In Memory of

Posted by Mary Marvella | 1:45 PM | 21 comments »

I suspect some of us awoke this morning without considering the date.I seldom know what date it is.

On September 11, eight years ago, the United States of America experienced an attack that saddened us, angered us, and ate at our sense of security. That we might forget is human, as is the fact that December 7, no longer stands out as an historic date. That one brought our country into a world war.

Please take stock of the significance and get on with making your life count and your country proud.

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  1. Pamela Varnado // September 11, 2009 at 2:48 PM  

    I had a hard time responding to this post because a part of me feels guilty for not remembering all the lives that were lost on 9-11. But I won't dwell in my sorrow too long. Instead I'll take your advice and not just get on with my life but make a difference.

  2. Helen Hardt // September 11, 2009 at 3:54 PM  


  3. Scarlet Pumpernickel // September 11, 2009 at 4:18 PM  

    MM thanks for reminding us of 9/11. Indeed, I've been thinking of the significants of the date all week. My students were barely out of diapers when the attack occured, so it isn't real for them as it is for those of us who lived through that time. I tried to help them understand, but like 12/7, which was the attack on Pearl Harbor, 9/11 is just a vague event from the history books to their young minds.

  4. Autumn Jordon // September 11, 2009 at 5:33 PM  

    Mary, Remembering the day is a American duty, MO. Thank you for posting your thoughts.


  5. Mary Marvella // September 11, 2009 at 5:56 PM  

    Thanks, Pam. I couldn't think of anything deep to say, so I almost didn't say anything. Couldn't let it go by!

  6. Mary Marvella // September 11, 2009 at 5:57 PM  

    Welcome Helen! Glad Pam and I said something that spoke to you.

  7. Mary Marvella // September 11, 2009 at 5:59 PM  

    Scarlet, I seldom know that actual dates, though I usually know the day of the week.

    When I heard a mention on the news, I couldn't stay in my little fog.

    Distance lets us forget and sometimes we need to do that. However.....

  8. Mary Ricksen // September 11, 2009 at 6:36 PM  

    It's a sad day to remember indeed.

  9. Mary Marvella // September 11, 2009 at 6:39 PM  

    Hey, Mary R.

    While the memory is sad, we moved forward as a nation and I think we're stronger that before. We pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and try again.

  10. Beth Trissel // September 11, 2009 at 8:21 PM  

    This is a day I will never ever forget.

  11. Joanne // September 11, 2009 at 8:31 PM  

    Thank you, Mary, for posting about such an important date. I will never forget what I was doing that morning. (teaching piano---I even remember the piano student!)

  12. Mona Risk // September 11, 2009 at 9:01 PM  

    I can't forget the horrible anxiety. We were driving back from Florida to Cincinnati when our son called us on the cell phone while we were crossing Tennessee and told us the terrible news.

    Particularly terrible because my uncle had an office on the 80th floor and a young cousin worked on the eighteenth floor. God was watching upon them. My uncle got sick while driving to work and called he'd be late. He never made it to work. His middle-aged secretary died while running down. His young partner made it down from the 80th floor.

    My young cousin was stuck in the train and couldn't get to the World Trade Center but we didn't get any news from him until 5 pm and his mother was losing her mind with grief until the blessed call came.

    My brother-in-law worked at the Pentagon but was safe.

    My daughter was a resident at Washington Children's Hospital and was told to stay at the hospital for three days to take care of patients.

    I remember praying at loud voice and my husband joining me and calling from time to time to get news from the relatives in NY and Washington DC. God spared my family but so many people suffered.

  13. Autumn Jordon // September 11, 2009 at 10:25 PM  

    Hugs to your family, Mona. Each time I speak to someone whose family escaped the tragic moment, I sigh with relief and I thank God. And time I listen to those that lost friends or family I can't help but share their grief.

    There are thousands of stories written in that short span of time. With real heros and heroines. The towers, the pentagon, the flight of 93. Each one deserves to be remembered.

  14. Mary Marvella // September 11, 2009 at 10:59 PM  

    Beth and Joanne, I dare say most of us remember the very minute we heard. I was meeting a friend at my husband's photo studio for my daughter to make a few business photos. My ex yelled several explatives and we all ran to his office to see what was happening. We watched the hits and collapses over and over! It all seemed so unreal!

  15. Mary Marvella // September 11, 2009 at 11:01 PM  

    Mona, your memories are so poingnant and close! It could have been so much worse for you! Hugs even now!

  16. Mary Marvella // September 11, 2009 at 11:02 PM  

    Autumn, your words were good for each of us. I'm so proud of our countrymen!

  17. Judy // September 12, 2009 at 4:53 PM  

    Nice post, Mary! Thanks! I'm a day late in responding but here in Viera on the Space Coast of Florida we were duly reminded of the date. And today, at lunch, four people from New York City were talking about friends in common who had been nearby the buildings that day... I know exactly where I was and what I was doing when the news came over the internet...before it was put on TV! Still scares me!

  18. Mary Marvella // September 12, 2009 at 7:14 PM  

    Judy, so many people have up close and personal connections with the loss of life and our sense of security that day. Thanks for your comments.

  19. Anonymous // September 13, 2009 at 8:51 AM  

    That shocking day will live in my memory forever and I think that is true because I lived it and witnessed it.

    Pearl Harbor was but a history lesson to me albeit a scary one and sad one as well, so I think because it didn't touch some of us we tend to not acknowledge it as we do 911. And God knows that does not lessen its affect on this country in the least.
    As with most of us today, I remember every single thing about that day--where I was, what I was doing and the total shock at what I was seeing.

    God hold the victims in His embrace and keep the families as well. And may we never experience such loss unexpectedly ever again. It certainly opened a lot of eyes.


  20. Dayana // September 13, 2009 at 8:52 AM  

    hmm...somehow it seems I hit the anonymous thingie:)

  21. Deb Carr // September 13, 2009 at 12:07 PM  

    Thanks for the commemorative blog. I will NEVER forget September 11th or December 7th. I spent some time that day "visiting" the various websites that are memorials to the ones who lost their lives, in the attacks and later that day.