Tuesday, September 11, 2007

6 years ago today...

A group of suicidal fundamentalist extremist Muslims under the control of one Osama bin Laden hijacked 4 commercial airliners with desitinations within the United States. 2 of the 4 were flown in to the North and South towers of the World Trade Center, fatally crippeling them, causing their collapse and the subsequent murder of over 3,000 unarmed American civilians. Another plan was flown in to the pentagon in Washington D.C. making this attack a truly military style attack. The members of United Flight 93 (forgive me if the flight number is not correct) heard of these other plans and decided to do something most Americans wouldn't think they could do. In order to save the lives of many more innocent people, they risked their lives to retake the plane, unfortunately leading to the crash of their flight in an open field. These passengers, the volunteers in NY/Washington, the firefighters, military, police, everyone who risked their lives (and some gave their lives) to save those that could be saved durring this horrible tradgedy are the greatest American hero's that I can think of. Today we remeber these people and the sacrifices they made, and of the vicious attacks against our nation as well as the resolve of our people to punish those responsible.

I almost forgot about it being Sept 11th today, as most days go around here. It is hard to keep track of days and dates and this one, probably one of the most significant in my life, almost passed me by. It is not just significant to myself. I work with many people that enlisted out of NY and NYC who all have very personal connections to this event. Even myself, at the time all the way in Alamogordo, NM was connected, for one of my friends father was on the plane that struct the 2nd Tower. The military has its roots today in that event, for 95% of people in the Armed Forces today, I would be willing to say, attribute Sept 11th, 2001 as one of their reasons for enlisting in the military.

I wish I could say there was something special today. That unlike all the other days, today had purpose or meaning, or that it was honored in some way deserving of this day. Unfortunately I can not. I can say that I spent the first hours of this day watching out the opening in my guard tower, trying to keep myself awake as my shift slowly passed. Once I was done, I spent the rest of my waking time picking up trash. Not just my trash, in fact the trash of the Iraqi Police (who dont understand the concept of trash cans) so that things could look nice for some VIPs that came by. Afterwords I was exhausted and passed out, waking up just a little bit ago. Again I had forgetten the significance of today, until I got online and it slapped me in the face. I feel shameless for forgetting a day of importance to our great nation. Wish I had something better to say, or more profound to announce, but I dont. I simply have my thoughts and prays for everyone, family, friends, our nation and the other nations affected by this tradegy. God bless you all and may our heros never be forgotten!!

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membrain said...

You are one hell of a fine Soldier. Thanks for all you do for us.

Anonymous said...

"I simply have my thoughts and prays for everyone, family, friends, our nation and the other nations affected by this tradegy. God bless you all and may our heros never be forgotten!!"

exactly,that´s it.You´re right.
the last sentences applies to you,too.
take care, i mean REALLY care.

Haole Wahine said...

Profound is not remembering a date, it is remembering the reason.

You do that everyday, and your blog contributes to:


F O R G E T !

Wolf Lover Girl said...

Hey! I didn't know you were back online. I just tried again today, on this historical day, just to see!
I am sad to hear that nothing was done within your group though... maybe they forgot too?
Although you almost missed it, at least you remembered and made a small shout out.
~ Wolf Lover Girl

Anonymous said...

E.D. I felt bad on 9/11/07. That day was on mind and the anger I felt came flooding back. (it's never far from the surface). I got called in to work for the 11th to do my very minor part in the WOT. I was supposed to be in the ceremonies downtown but work prevented that, and I was so tired after work that by the time I hit the shower and thought I'd lay down and rest for a minute before heading to another memorial service that evening, I immediately fell asleep and missed it. I felt bad about that, but just as on 9/11/01 we didn't let the terrorists stop our lives. The important thing is that we never forget, that we never allow them to stop life going forward. There will be memorials every year, some we'll make it to, some we won't, but we will remember every day.

David M said...

Trackbacked by The Thunder Run - Web Reconnaissance for 09/12/2007
A short recon of what’s out there that might draw your attention, updated throughout the day...so check back often.

Anonymous said...

Thinking about you, too. Thank you for doing what you do. You are in our thoughts and prayers every day. God Bless and keep you all safe.

-checking in from North Carolina

Dianne said...

I agree that many signed up after 9-11-2001, my boy and another local young man being two of them. I/he/we all thought they were joining together for a great cause. My son just got back to Baghdad today from his mid tour leave just to find out that all his belongings had been rumaged thru, his X-Box destroyed and things missing. I talked to the other young man's parents today, and they said that their son had much of his equipment stolen while he was out on patrol (Ramadi area) and had to reimburse the Army almost $4000. What kind of people would do this to their fellow soldier, what kind of person does this when that soldier is out doing his duty, what kind of leadership lets this kind of thing go on in his unit? I'm so disappointed as is my son, so much so that his decision of making a career in the military has drastically changed and he can't wait to get out. What a crying shame, we taught him all his life to respect others, their property and especially to respect authority. I'm so saddened that they don't have each others' "backs" in the barracks as well as on the battlefield. Someone had to know this was happening or taking part in it, and I guess just figured it was none of their business.

Torii said...

You're already doing the most profound thing of all. You're fighting when others won't or can't or don't.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for what you are doing for us and the Iraqi people. You are the brave, strong defenders of the USA, carrying us forward from 9/11. May God bless you and your fellow troops and keep you safe.

Anonymous said...

Eddie, you take care of yourself, reading your blog is like a breath of fresh air to know that you are save, while saving others..Thank you for everything that you do. some of which others wont ever do!