Saturday, September 11, 2010

A Pause to Remember and Reflect

Today, on September 11th, we pause to think on the terrible tragedies that humans bring to one another and focus our good thoughts on bringing peace to the troubled parts of our small and complex world.

Also to remember the brave and selfless people and dogs whose only mission was to rescue as many as possible.

One of our neighbors put up a 9/11 display. At first when I drove by and saw it under construction I thought, "what the heck is that?"

How easy it is to forget.

It wasn't until I saw an article in the local paper that I remembered what day it is.

You can read about it here.

I was at work when it all started and blithely unaware of events. My husband left me a voicemail that just said, "go home! NOW!" It wasn't until I was in the car imagining some dog disaster that I heard the news. I watched events unfold and the second tower collapse on TV and my husband watched as well from the job site he was on. They just kept showing it over and over and a part of me kept hoping for a different outcome.

Where were you nine years ago?

Mango Momma


Unknown said...

Yep, it is always a day with many memories....the piktur you posted of the Towers and the beams always touches me

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

A day that will always be remembered no matter how hard we wish we could forget.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

BRUTUS said...

I was in class during dental school, and one of my classmates came in and interrupted the lecture. I went up to where a small crowd had gathered around a television just as the second plane hit. The rest of the day seemed like some kind of bad dream ,I just kept hoping to wake up!


Maxmom said...

We were watching...with you!
Oh, so far...Oh, so near!
Sending lotsaluv

Anonymous said...

Our momma was in a plane from Boston to Washington DC...those terrorists almost got her, but we're very lucky they didn't choose her plane, otherwise, we would never have been able to adopt her!

Thanks for the lovely post, and that most awesome picture of the rescue doggie.

Raymond and Busby said...

Nice post.
It was early here on the West Coast. I got up at 6am and turned on the local news and there it was. I called my Mother near Chicago right away. The concern was that the terrorists would strike the Sears Tower or other big skyscrapers across the country. I finally went into work about Noon and all my co-workers were weeping. I actually went to church that week for the first time in years. ~Ray & Busby's Mom~

Jake of Florida said...

Nine years ago, on that terrible morning, I was sitting down for a meeting in the tiny Florida Panhandle town of Port St. Joe. Hours away from home. Someone burst into the room and told us about the first tower. We couldn't grasp the horror. Still uncomprehending, a colleague of mine and I drove our rental car home -- an eight-hour drive -- listening to NPR and sobbing with each new report.

But nothing any of us experienced compares with the bravery of those firefighters and dogs who sacrificed so much to rescue people in the towers.

They've all found a forever place in our hearts.

Joan (and the Barkies)

3 doxies said...

What a beautiful post! That photo of the rescue dog has been stuck in my head from the day I first saw it. Soooo many heroes on that day.

ONe thing I will never BFF was a flight att. and was headed to Dulles Airport at the exact same time. However, she knew something was wrong when the plane landed in TN...the flight att were not told of what was going on.

Allison...Puddles mum

The Army of Four said...

We will never, ever forget!
Great post, Mom-o-Mango.
Tail wags,

Maggie Mae and Max said...

Wunderful post Mango. We will never forget...

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

Taffy said...

Great post today! I agree, humans can be terrible to each other. I don't understand it one bit. My momma was getting ready for work and grandma called and told her to turn on the tv. She turned it on just as the 2nd tower was hit and she spent many tears for weeks afterwards. We are very thankful for all those who have given and continue to give their lives to protect us, including all public service workers and rescue and search animals.

Sue said...

Mom was home with her doggies watching the tv and trying to call family and friends in New York to account for everyone. The phone lines didn't work and it was days before we got in touch with everyone. We'll never forget.

The Boston Lady said...

Standing in a little file room at my son's high school. It had a TV and I stood there by myself frozen in place with tears running down my cheeks as I tried to understand how what I was seeing could possibly be happening. To this day it still is incomprehensible.

Thanks for the pictures and it's always touching to see how many ways our canine friends help us out.

Anonymous said...

We do not forget, but we also don't want to remember. I know it does not make sense, but in my weird way of thinking it makes perfect sense. Thanks for posting about it

The Oceanside Animals said...

I was in a meeting in the only room in a building that had a television. Before long everyone was in the room and the meeting was on indefinite hold.

Oskar said...

I was at work, watching it unfold live. I still remember the silence as the horror of the reality sank in.

This morning we went to our local firestation for a pancake breakfast to raise money for our local injured an fallen police & fire fighters.

Oskar's mom person, Pam

Marjie said...

We won a lawsuit because of 9/11. The other side folded when their offices in the Towers were destroyed. Henry Kissinger offered a suggestion to a newscaster that night, which no one ever repeated again, and which, if taken, might have created a very different world. I've posted my 9/11 Remembrance today, and I, too, will never forget.

Thor Momma

D.K. Wall said...

I was in Atlanta at a meeting across the interstate from Dobbins AFB. The guy sitting beside me kept trying to reach his brother, who was supposed to be in the towers working on communication equipment. His brother was late to work due to car trouble and was safe.

I remember driving out of Atlanta that evening and the interstates were nearly empty - a very strange sight in that city. The overhead interstate signs simply said - National Emergency. Airports Closed.

violett said...

I will never forget this day. My husband wanted to celebrate his 50th birthday. We waited for our daughter and switched on by chance CNN. It was shortly after beginning of the Life a reporting. From this time we sat in bewilderment and shocks before the TV. It lasted long, until we understood which is this reality.

I tried to call my aunt in Californien, but the oversea connection was dead.
1 week later we flew to London. I was afraid, as never before in my life.
New York was quite close. The world became very narrow and small!
Lots of love

houndstooth said...

I remember watching the news that morning and seeing that a plane had crashed into the first tower, but they thought it was a freak accident. Then, on my way to work, hell broke loose. The skies were silent and blue. There were no jet streams or airplanes leaving the airport.

I am so glad that so many people came together after 9/11 and that it brought out the best in so many. It's sobering to think that it's been almost a decade since that day!

houndstooth said...

I remember watching the news that morning and seeing that a plane had crashed into the first tower, but they thought it was a freak accident. Then, on my way to work, hell broke loose. The skies were silent and blue. There were no jet streams or airplanes leaving the airport.

I am so glad that so many people came together after 9/11 and that it brought out the best in so many. It's sobering to think that it's been almost a decade since that day!

Molly the Airedale said...

Mom and dad and I had just come back from walkies! We were glued to the TV from that minute on! We can never forget!

Love ya lots

Mitch wasn't even born yet!

Clive said...

I was sitting in Brussels watching CNBC - lunchtime for us, and I will never forget watching the horror unfolding before my eyes and feeling so scared and horrified ...

My husband was away - in the air - flying between Belgium and Ireland and I just wanted him home.

A day that will never be forgotten.

- Murray's Mom

Two French Bulldogs said...

What a day to remember. Nice tribute.
Benny & Lily

ocmist said...

Grammy put up a 9/11 post on her Country Grammy's Walk blog. I think we will do a post to link to that one.

We are mourning the loss of our Auntie's dog, Mia who crossed the Rainbow Bridge this morning after a week of fighting pancreatitis. The CCC

Anonymous said...

We were in our old house, a cabin on Lexinton resevoir, awaken by a phone call from a friend with the news. it was a month and a few weeks before our wedding (10/27/01), and all we had thought about up til then was our wedding plans. Our friend on the phone told us our country was under attack and it seemed so surreal. We watched it on TV over and over. My husband I think eventually went to work but nothing got done that day obviously.

Our honeymoon was in Italy, just after our wedding. Europe was pretty much deserted from tourism. The Italians were thrilled to see us visiting because the attack affected their economy as well. We felt we needed to keep living and stay on with our plans and I'm glad we did.

thanks for reminding me to remember.

Martha said...

I was at work - driving in my car on the way to a visit.
The radio was on - I heard the news and had to pull over and stop.
Unbelievable..............I just sat and cried.
A truly awful day........

The Heartbeats said...

I was between college and the "real world" getting ready to get on my way to wait tables. My dad works a nuclear station, I got through in the beginning but then all connection was lost. He told me to go straight to work and straight home. My mom is a teacher and called home immediately to check on me and figure out what was going on. The towers fell as I was talking to her. I was crying and shaking because I knew what that meant. About 6 years prior, my mom and I stood in the lobby of the WTC and I remembered thinking that the light coming in the windows was kind of like a "halo" light.

Rockjdog said...

On that morning I woke up, dressed and went to the subway to get to work. For some reson the subway was not running. Some man said that the world trade center had been bombed.

I went back home and turned on the TV and saw the WTC on fire.

I lived just over the river from manhattan. The smoke and chemical smell from the fire lasted for weeks.
Free air conditioners were given out to filter the air.
Many people that were not near the trade center ( even living in other states)took advantage and took the air conditioners.

Many goulish people went downtown and took rubble as souvenirs. Finally the police put a stop to that.

Then there were the heroes, police from all over, firefighters from every state and other countries.EMT, search and rescue, they all came from all over. Construction workers too. Regular people from all walks of life donated food, money clothes and time.

My Vet Dr Karen Dashfield was at the WTC for many days with her cadaver dog to search for bodies.

Christine Todd "Christie" Whitman director of the EPA said: "Given the scope of the tragedy from last week, I am glad to reassure the people of New York and Washington, D.C. that their air is safe to breathe"

Many of the heroes that worked looking for survivors are now dieing of lung disease. They had to sue the government for medical aid.

Now a mosque is to be built near the site.

Yup, pretty bitter sweet memories.