Remembering 9/11: September 11th, My Son and Duty

Remembering 9/11: September 11th, My Son and Duty

Sixteen years ago and yet the events of that day are as clear as if they happened yesterday. I’d slept in later than usual and had stumbled into the kitchen for a cup of coffee. The TV was on in the other room. It was tuned to The Today Show. Then, as I reached for a mug, I heard a gasp, followed by news that a second plane – A SECOND PLANE? – had hit the Twin Towers. Coffee forgotten, I rushed into the den to find out what happened. It was a nightmare, but one from which this country wouldn’t awaken. September 11th became, for my generation and for my son’s, our “day that will live in infamy”. That day changed the country and it set my son, then 11-years-old, on a path for the rest of his life.

I remember watching my mother, who hadn’t been as old as my son when Pearl Harbor was attacked, watching the video from New York, from the Pentagon, from Shanksville. Tears glistened in her eyes as she wondered if history was about to repeat itself and thrust our country into a new world war. I remember standing in a line that stretched around a strip mall as more than 150 people waited to donate blood. It was all we could do. We were more than a thousand miles from Ground Zero. I remember the two men, American Airlines executives, working their phones, trying to get information about those they knew who officed in the Twin Towers. I’ll never forget the looks on their faces as they learned of those who made it out and those no one had seen since the planes hit. I remember the fear that raced through the line when a lone plane flew over, hours after the no-fly order had been put into place. I remember how our community, so far from the action, pulled together to find ways to help those who needed it.

Remembering 9/11: Attacks Gave a Naval Academy Plebe New Resolve [VIDEO]

Remembering 9/11: Attacks Gave a Naval Academy Plebe New Resolve [VIDEO]

In May, 2001, my daughter and her boyfriend graduated from high school together. After that, Erika worked at an Express clothing store for the summer, and in…

Remembering 9/11: Happy Birthday, My Son

Remembering 9/11: Happy Birthday, My Son

“Mommy, how come we can’t go get pizza for my birthday? And where’s daddy?” I took the tiny form of my now-4 year-old son in my lap…

Remembering 9/11: Todd Beamer and the Heroes of Flight 93

Remembering 9/11: Todd Beamer and the Heroes of Flight 93

Forty-six minutes into a flight bound for San Francisco, the passengers and crew aboard United Flight 93 found themselves in a living nightmare. It was the morning…

Remembering 9/11:  Rick Rescorla, a Singing Hero

Remembering 9/11: Rick Rescorla, a Singing Hero

Every culture tells the stories of its heroes. There are multiple reasons for telling the stories of heroes. As long as we tell the story and say…

Remembering 9/11: A Letter To My Son On The 16th Anniversary of 9/11 [VIDEO]

Remembering 9/11: A Letter To My Son On The 16th Anniversary of 9/11 [VIDEO]

My son, For years I have sought to shield you from the harsh reality of what happened on a clear, sunny early autumn morning sixteen years ago…

Remembering 9/11: The George W. Bush Bullhorn Speech

Remembering 9/11: The George W. Bush Bullhorn Speech

In the days after 9/11, the nation was still grappling with what had happened. We were in shock. We were angry. We were mourning. We had watched…

Remembering 9/11: George W. Bush’s World Series Opening Pitch [VIDEO]

Remembering 9/11: George W. Bush’s World Series Opening Pitch [VIDEO]

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Remembering 9/11: The Music That Gave Us Hope, Strength, And Courage [VIDEO]

Remembering 9/11: The Music That Gave Us Hope, Strength, And Courage [VIDEO]

Music is the fabric of and has defined seminal events in our American History. None more so than the songs created during the wars this country has…

What Do We Tell The Kids About #Charlottesville? [VIDEO]

What Do We Tell The Kids About #Charlottesville? [VIDEO]

Parents, depending on the age and the maturity of your children, I really hope that you have begun to explain that the world is an unfair and…

Spring Has Come, Baseball Is Back! [VIDEO]

Spring Has Come, Baseball Is Back! [VIDEO]

I don’t know what spring is looking like in your neck of the woods right now, but my winter has been cold and wet. I’m just starting…

Chris Suprun: “Faithless” TX Electoral College Voter Never Was A 9/11 First Responder [VIDEO]

Chris Suprun: “Faithless” TX Electoral College Voter Never Was A 9/11 First Responder [VIDEO]

On December 5th, an electoral college voter from Texas wrote an op-ed in the New York Times that garnered quite a bit of attention. In that op-ed,…

Takin’ the High Road: WH Mouthpiece Josh Earnest Jokes That Trump’s a Coke User [VIDEO]

Takin’ the High Road: WH Mouthpiece Josh Earnest Jokes That Trump’s a Coke User [VIDEO]

Josh Earnest isn’t funny. Like Howard Dean not funny. In fact yesterday he attempted a stab at humor about Donald Trump’s unfounded drug use, an accusation first…

America Does Have an Islam Problem

America Does Have an Islam Problem

David French over at the wonderful National Review has written a column today that lays out the plain truth that someone of sober mind had to write….

If Hillary Clinton Wants To Be President, Her Health Does Matter [VIDEOS]

If Hillary Clinton Wants To Be President, Her Health Does Matter [VIDEOS]

Whether she likes it or not, Hillary Clinton’s health became a front and center issue after she abruptly left the 9/11 Memorial service on Sunday. Citizen journalist Zdenek…

A Victory Girls Collective: Letters About 9/11

A Victory Girls Collective: Letters About 9/11

Today is the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when Islamic terrorists hijacked four airplanes and murdered almost 3,000 Americans. The country swore that day that…

Face Palm: Texas Mattress Store Produces and Retracts Tasteless 9/11 Ad [VIDEOS]

Face Palm: Texas Mattress Store Produces and Retracts Tasteless 9/11 Ad [VIDEOS]

Local advertising usually is done on the cheap, and the final results are generally pretty tacky. But one Texas mattress company took tasteless advertising to a new…

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