September 11, 2008

A Day to Remember

Not a lot of words for this post... just a reminder to take a moment and remember what you were doing or where you were when you first found out about the attacks. Most of us that read these blogs weren't old enough to remember Pearl Harbor, so 9/11 is the only attack that has occurred on our soil in our lifetime.
This was the image I woke up to that morning. I had only been married 4 months and we had just moved into our house on base. I woke up a little early and turned the Today show on. This was happening LIVE. I kept looking at it like it was tapped or something and wondering why they weren't saying anything...that's because they were in as much shock as I was.... Darren has already left for work, I knew I wouldn't see him for a couple of days(normal field work). I was scared. He got to come home though...because of they attacks everything went on lockdown and he was needed for other things. That was comforting to me, not being alone. Here is a shot of workers going in to help clean up. We just found out Monday night, that our neighbor at the time has asbestos cancer in her lungs. She is a red cross volunteer and went to help clean up right after the events. She lived next door to my parents at the house I grew up in. She's been given about 5 years to live, it's in her lungs... Please pray for her and her family.
One fond memory was how hard it was to find a flag in the weeks after. It was a wonderful display of patriotism! I flew home about a month after. I wasn't scared, however it was the emptiest flight I've ever been on. I proudly got on that plane and wore my red,white,and blue ribbon that we all had been wearing around the base.

There have already been memorials today....


Even in Baghdad
So wherever you are put out a flag and show your support. It doesn't matter if it's a big one or a small one. In the days after 9/11 if you had a sticker that was enough!! We still have men and women sacrificing their time and even their lives to help make our country a safer place to live and we need to show that we haven't forgotten those who we've lost and those who've already served or are still serving!

Today is Patriot Day!


Anonymous said...

I remember so very well. I was in my office, with the little portable TV on, because I liked to watch Good Morning America and the news while I got my work day started. I happened to be on the phone with a co-worker, when they broke into the news of the first World Trade Center Tower being hit. I remember talking to the co-worker about it, and then witnessed, in horror, the second plane plowing into the second Tower. All of a sudden, work didn't matter anymore, and I found myself engulfed in the events that followed over the next several days. This surely is a day we will never forget. I have my flag out. Aunt Sue-Sue

Chad said...

Thank you so much for posting this. I'm wearing a red shirt, blue shorts, and white socks as I sit here in the hospital room looking at my little girl.

Amber said...

I thought about today being 9/11 when I woke up and was still in my "mood". I was pregnant with Sage and in the throws of morning sickness. I got up, was laying on the couch munching on Applejacks, I had a message on my phone from my brother telling me not to go to any government buildings. (We lived in OKC, they had their bombing...) I remember writing in Sage's baby journal about 9/11 that evening. It's kind of funny because I wrote in Kirkley's baby journal after Sarah Palin gave her speech.

Nancy Hood said...

enjoyed reading your thoughts~it was a day that will live on in our hearts and souls~

Ben and Tabby said...

It seems like it happened just yesterday...hard to believe it's been 7 years already. I was in college at Freed-Hardeman at the time, and Ben and I were dating. That day was the first time he said "I love you."