upset. It was like the infidels (NYC) deserved it. I was living in a small town then. But there were no events at our high school today. I was off, but checked the email. nothing.

    It's like what happens up north doesn't affect us.

    That's sad - there were people from the South killed in the towers that day! I hope you mention it to the school, and maybe today - or even next year - you can have some sort of at least special moment in commemoration. Even if the kids do not know anyone who was in the towers that day, I am betting they know people in the military whose lives were directly influenced by that day. Soldiers who were killed or injured in the resulting "war on terror" would be a powerful lesson for the kids. Especially as many of those killed have been young men and women not much older than them.
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    I should shut my mouth while I'm ahead, but I never have in the past, so why start now??

    It is absolutely unconscionable to me, that 9/11 can go untaught and/or unacknowledged by so many people in this country. Just because you live in a particular part of the country, or you don't feel that it should be taught in schools for whatever lame reasons are given, or because it didn't directly affect you or your family or your friends, is that a valid reason to look the other way??? What the hell is wrong with people????? We are the United States - are we not?????
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    Thank you, Ellie.

    That wasn't an attack of New York City, it was an attack of the United States of America. And we ALL have been involved in Middle East turmoil ever since, directly as a result. With many people from not just New York City but all over this country becoming casualties in that turmoil.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pomtzu View Post
    I should shut my mouth while I'm ahead, but I never have in the past, so why start now??

    It is absolutely unconscionable to me, that 9/11 can go untaught and/or unacknowledged by so many people in this country. Just because you live in a particular part of the country, or you don't feel that it should be taught in schools for whatever lame reasons are given, or because it didn't directly affect you or your family or your friends, is that a valid reason to look the other way??? What the hell is wrong with people????? We are the United States - are we not?????
    No, we've become a fractious polity that cannot, with honesty, be called the United anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady's Human View Post
    No, we've become a fractious polity that cannot, with honesty, be called the United anything.
    Sadly, I believe that you are correct.

    Ya know - all of this lack of acknowledging the day, let alone the people, brings to mind something that falls under the UNITED theme.

    Delaware has sent their team of firefighters that specialize in wildfires, out west on several occasions so far in this season that has been devastated by so many fires. Do they not go because it's out west and doesn't affect them, it's not in their backyard or even remotely close, their property, family and animals are not in danger, etc. Do they say "sorry 'bout your luck" (or worse which I can't say here) - it's your problem -- you deal with it? No - they unite with firefighters from all over the country and work as a team.

    United we stand - and I do believe that everybody knows the rest of that saying.
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    Now is the only time you have, so live it with a will -
    Don't wait until tomorrow - the hands may then be still.
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