Skip to comments.9/11/2001 Remembrance Thread & Free Republic Archives from 9/11/2001
Posted on 09/11/2006 12:34:37 AM PDT by HAL9000
Here are some links from the FR archives in observance of the fifth anniversary of 9/11/2001 -
Threads list of several breaking news items -
The first post reporting the attacks by OldEconomyBuyer -
World Trade Center
Posted on the first anniversary -
Associated Press newswire - September 11, 2001 - Chronology of news alerts, bulletins and flashes
Here is the only thing I posted on 9/11/2001 -
I've been a lurker or member of a lot of sites over the years, and every time I go back and revisit these old links, I get the shivers. I try to tell myself that I'm over it, but just re-reading what we were all saying just wrecks me. So much more powerful than the media doing repeats of their coverage.
WOW! re-reading the articles and posts sure made me relive the moment.
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Bump for the thread. Anyone have a link for the 911 site with the slide show of the attack? This is for a homeschooler project. Thanks.
Hal, shortly after I first landed on Free Republic, I came across SamAdams76's very chilling dream post he wrote on May 10, 2001:
Strange Dream: Post #16
Sam, have you had any similar dreams since September 11, 2001?
I was hoping to find this posted today.
I remember reading those threads.
I've had this link on my profile page for years.
The song is an earworm for me.
Thanks to both for the links.
So painful to look back and remember.
I do remember one foolish thing though. After the first message on FR that morning that said a second plane had hit the other tower, I sent a message in reply saying that was a bad joke and reprimanding whoever posted that. I just could not accept the truth. I hadn't seen a TV yet at that time. If I can find that post in the archives, I will apologize to the member who wrote that first message.
Remembrance Archive: Free Republic Threads From 9-11-01
I think wideawake nailed it, first.
"If this is terrorism . . ."
9 posted on 09/11/2001 8:55:55 AM EDT by wideawake
Going down to the site, will offer prayers for all freepers. I have been warned not to travel by a muslim, I told him he needs to warn his imams and mullahs... one more will be all it takes... then they will see 'a crusade', but thanks for the warning. After reminding him of what his 'god' set forth in the Quran (shocked him immensely), I assured him that God himself controls my destiny... not men, and I rest in the assurance that He himself will take care of this, whether I live or die.
And I also assured him as a Catholic, i'm much more dangerous dead than alive... because we can intercede, we don't think about 'the flesh and sex' after. We also believe (in the opposite of Islam), that the blood of the martyrs... is the seed of the faith; Like those who died that day innocently in the towers, those firemen and policemen who sacrified their lives, the soldiers who sacrifice everyday, the families that sacrifice to go on, children without their parents and parents without their children...
We can't afford to believe the terrorists; Chaos is of God... we know who the father of chaos is.
I was here in spirit - the spirit of lurkership.
Here are two
Here is an actual thread from that day by the FReeper stalwart A+Bert....no relation.
My thoughts and prayers are said for all. God Bless You.
I wish I had known about FR that horrible day. I spent the majority of the day in the dark depending on the MSM.
Back then I was not a member of FR. I was a NewsMaxer on that now defunct forum. While reading the original thread from that day that you provided, I noticed many FReeper names that I are totally unfamiliar to me. Of course there are old stalwarts that are still pounding the keys still, the number of unfamiliar names surprised me.
Thanks for those links
Sorry for typos
S/B.... that are totally
S/B.... the keys, still,
GREAT POST RIGHT AFTER THE PLANES HIT:
>>FOX FBI now checking on hijacking....<<
THIS IS NOT A LAW ENFORCEMENT PROBLEM!!!!!!!!
This is a military problem, and it requires a military solution.
153 posted on 09/11/2001 8:21:24 AM CDT by Jim Noble
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On that first thread by OldEconomyBuyer, the first hint of terrorism came rather quickly:
"Same here - seems like the plane blew through most of the upper floors of the North Tower.
If this is terrorism . . .
9 posted on 09/11/2001 7:55:55 AM CDT by wideawake"
If you look at the time stamp on some of the later posts, they correspond with the second plane making impact.
Tears and prayers.....may our resolve be forever strong.
Here is an interesting conjecture on the Pennsylvania crash thread:
If the plane wasn't shot down, then there were probably some true American heros that averted a further disaster.
11 posted on 09/11/2001 7:49:13 AM PDT by SuppressedNews.com
Ah, great call there, too.
Still true today. And the Dems would return this whole thing to treatment as a LE problem, given the chance.
I pray for President Bush.
Thanks for posting - a reminder is always good.
Just when I think my heart has hardened to the ugliness of 9-11, I watch video of that day and just break down all over again. I shared it with my kids this year and my son is full of questions. It's good to remember.
I notice that Google has locked links to many photos of people jumping from the WTC.
A painful sight to see, but to me the most startling reminder of what we as a people are up against.
Did you see post #151 on that same thread? eerie.
>>, it is well past time to make an example of one, Nuclear style<<
Kill 'em all. Let God sort 'em out.
We shouild be no more selective in our targets than the terrorists were. My sister is an elementary teacher in NYC. She takes precious little ones to the WTC from time to time.
She is safe today, but there are others who are not.
I would start with Saddam, Assad, and Osama, because they have tolerated and encouraged terrorist organizations. I would make sure they are dead by sunrise tomorrow.
29 posted on 09/11/2001 11:08:37 AM EDT by Jim Noble
Thanks for posting these archives! It is important that all remember from time to time these terrible events our own press seems unwilling to review honestly.
Could you all please post or fr-mail any links to good sites to download the best-resolution and least-labeled-over video clips of the events, from news as well as amateur sources? I want to be sure I have the video available for posterity, since ABCBSNBCNNCNBC never seem willing to air them.
She traveled to Iraq on Fathers Day, 2003.
From a note from an Air Force general.
Christy Ferer is a 9/11 widow who recently was a member of a group of celebrities (including Robert DeNiro and Kid Rock, among others) that took an Armed Forces Entertainment Office and USO-sponsored trip to Iraq to show support for the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines still over there.
Following is an e-note she sent her escorts about the experience; in her cover note, she said she intends to submit it to the NY Times for publication. It is really powerful, and very moving, and will make you proud that you have chosen to serve your country, and proud to be an American. Enjoy...and thanks as always for all you do for America's Air Force!
Brig Gen Ron Rand
When I told friends about my pilgrimage to Iraq to thank the US troop's reaction was under whelming at best. Some were blunt. "Why are YOU going there?" They could not understand why it was important for me, a 9/11, widow to express my support for the men and women stationed today in the Gulf.
But the reason seemed clear to me. 200,000 troops have been sent halfway around the world to stabilize the kind of culture that breeds terrorists like those who I believe began World War III on September 11, 2001.
Reaction was so politely negative that I began to doubt my role on the first USO / Tribeca Institute tour into newly occupied Iraq where, on average, a soldier a day is killed.
Besides, with Robert De Niro, Kid Rock, Rebecca and John Stamos, Wayne Newton, Gary Senise Lee Ann Wolmac who needed me?
Did they really want to hear about my husband, Neil Levin, who went to work as director of New York Port Authority on Sept.11th and never came home?
How would they relate to the two other widows traveling with me? Ginny Bauer, a New Jersey homemaker and the mother of three who lost her husband, David and former marine Jon Vigiano who lost his only sons, Jon, a firefighter and Joe, a policeman.
As we were choppered over deserts that looked like bleached bread crumbs I wondered if I'd feel like a street hawker, passing out Port Authority pins and baseball caps as I said "thank you" to the troops. Would a hug from me mean anything at all in the presence of the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders and a Victoria Secrets model?
We arrived at the first "meet and greet." It made me weep. Why? Armed withM16s and saddlebags of water in 120 degree heat the soldiers swarmed over the stars for photo and autographs.
When it was announced that a trio of 9/11 family members was also in the tent it was as if a psychic cork on emotional dam was popped.
Soldiers from every corner of New York, Long Island and Queens rushed toward us to express their condolences. Some wanted to touch us, as if they needed a physical connection to our sorrow and for some living proof for why they were there.
One mother of two from Montana told me she signed up because of 9/11. Dozens of others told us the same thing. One young soldier showed me his metal bracelet engraved with the name of a victim he never knew and that awful date none of us will ever forget.
In fact at every encounter with the troops there would be a surge of reservists -- firefighters and cops including many who had worked the rubble of Ground Zero, came to exchange a hometown hug. Their glassy eyes still do not allow anyone to penetrate too far inside to the place where their trauma is lodged, the trauma of a devastation far greater than anyone who hadn't been there could even imagine.
It's there in me, too. I had forced my way downtown on that awful morning, convinced that I could find Neil beneath the rubble.
What I was not prepared for was to have soldiers show us the World Trade Center memorabilia they'd carried with them into the streets of Baghdad. Others had clearly been holding in stories of personal 9/11 tragedies which had made them enlist.
USO handlers moved us from one corner to the next so everyone could meet us. One fire brigade plucked the 9/11 group from the crowd, transporting us to their fire house to call on those who had to stand guard during the Baghdad concert.
It was all about touching us and feeling the reason they were in this hell. Back at Saddam Hussein airport Kid Rock turned a "meet and greet" into an impromptu concert in a steamy airport hangar before 5000 troops.
Capt. Vargas from the Bronx tapped me on the back . He enlisted in the Army up after some of his wife's best friends were lost at the World Trade Center. When he glimpsed the piece of recovered metal from the Towers that I had been showing to a group of soldiers he grasped for it as if it were the Holy Grail.
Then he handed it to Kid Rock who passed the precious metal through the 5000 troops in the audience. They lunged at the opportunity to touch the steel that symbolized what so many of them felt was the purpose of their mission-which puts them at risk every day in the 116 degree heat and not knowing if a sniper was going to strike at anytime.
Looking into that sea of khaki gave me chills even in that blistering heat. To me, those troops were there to avenge the murder of my husband and 3 thousand others.
When I got to the microphone I told them we had not made this journey for condolences but to thank them and to tell them that the families of 9/11 think of them every day. They lifts our hearts. The crowd interrupted me with chants of " USA, USA, USA." Many wept.
What happened next left no doubt that the troops drew inspiration from our tragedies. When I was first asked to speak to thousands of troops in Quatar, after Iraq, I wondered if it would feel like a "grief for sale" spectacle.
But this time I was quaking because I was to present the recovered WTC recovered steel to General Tommy Franks. I quivered as I handed him the icy gray block of steel.
His great craggy eyes welled up with tears. The sea of khaki fell silent. Then the proud four-star general was unable to hold back the tears which streamed down his face on center stage before 4,000 troops. As this mighty man turned from the spotlight to regain his composure I comforted him with a hug.
Now, when do I return?
A beautiful tribute, Starwise. Thank you for helping us remember this day of infamy!
Here is a site worth visiting:
Thanks For The Thread~~~~~~~~GOD BLESS THE USA~~~~~~~~