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Posted on 09/07/2006 10:18:55 PM PDT by TheConservativeCitizen
As the fifth anniversary of 9-11 approaches there will be a large variety of memorial services, Freedom walks and remembrance ceremonies throughout the nation as we once again come to grips with the loss of so many of our citizens in such a dramatic way. This year the blogosphere community has united to express its sorrow and participate in the nations mourning as only the blogosphere can.
Over three thousand bloggers have now joined the online project 2996: A Tribute to the Victims of 9-11 to give each victim of that day an individual tribute in their honor. Starting as just a vision of one person, this project exploded and has resulted in the largest online collaborative effort in blogging history. Each blogger has been assigned a random victim to write a tribute for and all will be published throughout the web on September 11th.
From the home page of 2996: A Tribute to the Victims of 9-11:
The 2,996 Project
The idea is simple, but powerful: have a special tribute for each victim of 9/11, with each tribute being created by a different blogger. We started 2,996 Project to coordinate the creation of the tributes, and that's what this site is all about. Here you can sign up to make a tribute yourself, on your blog (we'll randomly assign a victim to you). You can also browse or search through either the victims that have already been assigned or those that have not -- and you can get pointers to more information on all of them.
A message from the guy who started it all...
For each of us something different about 9/11 brought the tragedy into focus. For me it was the sympathy and grief that poured in from overseas.
I remember a story on CNN that showed a Volkswagen Plant in Germany, where each employee brought a candle and placed it in the factory's entryway. I was staggered at the scenes of foreigners openly weeping. The closing visual of thousands of candles burning on the marble floor left me speechless. The first tears I shed for 9/11 were as I watched the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace later that evening. That night the Queen had the Royal Guard play the Star Spangled Banner instead of England's Anthem -- a huge crowd of expatriates and British wept outside the gates. That tribute -- a national leader, even if for just a moment, diminishing their own national identity as a show of sympathy -- was one of the bravest and most touching political acts I have witnessed. And I remember wondering, if the situation were reversed, if we would have the courage to do the same .
The variety of people participating in the project 229: A Tribute to the Victims of 9-11 is amazing. A wide spectrum of people from this great nation, and throughout the world, are represented. Bloggers from a wide variety of countries have asked to be included in the memorialization of the lives of the fallen and will be participating with their tributes. Everyone from big name bloggers to eighth graders on Myspace.com have signed up for the project. I know of at least one class that will be doing a tribute as a class project. This is one idea that completely crosses political and ideological divides and has been embraced by people of all walks of life.
The list of bloggers participating in 2996: A Tribute to the Victims of 9-11 can be viewed at http://www.jamulian.com/db911/. Though all the victims have at least one blogger honoring them you can still sign up to provide a second tribute in their honor.
I was the 1911th blogger to join the project and will be writing about Michael D. DAuria, one of the many brave New York firefighters that responded to the twin towers call and subsequently lost his life as the towers collapsed. You may view my tribute to rookie firefighter Michael D. DAuria at www.theinfidelsage.blogspot.com on September 11, 2006.
This is a project that deserves your attention.
I encourage you to pause on September 11th and remember the nearly three thousand souls who were killed in the Pearl Harbor of the current War on Terror. Remember them for their lives, for their families, for the fact they died on American soil, and simply because they were fellow human beings who displayed thousands of individual acts of bravery and courage as they sought to help each other. Take the time to visit a few participating sites on September 11th and read about the extraordinary and amazing people who fell on that dark day.
Very nice. I'm not sure if you are the blogger that's doing the tribute to the firefighter or just reporting the project, but will you let us know how we can access the finished project if you have that information?
5 Minute Video
Warning: Graphic Content
I am the author of the column and I am also participating in the project and will be publishing my own tribute to the firefighter mentioned in the article on Sept 11th at my blog:
You can access the home page of the project as well as a list of all the victims and the various blogs paying tribute to them at:
Click 'blogroll' or 'assigned victims' to see the list of participating blogs.
I remember their murders everyday.. 9/11 is for remembering their lives and to pay tribute to them.
I didn't check to see if this was posted here yet but if it isn't, it needs to be.
Who can forget Ken Cosgrove?
This still haunts me:
Transcript of Kevin Cosgrove's call to 911
Published April 10 2006
A transcript of Kevin Michael Cosgrove's chilling call to 911.
WARNING: Contains explicit language.
9-11: What's the telephone number I can tell FD to push up? What's the telephone number you're calling from?
KC: I can barely see.
9-11: You can barely see?
KC: 4-4-1... .
9-11: 4-4-1... .
9-11: That's on the 105th floor of the Northwest corner, right?
9-11: At number Two World Trade Center?
KC: Right ... Lady, there's two of us in this office. We're not ready to die, but it's getting bad.
9-11: I understand, sir. We're trying to get all the apparatuses there. I am trying to let them know where you are. Stay on the line
KC: Oh, please hurry.
Fire Department: Let me talk to the caller please ... Let me talk to the caller. Where is he?
9-11: He's on the line.
FD: Let me talk to him ... Where is the fire, sir?
KC: Smoke really bad. 105 Two Tower.
FD: Alright. Sit tight. We'll get to you as soon as we can.
KC: They keep saying that, but the smoke's really bad now.
FD: That's all we can do now.
KC: What floor are you guys up to?
FD: We're getting there. We're getting there.
KC: Doesn't feel like it, man. I got young kids.
FD: I understand that, sir. We're on the way.
9-11: He's on the 105th floor in the Northwest corner.
KC: He hung up on me ... Hello, operator?
KC: Come on, man.
9-11: We have everything we need, sir.
KC: I know you do, but doesn't seem like it ... You got lots of people up here.
9-11: I understand.
KC: I know you got a lot in the building, but we are on the top. Smoke raises, too. We are on the floor. We're in the window. I can barely breathe now. I can't see.
9-11: Okay, just try to hang in there. I'm going to stay with you.
KC: You can say that, you're in an air-conditioned building. What the hell happened?
9-11: Okay. I'm still here ... still trying ... The Fire Department is trying to get to you.
KC: Doesn't feel like it.
9-11: Okay, try to calm down so you can conserve your oxygen, okay? Try to ...
KC: Tell God to blow the wind from the West. It's really bad. It's black. It's arid. Does anyone else wanna chime in here? We're young men. We're not ready to die.
9-11: I understand.
KC: How the hell are you going to get my ass down? I need oxygen.
9-11: They're coming. They're getting you. They have a lot of apparatuses on the scene.
KC: It doesn't feel like it, lady. You get them in from all over. You get 'em in from Jersey. I don't give a shit. Ohio.
9-11: Okay, sir. What's your last name?
KC: Name's Cosgrove. I must have told you about a dozen times already. C.O.S.G.R.O.V.E. My wife thinks I'm alright. I called and said I was leaving the building and that I was fine and then -- bang ... Cherry. Doug Cherry. Doug Cherry's next to me. 105. Whose office? John Ostaru's office?
9-11: That's where he said? That's the office?
KC: We're in John Ostaru's office. O.S.T.A.R.U.
KC: Right. That's the office we're in. There are three of us in here.
9-11: Ostaru. Hello?
KC: Hello. We're looking in ... We're overlooking the Financial Center. Three of us. Two broken windows. Oh God. Oh ... (the tower collapses)
My blog is signed up. Am going to try to set up the post this weekend. Have been very busy homeschooling...
I remember reading the same ... it galled me.
I'd bet THEY'D be totally out of control.
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