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Remembering the NYC attack

By alwaysakid

It's been 10 years since the bold terrorist attacks against New York City and Washington, DC, using airliners full of passengers for missiles.
I thought I'd take this opportunity to share some of my son's thoughts after standing guard over the site of the Twin Towers in NYC shortly after the attacks. He was activated as a member of the National Guard to beef up security at NYC. After serving a couple months and then being released, he sent an email to all his family and friends about the experience, as he knew everyone was wondering what it was like for him. Here is some of what he said:
"As I was standing there, a woman approached the police barrier to view what she could see. As I looked at her, she had a very lost look on her face, like she was trying to figure out what everyone was looking at. She seemed lost as to what had happened here. I could see a pain in her eyes, confusion, someone looking for resolution. Then she looked at me. This took me aback, because at that moment her facial expression changed. She came here to see what had happened, and now that she knew, her eyes asked me what I was going to do about it. It was like she was pleading with me, to bring back all the people, to single-handedly raise the towers back into existence. I didn't have to see my own facial expression to know that my face said despair. No matter what I did, or how much I helped with the effort, it would not make one damn bit of difference to the people that were already gone. Then the woman turned and walked away, and I was relieved to find myself alone again, but more alone than I had been before.
After a few hours, I was relieved to go to the church that the Red Cross had set up for rescue workers and soldiers. I walked down the street to the church, seeing store windows broken from debris, and dust that had not yet been cleaned up. Most of the streets had been cleaned, but a few stores had not been visited by their owners. It looked as if it had snowed inside the shops.
Another strong sense that was ever present the time we were there was the smell. After a month of the actual attack, the odor carried for blocks still. You could not get away from it.
I reached the church and ran quickly inside. It was very cold and when you stand out in the cold all night, it doesn't help much. The church was wonderful. It was so quiet. Rescue workers were sleeping in the balconies upstairs, and random bodies were seen to be dosing off in the pews. I sat down in one of the pews, and I couldn't seem to get warm. I said a prayer, and sat up so I wouldn't fall asleep. There were other guys standing out in the cold that I still needed to relieve. I turned around, and in the row behind me was a mother holding her daughter close to her, glad to still have her family, and sad because others had lost theirs. She seemed to hold her tightly, as if she was afraid to let her go because she might not be there for her tomorrow. I can understand how precious life is, especially for those who are shown how quickly it can be taken away. I found myself missing my family very much at that moment. I had to turn away to keep myself from weeping, but it did no good, as I wept anyway. I gathered myself after a few minutes, and went back into the cold."
May we never forget.

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Maxicoop
Sep 19, 2011 at 5:00 pm
GOD Bless New York, GOD Bless America but most of all.....GOD Bless the brave men and women who protect us so we can have the best land in the world......THANK YOU!! is all I can say
 
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TerryO
Sep 18, 2011 at 10:16 pm
I hope everyone watched the memorial service last Sunday on national TV. It was a moving experience.
 
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donnalove
Sep 18, 2011 at 12:06 pm
God Bless New York and God Bless The USA
 
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CorvairJim
Sep 12, 2011 at 12:05 am
May God bless and keep all those who lost their lives in this senseless tragedy. Not only the actual victims of the airliner impacts on the Twin Towers in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania (and their families and friends), but also the often-overlooked first responders. These gallant men and women gave selflessly of themselves, and often paid the ultimate price, losing life and limb so that others might survive the ordeal. To this day, many of the fire crews, police officers, paramedics, and other volunteers from "Ground Zero" have lingering medical effects from what they went through. "9/11 Lung Syndrome" has COPD symptoms very much like a smoker's cough from the microscopic dust particles that the dust filters couldn't stop. The dust would enter the microscopic airways in the lungs and scar them to the point where they would no longer do their job. These people can lose half or more of their lung function as a result. I heard recently that possibly as many as 10% of the people onthe scene have symptoms of this disease.
 
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alwaysakid
Sep 10, 2011 at 10:15 pm
The vehicle in the picture is one of those damaged during rescue attempts as the Twin Towers collapsed. The officer to whom the vehicle was assigned survived, but his K-9 partner did not. The vehicle is part of a traveling memorial going to various museums.
 

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