9-11: Ten Years After

The Tribute in Light in remembrance of the September 11 Attacks

Well here goes, just one of a million essays written on the pivotal event of our lifetime.  What’s come to be known as simply Nine-elevenHow can what I have to say make any difference… stand out among the crowd?  I guess I’ll just share my memories of that day and some of the things that followed.  Things I would share with friends.

The events of that September day ten years ago were one of those “where were you” moments in time.  Although I was at work that morning I saw most of those early events live on television.  I was nearly speechless.  It simply boggled the mind and tried the emotions, what we saw that day.  So much had occurred and so much seen that my senses were overwhelmed, beyond comprehension.  It was a day that saw the country close-in on itself.  We learned once again we were vulnerable. The days immediately after were exhausting.  They became a blur as I watched on television and listened to the radio following the ever-changing story.  As the story developed — even days later — it seemed nearly every hour brought new and dramatic revelations.

The impact of 9-11 on me personally was far greater than that felt after the assassination of President Kennedy.  I vividly remember the events of that weekend which had an enormous effect on me as a young impressionable boy.  But with 9-11, in human suffering, and in emotional terms, I don’t believe there is any other single one-day event, in the history of this country, that has it’s match.  Even Pearl Harbor pales in comparison.  I heard it said shortly after 9-11 you’d have to go back to the Civil War to find any event that comes even close in comparison. Continue reading

Chicago Not My Kinda Town!


Who can’t recall where they were and what they were doing six years ago today? It’s hard to believe that it’s been that long, and harder yet to believe that we’ve not experienced a similar attack since. Somebody must be doing something right! It’s one of those days we will always remember and one certainly never to be forgotten, especially in these days of political debate. Life can and does go on, BUT NEVER, NEVER forget! Our very culture and our way of life depend on it.

These are the times that try men’s souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph. ~~ Thomas Paine, The Crisis, December 1776. Continue reading