Skip to comments.Never Forget.
Posted on 02/23/2005 8:37:13 PM PST by Indy Pendance
Please take the time to watch this video, we must remember those on September 11, 2001. We can never forget, and we can not let those who wish us to forget to let us forget. Please, take 15 minutes from freeping, this is bookmarked on my home page, Thank you FReepers. Indy.
If you let it run past the video, there are many good quotes after.
ping, add your stuff.
the most remarkable fact for me for the whole year after 9/11, was that there was VERY little snowfall or even extremely frigid weather that year.....as though God was giving us a break to find and bury the dead.
update: I heard today that they are finally admitting that they can't identify 1,100 of the victims of the WTC, and that all the remains they have still will be buried in the new memorial?
thanks too Indy, but I don't ever have to watch another scene to have that burned into my memory until the day I die and I will never ever forget and most likely never ever forgive God help me.......
We won't forget, we're political animals. We can not let our friends and relatives forget. Pass this link on to everyone you know. Make sure they see it. It's powerful stuff.
The MSM wanted us to forget on Septemeber 12, 2001...and still does. To this day we have never been shown video of even the jumpers on any national broadcast whatsoever. There are enemies amongst us.
Tony Parsons A UK Reporter mirror.co.uk
ONE year ago, the world witnessed a unique kind of broadcasting - the mass murder of thousands, live on television. As a lesson in the pitiless cruelty of the human race, September 11 was up there with Pol Pot's mountain of skulls in Cambodia, or the skeletal bodies stacked like garbage in the Nazi concentration camps.
An unspeakable act so cruel, so calculated and so utterly merciless that surely the world could agree on one thing - nobody deserves this fate. Surely there could be consensus: the victims were truly innocent, the perpetrators truly evil. But to the world's eternal shame, 9/11 is increasingly seen as America's comeuppance.
Incredibly, anti-Americanism has increased over the last year. There has always been a simmering resentment to the USA in this country - too loud, too rich, too full of themselves and so much happier than Europeans - but it has become an epidemic. And it seems incredible to me. More than that, it turns my stomach. America is this country's greatest friend and our staunchest ally. We are bonded to the US by culture, language and blood.
A little over half a century ago, around half a million Americans died for our freedoms, as well as their own. Have we forgotten so soon? And exactly a year ago, thousands of ordinary men, women and children - not just Americans, but from dozens of countries - were butchered by a small group of religious fanatics. Are we so quick to betray them?
What touched the heart about those who died in the twin towers and on the planes was that we recognized them. Young fathers and mothers, somebody's son and somebody's daughter, husbands and wives. And children. Some unborn. And these people brought it on themselves? And their nation is to blame for their meticulously planned slaughter?
These days you don't have to be some dust-encrusted nut job in Kabul or Karachi or Finsbury Park to see America as the Great Satan. The anti-American alliance is made up of self-loathing liberals who blame the Americans for every ill in the Third World, and conservatives suffering from power-envy, bitter that the world's only superpower can do what it likes without having to ask permission.
The truth is that America has behaved with enormous restraint since September 11.
Remember, remember. Remember the gut-wrenching tapes of weeping men phoning their wives to say, "I love you," before they were burned alive.
Remember those people leaping to their deaths from the top of burning skyscrapers.
Remember the hundreds of firemen buried alive.
Remember the smiling face of that beautiful little girl who was on one of the planes with her mum.
Remember, remember - and realize that America has never retaliated for 9/11 in anything like the way it could have.
So a few al-Qaeda tourists got locked without a trial in Camp X-ray?
Pass the Kleenex.
So some Afghan wedding receptions were shot up after they merrily fired their semi-automatics in a sky full of American planes?
A shame, but maybe next time they should stick to confetti.
AMERICA could have turned a large chunk of the world into a parking lot.
That it didn't is a sign of strength.
American voices are already being raised against attacking Iraq - that's what a democracy is for.
How many in the Islamic world will have a minute's silence for the slaughtered innocents of 9/11? How many Islamic leaders will have the guts to say that the mass murder of 9/11 was an abomination? When the news of 9/11 broke on the West Bank, those freedom-loving Palestinians were dancing in the street. America watched all of that - and didn't push the button.
We should thank the stars that America is the most powerful nation in the world. I still find it incredible that 9/11 did not provoke all-out war. Not a "war on terrorism". A real war. The fundamentalist dudes are talking about "opening the gates of hell", if America attacks Iraq. Well, America could have opened the gates of hell like you wouldn't believe.
The US is the most militarily powerful nation that ever strode the face of the earth. The campaign in Afghanistan may have been less than perfect and the planned war on Iraq may be misconceived. But don't blame America for not bringing peace and light to these wretched countries.
How many democracies are there in the Middle East, or in the Muslim world? You can count them on the fingers of one hand - assuming you haven't had any chopped off for minor shoplifting.
I love America, yet America is hated. I guess that makes me Bush's poodle. But I would rather be a dog in New York City than a Prince in Riyadh. Above all, America is hated because it is what every country wants to be - rich, free, strong, open, optimistic. Not ground down by the past, or religion, or some caste system.
America is the best friend this country ever had and we should start remembering that. Or do you really think the USA is the root of all evil?
Tell it to the loved ones of the men and women who leaped to their death from the burning towers.
Tell it to the nursing mothers whose husbands died on one of the hijacked planes, or were ripped apart in a collapsing skyscraper.
And tell it to the hundreds of young widows whose husbands worked for the New York Fire Department.
To our shame, George Bush gets a worse press than Saddam Hussein. Once we were told that Saddam gassed the Kurds, tortured his own people and set up rape-camps in Kuwait. Now we are told he likes Quality Street. Save me the orange centre, oh mighty one!
Remember, remember, September 11. One of the greatest atrocities in human history was committed against America.
No, do more than remember.
It is sad that too many Americans have blocked 9-11 out of their minds. When American forgets 9-11, Al-Queda will more dangerous than ever.
Thank you to every last NYC firefighter, Law Enforcement Officer, and EMT: Thank you. I was 3 blocks away when 2nd plane hit on Sept 11. I was hit by debris and spent 17 days in hospital. I made it, thanks to you. I will never know who got me out of there. But I am alive, thanks to you.
Blessed Be, Dale Kelly, Survivor.
I can't find the pictures, I saw people after they landed. It's burned in my memory forever.
Pass this link on to every one you know. Ask them, hey, did you get a chance to see what I sent you? Ask them to look at it, watch it with them, help them with it. It's our job to let them never forget.
Don't forget the DVD (or VCR) you can get from the two brothers who actually filmed what happened that day. They were right there! "9/11" by Jules & Gedeon Naudet. Very powerful. I got it at Amazon. I've loaned it out about 20 times. I keep a 9/11 book on my coffee table. No one who comes into my house is NOT reminded.
Bear, an eleven-year old Golden Retriever born on November 1, 1989, was the first dog to arrive on the scene and get straight to work in the midst of the disaster at the World Trade Center during the morning hours of September 11, 2001. A veteran member of the canine search-and-rescue team, Bear and his owner/handler, Captain Scott Shields (Director of Marine Safety for the New York City Urban Parks Service), spent the early days following the tragedy sifting through the tons of debris at Ground Zero. Bear's instincts for knowing where to search were seldom, if ever, wrong.
With his mild manner and expressive brown eyes, Bear had worked on many search missions and had traveled the globe with his human companion and owner. Not only was he adept at finding missing persons, Bear was also proficient in tracking and retrieving wounded wildlife and trained to man the boat lines of Captain Shields' marine craft. Bear's first documented rescue came at the age of eighteen months when, as a puppy, he had leapt off the side of a boat in Westport, Connecticut near Cockenoe Island, to aid a young boy who was struggling in the water. Seizing the child by the wrist, Bear had pulled the boy to shore. Seldom fearful of any dangerous situation, Bear was able to comprehend commands in both Spanish and English, as well as responding to the more traditional hand commands.
Bear and Captain Shields arrived at the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan just 38 minutes after the second plane crashed into the Twin Towers. Once there, the pair worked straight through the night and into the following morning. According to firemen on the scene, Bear was the only search-and-rescue dog known to be working the entire west side of the site for approximately six or seven hours following the tragedy. Through the initial days of rescue efforts, Bear worked an exhausting eighteen hours per day searching for survivors and victims, often being hoisted into sunken pockets of rubble, glass and metal to look for bodies. Although records were kept of Bear's finds (indeed of all the finds made at the site), it is virtually impossible to make a total estimation of Bear's work in the area. As Captain Shields has stated, "How do you count the pieces?" Nevertheless, it is believed that Bear probably garnered the most hits of any rescue worker who searched the area...man or dog. Bear is also credited with making the only live finds by a canine, as well discovering the remains of the much-loved New York Fire Department Chief, Peter Canci.
In recognition of his contribution to the World Trade Center rescue effort, Bear was the recipient of many honors. The 2003 Guiness Book of World Records declared this courageous canine to be the "most celebrated dog in the world." Bear also led New York City's Columbus Day Parade down Fifth Avenue in the Fall of 2001 and, on November 17, 2001, Bear and Captain Shields were presented with "The Hero's Award" by the International Cat Society at the Westchester County Cat Show, something which Captain Shields stated, "brought the first smile to my face since the incident, just the irony of the cats giving a dog an award." Bear received many such honors. His valiant participation at the World Trade Center in September of 2001, however, did not leave him unscathed. The long hours and hard work took its toll. Bear's back was injured by a jagged piece of metal on the first night but, after being treated at a triage center on the site, he went straight back to work. Later, the area around this wound would become cancerous and his weight would drop from from 110 pounds to 64 pounds. In all, Bear spent over a year in and around the smouldering site which had once been the location of New York City's World Trade Center...bringing a smile to otherwise grim faces and buoying flagging spirits with a wag of his tail.
Sadly, Bear passed away on September 23, 2002, six weeks short of his thirteenth birthday. He had been suffering for some time with the effects of multiple forms of cancer...at first thought to be an arthritic condition, although Bear's autopsy later revealed that he did not have arthritis. During the last year of his life, Bear appeared at many fund-raising events in the Greater New York area and received countless accolades for his lifetime of courageous work. After his death, the gentle and gallant Golden Retriever was honored with with a funeral as a New York City Firefighter. His body was transported by an FDNY Aviation Company from the New York Animal Medical Center to the Hartsdale Pet Cemetery Crematorium and his ashes taken home by Captain Shields who keeps them in a plain gold box adorned with a plaque which records Bear's date of birth, date of death and is inscribed with the words: "Bear Shields, Hero of the World Trade Center."
On October 13, 2002, the State Senate passed a proclamation making that day "Captain Scott Shields and Bear Day" in New York. On October 27, 2002, the USS Intrepid hosted a memorial service for Bear beside the Sea-Air-Space Museum in Manhattan. Hundreds of people and a few dozen dogs attended the ceremony. An officer played Taps, an opera singer sang "Ava Maria" and a fly-by missing man formation was provided by Flight Across America. It was a fitting goodbye to a relentless and untiring hero, but perhaps the best tribute that can be paid to Bear is one which came from Firefighter Jean Paul Augier in a Comcast interview on the second afternoon at ground zero. He described how Bear was "phenomenal" and "amazing," working as hard as any human on the site and never hesitating to climb up over pieces of steel and crushed concrete. "How much do you credit Bear with?" Firefighter Augier was asked. He replied with one word..."Everything!"
To those of us who never had the opportunity or good fortune to scratch behind your ears or be blessed with a friendly lick upon the hand, you became a golden beacon of hope in those dark days following September 11, 2001. You were a symbol of untiring dedication and optimism...a "poster dog" representative of all the courageous canines. Indeed, the images of you walking through the rubble, carrying your beloved owner's helmet in your mouth, is said to have brought a smile to the weary rescue teams who, as the days went past, found there was less and less to smile about. You are sorely missed by those who loved you, Bear.
You always will be.
You were a good dog.
Thanks for posting. I will never forget the images of the people who jumped from the towers to avoid being burned to death.
I couldn't read your entire post. The screen got really blurred after a few lines. God Bless BEAR! (and you know He will)
In Loving Memory of
Badge # 17 WTC - LODD
September 11, 2001
"I will always love my partner.
He helped me search trucks entering
the WTC for Explosives.
I left him in his kennel
to help rescue people in Tower #1.
He may be a dog to most,
but he was a 'friend' to me."
~David W. Lim
Did you see the rookie FDNY film? It was awesome. Some wannebe film makers followed a rookie firefighter around for a couple months and he was involved in 9-11. I think the history channel might have played it. I could be wrong on that, anyway, it was absolutely a gotta see documentary. Outstanding.
I'll never forget the images I saw of those people on the concrete after they fell 80 stories. I'll never forget that. EVER.
Scooter the bomb dog and Officer Alan Janda make sure Chicago's O'Hare Airport is secure.
A rescue dog is transported out of the debris of the World Trade Center.
John Patrick and "Guese" take a minute to reflect inside St. Paul's Episcopal Chapel.
"Cowboy", a FEMA-certified Border Collie, is one of over 350 devoted dogs who lent their superhuman senses to the search and rescue operations. Although many dogs like Cowboy are not ready to call off the search, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and on-site veterinarians agree that SAR dogs are being exposed to hazards and respiratory conditions that are unwarranted, now that the "rescue" effort has been downgraded to "recovery".
Too bad that the MSM cowards forgot.
Thanks for this thread. It's been too long.
Did you see the rookie FDNY film? It was awesome. Some wannebe film makers followed a rookie firefighter around for a couple months and he was involved in 9-11. I think the history channel might have played it. I could be wrong on that, anyway, it was absolutely a gotta see documentary. Outstanding
That's the one I'm talking about. It's awesome, but I cry alot.
God, that was a horrible day. I wish it never happened.
Read post 30. My baby cousin was born tonight.
Excellent post. [snif]
Oh Lauralee....bless you. Bless your family. I pray that baby Matthew lives in a world of PEACE!
You can buy it. 9/11 is the title. Jules & Gedeon Naudet.
Thank you so much. Dogs are so much more than most humans realize. Unconditional everything!
Interesting thought. I would only amend it to say that I wish the people responsible had never happened.
Here's a wish for baby cousin Matthew:
A long, happy, peaceful, and prosperous life filled with joy and wonder and all good things!
"You were a good dog."
The saddest part of this that we DON'T show this regularly. Amercians need to be reminded, starkly, of 9/11.
It hurts like hell, but it is a reminder of the mettle of you New Yorkers.
God bless you all and keep you in His gentle embrace. And all of us as well.
Thank you. I have not cried so hard in a good while. Watching those photos - it was like 9/11 was yesterday.
So, that's the same film you were talking about. It's awesome! That should be required viewing for any history class. I'm seriously considering getting an ma in history and a teaching certifcate just to teach history to kids. I'm still tossing that idea around.
Congratulations, on your cousin. Sorry for your friend.
God Bless little Mathew!