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Vanity - September 11 - in our memories, in our hearts
Smithsonian Institute ^ | The Center for History and New Media/American Social History Project

Posted on 08/20/2002 9:55:43 AM PDT by Alkhin

Help the Smithsonian commemorate the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks by sharing your September 11 experience. Submissions will be permanently archived in the September 11 Digital Archive and will be made available online on September 11, 2002, when the exhibition "September 11: Bearing Witness to History" opens at the National Museum of American History, Behring Center.

(Excerpt) Read more at 911digitalarchive.org ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 911; attack; groundzero; newyork; september11; terrorism; worldtradecenter
I have no idea if this has been posted before...but I ran across it while searching for sites on September 11 and thought it would be a good thing, since there was so much CRAP coming from the NEA about it. I keep thinking how on that moment I saw the second plane hit, how THAT moment changed EVERYTHING...not just for me, but for everyone. And how it was such a palpable feeling that I could feel it when I went outside my house and saw the rest of the community.

It is a moment in my life I will never forget.

1 posted on 08/20/2002 9:55:43 AM PDT by Alkhin
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2 posted on 08/20/2002 10:02:33 AM PDT by Alkhin
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3 posted on 08/20/2002 10:06:52 AM PDT by Alkhin
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4 posted on 08/20/2002 10:08:21 AM PDT by Alkhin
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Television coverage from the morning of September 11,2001 as it unfolded LIVE...

LIVE TV from Sept. 11th.....

5 posted on 08/20/2002 10:14:59 AM PDT by Dog
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To: Dog
Thank you, Dog. I am trying to spread the word about this...this in light of the fact that I am angry and determined not to let the NEA muddy the waters about September 11. I think it would be great if the 800 could swell to 8,000 and we could all spit in the NEA's face and say, 'if you want a history, this is where we will direct our children!'
6 posted on 08/20/2002 10:30:22 AM PDT by Alkhin
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7 posted on 08/20/2002 10:34:28 AM PDT by Alkhin
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8 posted on 08/20/2002 10:37:34 AM PDT by Alkhin
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To: Servant of the Nine; HairOfTheDog; Lucius Cornelius Sulla; 2Jedismom; JenB; Sam Cree; Overtaxed; ...
PASS IT AROUND....
9 posted on 08/20/2002 11:00:48 AM PDT by Alkhin
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To: Alkhin
Also, a tribute made by someone who knows the REAL event...it was NOT a tragedy...it was NOT a bad day...IT WAS AN ATTACK. It takes about 30 minutes to load...but it is honest...it is graphic...it is the truth.

America Attacked 9 11

Creator's Statement

10 posted on 08/20/2002 11:03:03 AM PDT by Alkhin
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To: Alkhin
That piece still brings me to tears. Good.

Thanks for sharing... And the file on that page is 7 megs.. took only a minute or two for me to load it. Well worth a wait though...
11 posted on 08/20/2002 11:43:48 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog
So all of this has been posted before??
12 posted on 08/20/2002 11:46:02 AM PDT by Alkhin
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To: Alkhin
I know I have seen the piece you posted at 10 before, either here or recommended by a friend. That is OK, it is a great piece we should watch over and over again.
13 posted on 08/20/2002 11:48:29 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: Alkhin
BTW...I couldn't finish listening to it...I was okay until they started playing the radio traffic...it hurt too much.

And it makes me want to find a terrorist somewhere and violate him in every concievable way with a huge hunk of raw rancid and maggotty pork.

14 posted on 08/20/2002 11:48:38 AM PDT by Alkhin
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To: Alkhin
The answering machine message from the woman in the tower kills me.

How do we prevent it? - How do we kill the desire to do these things? We can never catch them all if the desire is still out there breeding.

I have to say I am still favoring killing every last terrorist and sympathizer, but we do seem to create two new ones for every one we kill, and the country is already back to its old squabbling. I shake my head.

15 posted on 08/20/2002 11:54:27 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: Alkhin
I don't have anything earth-shaking to contribute, but my son was walking to work that morning (he worked a few blocks from the WTC). He called home -- Florida -- to find out what was going on, since he couldn't see anything from street level.

By pure chance the conversation was captured by the answering machine.

16 posted on 08/20/2002 12:04:22 PM PDT by js1138
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To: HairOfTheDog
I don't believe we can *prevent* it...at least, we cannot stop the rise of terrorists. Hell, *we* were considered terrorists at one time, on New World soil. I think what we can do is prepare...and respond with as much purpose as the terrorists. If they are going to pick a fight, they'd better be prepared to finish it. I rather like what Mark Steyn has to say about it...that the best reason for us to go to war with the Middle East (and it *will* be the MIDDLE EAST) is to bring those a**holes to the 21st century.

I am often torn between admiration/confidence in our present President and his ability to lead us, and the seeming quiet there is on anything affirmative or proactive in putting the screws to the terrorists. It is even more disheartening when it seems no on in the domestic agenda has the cajones to set things straight. I dont think all immigrants are bad...I just wish it were a really TOUGH thing to become an American citizen. The %&%#@^%$^&% damn socialists have cheapened it so. I don't worry that our civil rights will be taken away, but I find it alarming that so many people are willing to give up their first ten amendments in the cause of 'safety.' As far as I remember, the First Ten were in full force the morning of Sept. 11...and none of us felt safe.

17 posted on 08/20/2002 12:05:31 PM PDT by Alkhin
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To: js1138; Alkhin
Are you guys going to write something to submit? - I am thinking about it and I don't have anything near as personal as your story js... I am just another person watching it all on TV from the other side of the country. But I didn't go to Seattle as scheduled that day. I thought there might be more. I was afraid to be in the city. I was transfixed to the television. My Dad and I sat on the phone with each other watching and not saying anything, just didn't want to be alone.
18 posted on 08/20/2002 12:19:50 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog
I have already written mine...and it was not all that exciting either, but I figure this archive is a collection of what was going on for EVERYONE in the United States. It's like what they were saying "Everyone is a New Yorker" on September 11. Even if all I was doing was driving my daughter to school that morning...I can still remember what I was thinking...that that was the day I was NOT going to spend hours reading Lucianne and Free Republic...I was NOT going to waste my time scrolling through the internet. I was going to do some REAL time work...and how events that day completely shattered that plan. If I was addicted before that day, I was hopelessly gone by the afternoon.

and all my nightmares since then. So I don't think any of us who consider ourselves to love this country should think our story doesnt matter. I see it as all part of a HUGE mosaic that was falling into place that day.

19 posted on 08/20/2002 12:24:52 PM PDT by Alkhin
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To: HairOfTheDog
My son sent us an email that covered 8 printed pages, detailing his fears and the confusion of the day. He lived a couple of blocks from the Empire State Building, and everyone thought it was a target. He left on foot that afternoon, and that evening the area was evacuated due to a bomb threat.
20 posted on 08/20/2002 12:25:07 PM PDT by js1138
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To: Alkhin
I will in no way support the Smithsonian. They're nothing more that a bunch of historical and social revisionists.
21 posted on 08/20/2002 12:29:46 PM PDT by TomServo
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To: Dog
Thanks ,
22 posted on 08/20/2002 12:30:00 PM PDT by OXENinFLA
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To: HairOfTheDog; Alkhin
"How do we prevent it? - "

It actually may not be possible to prevent all of it. But if we can destroy the leadership, wherever it exists, in decisive, forceful, repetitive and unmistakable ways, I believe we will prevent and demoralize most of it.

As a side note, I believe adhering to our traditions of individual liberty and free markets is also pretty essential to our victory.

23 posted on 08/20/2002 12:30:56 PM PDT by Sam Cree
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To: HairOfTheDog
I will never forget that morning as long as I live.

I was on the phone with my older Vietnam vet brother as reports came in of the Pentagon being hit.....and the hurt in his voice was overwelming.

I will also remember that silence of no planes overhead.

Never forget my friends .......never forget!!!!!!

24 posted on 08/20/2002 12:36:30 PM PDT by Dog
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To: Dog
I was on the phone telling Dad to turn on the TV... There had been an accident. A plane had hit the WTC... Watched the second one come in live, and know it was no accident. Heard reports of the Pentagon hit. Terrified that there were many more all over the skies. Remember all the reports of planes they couldn't contact and didn't know about? Gives me chills.
25 posted on 08/20/2002 12:40:34 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: Alkhin
this is an outstanding idea for an archival thread, alkhin !

i was home, working on drawings for a piece of furniture,
with foxnews playing on the tv in the background...

when i saw the pics of the first tower, something immediately 'smelled' funny,
and when i stood here, right where my desk chair is now, and watched those
indescribably evil bastards turn the second plane into tower two, there arose in
me a cold, cold hatred that has not diminished one iota since.

i made a trip to the site three weeks later, and inhaled the
literal dust of the dead on the streets of lower manhattan.

if it's still in the FR archives, i'll append that narrative later on ...

thanks again for your excellent post.

NEVER FORGET !




26 posted on 08/20/2002 1:11:48 PM PDT by tomkat
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Thanks Tom! Did you add your story to the Smithsonian archive?? TomServo, I am with you, hon in not wanting to give any credence to the socialists that run the Smithsonian...but the way I see it is they've opened the doors for people like you and me to insert *our* account of history...and they would be stupid to exclude it once we have entered it in. Not much I can do about that...but if you go to the special collections section, you will find a tribute by someone who does not pull the punches. If the Smithsonian is willing to include that, I doubt they would do anything to exclude your point of view...and I think anyone reading those stories would quickly come to the realization that EVERYBODY knew...instantly, collectively, and with razor sharp clarity what September 11 was.
27 posted on 08/20/2002 1:19:54 PM PDT by Alkhin
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but the way I see it is they've opened the doors for people like you and me to insert *our* account of history..

Last I heard, "our" account(s) didn't matter anymore. Didn't ya hear? Pearl Harbor was our fault, being the Yankee Imperialists dogs that we are. And we were equally at fault for nuking Japan. Screw the Smithsonian. You may get your account in now, but the truth will eventually be erased and our grandchildren will blame us for what happened on Sept 11th. All courtesy of the Smithsonian.

28 posted on 08/20/2002 1:31:42 PM PDT by TomServo
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To: Alkhin
I heard it live on the radio as I was eating breakfast before work in a McDonald's parking lot. I rushed home and flipped on the TV and sat in shock for a while. When my 12 year old son got home from school, we went to the store to buy some ammo.

It was about 3:30/4:00 PM on our way to the store, and after all day of no planes in the air, we looked up to the sky and saw a lone big body jet heading East. I said to my son, "there goes the President of the greatest country in the history of the world. God bless him!".
29 posted on 08/20/2002 1:47:03 PM PDT by tractorman
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To: Alkhin
no, i've not seen the Smithsonian site yet;
do you intend to place this thread there ?

while hoping this isn't too off-topic, here are a couple
of my FR posts after the manhattan trip on 30Sept.

i can still taste the air from that day,
and the cold hatred has only grown ...



To: newwahoo; Hillary's Lovely Legs

what wahoo says is the absolute truth.

the dust of the dead is still in the air.

i inhaled the remains of some of them in a five hour
walk through lower Manhattan on september 30.

as no amount of National Geographic browsing can prepare one
for the magnificence of the Rocky Mountains,
so can no tv camera convey the atrocity that we have suffered.

33 posted on 10/28/01 2:39 PM Eastern by tomkat


To: newwahoo

prior to seeing it first-person, it all had the feel of a movie.
a documentary, but a movie nonetheless.

the wind was coming in off the river that day, at times quite gustily,
and occasionally, while walking to the north of the towers' site,
that unmistakable odor was in the air...

i've tried to explain to others the sense i had of the
people around me down there on that day, and the closest
i've been able to come is being at a viewing with
thousands of fellow mourners.

it was quite somber, without being at all maudlin.
there were few tears.
part of that dust of those dead will travel with me
until it's my turn to join them ...

66 posted on 10/28/01 3:22 PM Eastern by tomkat


To: Starrgaizr, all

Here are three photo albums I posted last September.

The first two are the work of others;
the third is of my own pilgrimage to lower Manhattan on a grey and rainy Sept. 30th.

May we never forget ...

Ground Zero - New York City - Anonymous Album 1 - 30 September 2001

Ground Zero - New York City - Anonymous Album 2 - 30 September 2001

Paying Respects at Ground Zero - New York City - 30 September 2001

138 posted on 4/3/02 4:05 AM Pacific by tomkat



30 posted on 08/20/2002 2:12:32 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: Alkhin
remember being on this thread that day ?
it seems like yesterday, or half a lifetime ago ...



To: all

I'm speechless, and shock was given a second helping when I heard about Barbara Olsen.
I met her when she came through Houston on a tour to promote her first book "Hell to Pay" ...

31 posted on 08/20/2002 2:26:28 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: Alkhin
Thank you SO much for posting that 'movie'-I had lost in when I switched internet servers, and am glad to see it again.

:)
32 posted on 08/20/2002 2:43:24 PM PDT by Sweet_Sunflower29
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To: Sweet_Sunflower29
WOW...thanks for everyone responding...

If you click on the lick that is at the top of the page, you will be re-directed to the Smithsonian thread...I didn't *look* to start an archive thread here because I figured there were other Freepers smarter and faster than me in getting it going...and much sooner...

If we just keep our voices to this thread ONLY...to this SITE only...only the choir we are all so familiar with will ever hear it. I have a love of museums and history and archaeology. The Smithsonian site appeals to all of that. And I don't think the America Attacked video would have been added if the folks at the Smithsonian were THAT interested in Political Correctness. The man who put it together was quite to the point about what he thought of those who tried to 'reform' his point of view.

God bless you all!

33 posted on 08/20/2002 3:54:04 PM PDT by Alkhin
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To: tomkat
Tomkat,

I have no idea if this particular thread can be inserted into the archive. The format the Smithsonian has set up is for each individual to insert their particular story of what they were doing on that day. Some are VERY long...some are VERY brief...all are filled with sorrow.

I had only thought that such a large contingent that comes to the Free Republic could also find representation their, individual by individual. So those who were miles away don't feel so cut off from what happened. It is easy to compartmentalize it and think "oh it happened to THEM...not to us..."

But that is not what I have been feeling.

And I don't want to forget how it felt to be a New Yorker that day.

34 posted on 08/20/2002 3:58:04 PM PDT by Alkhin
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To: Alkhin
I was going to post my memories of 9/11 here... but I'm not sure I can gather them all into one post. I'm going to have to think about a while. In the meantime, here's a bump.
35 posted on 08/20/2002 7:03:43 PM PDT by Bear_in_RoseBear
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