Sunday, September 11, 2016

9/11 National Day of Remembrance

Today is the day that we all remember - 9/11 and the cowardly attacks on the everyday people who worked in the Twin Towers, our Military Personel at the Pentagon, the innocents on the planes that were hijacked for the attacks, the heroism of our first responders who did everything they could to rescue the people and many of whom gave their own lives in that attempt and for the members of Flight 93 who stormed their hijacked plane’s cockpit preventing the deaths of potentially hundreds or thousands of people at the immediate cost of their own instead of just waiting to die. 

 I will just mention two events that are happening today. One is in Zarephath, New Jersey where
 "Todd Beamer, who famously yelled, “Let’s roll” as the members of Flight 93 stormed their hijacked plane’s cockpit",
attended the Zarephath Christian Church. Radio station’s tribute to 9/11: Shoe memorial
Star 99.1-FM, a Christian radio station based in the town, began collecting shoes on July 4. It has amassed 2,996 pairs, to symbolize the 2,996 victims who died in the terrorist attacks.
Saturday those shoes will be on display at the Zarephath Christian Church, with a small American flag placed with every pair.
The empty shoes, symbolizing those who no longer walk among us, will be on display through Sept. 16.
When the memorial has finished on Sept. 18, the station will donate all the shoes to the charity Soles 4 Souls, which collects shoes for those in need across the world.

The other one I want to mention is in the town of Gander, Newfoundland in Canada. The Town of Gander and Wounded Warriors Canada to Host 9/11 15th Anniversary Commemoration  I post about this to remind us that we are not alone and without friends in the world. 

Thirty-nine planes landed at Gander International Airport that fateful day carrying over 6,600 passengers unaware of the ongoing terrorist attacks. As passengers remained stranded on the tarmac, the Town of Gander and surrounding communities worked tirelessly to provide accommodation and nourishment. The population of Gander effectively doubled as all community halls, churches and school gymnasiums were transformed into temporary lodging. It was an extraordinary response highlighting Canada's resolve in the face of terror. 

Let us remember what has happened and what can happen and do something each day for you loved ones, for your friends and neighbors, for your community and to make the world a better place.