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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day...911 Week, Day THREE 09-11-02
Written by JohnHuang2 with Graphics and Layout by Billie | JohnHuang2

Posted on 09/11/2002 5:21:09 AM PDT by Mama_Bear






              





September 11th --
A Day America Must Never Forget

By JohnHuang2


It was early September 11, 2001 -- just another beautiful, sparkling summer morning in America. From Florida's comely, sandy beaches, across the Carolina Smoky Mountains, to sensual Mt. Rainer in Washington State, it was just another typical, uneventful workaday. The roads and highways bustling with rush-hour traffic, factories humming right along, tireless shopkeepers, vendors and farmers were busy as ever.
The imperturbable, mundane serenity augured not a clue of the nightmare to come.
The clock strikes 8:46 a.m. EST. Suddenly, seemingly from nowhere, a colossal, titanic explosion rips the heart of New York's financial center. A Boeing 767 passenger jet had just plunged into the World Trade Center's north tower. Instantly, a hellish fireball erupts, engulfing the skyscraper's upper-third, the towering flames scorching the morning sky. The explosion's unbridled power and fury were felt miles from the infernal epicenter.
Then, minutes later, yet another jet from hell rumbles over the trembling city, flying low as it eerily swoops towards the embattled WTC. At 9:03 a.m., the gruesome horror is repeated; this time the south tower is struck.
The world knew then this was no accident, no unlucky mishaps. This was terrorism -- the evil misdeed of savages.
But, more than that, these were acts of war. America was under attack.
As if to remove any doubt, reports of yet another kamikaze strike crosses the wires -- barely an hour after the south tower was struck. This time, the nation's military nerve center was the target. At 9:43 a.m., American Airlines Flight 77 crashes into the Pentagon in Washington.
Then, reports of United Airlines Flight 93, and still another hijacking. At 10:03 a.m. a Boeing 757, bound originally for San Francisco, slams into a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, killing all 40 on board.
All told, the most barbaric acts of domestic terrorism snuffed out the lives of more than 3,000 men, women and children. These innocents became the war's first casualties.
The unspeakable horror and agony that day had broken the quietude and serenity we had long casually taken for granted.
America would never be the same again, her innocence ravished and raped that black September morning.
Suddenly, bursting before our eyes, what hitherto had seemed beyond unimaginable. The nation, whipsawed in terror and sorrow, stumbled and staggered.
Gone forever was our sense of sheltered invulnerability. The unfettered brutality and virulence (common-place in Bogota and Beirut, perhaps), could never befall on American soil -- or so we thought.
That indomitable aura of invincibility, like the World Trade Center itself, lay in ruins.
Amid the seared and parched remains, the smoldering corpses, the shrieks of agony and bellowing cries for help from under the sizzling rubble, as jolted rescuers, shrouded by plumes of blinding smoke, scurried heroically in search for survivors, the inevitable question "why?" ricochet across the lengths and breadths of our shaken land.
What kind of animals would deign to perpetrate such dastardly, despicable horror?
The answer would soon be forthcoming, as the trail of evidence pointed inexorably towards an all-too-familiar name, Osama bin Laden -- perennial enemy of the United States.
The shadowy, elusive Saudi national had long ago become a household name, having been the terror mastermind behind a deadly series of devastating attacks in the 90s, involving hundreds of casualties -- all under the unwatchful eye of the Clinton (mal) administration. The pathetic, halfhearted/half-baked 'military' 'retaliations' which followed would only embolden bin Laden and his al-Qaeda camarilla of war criminals.
While Clinton diehards deny it, September 11 has become an indelible blotch on the Clinton "legacy" -- a stain far more tarnishing than Lewinsky.
Today, exactly one year to the day after the harrowing carnage that awful morning, we commemorate the victims of 9/11 -- the more than 3,000 innocent men, women and children who perished that infamous day.
Three-thousand lives pulverized suddenly, senselessly.
Three-thousand hopes, 3,000 dreams, 3,000 candles of life extinguished, for no reason.
Among the victims, someone's father, someone's mother, someone's son or daughter, aunt or uncle or dear friend.
But all of them, fellow human beings.
A part of America died with them that terrible day.
September 11th was a cruel and vicious attack on all of us -- as Americans.
September 11th reminds us all of our shared humanity, and our common mortality.
The stupendous and miraculous out-pouring of love and support from people all across America during those darkest hours stands as living testament to the greatness of America itself. Our resilience as a people is what makes us uniquely American.
Our enemies may bomb us, hijack our planes, topple our buildings, but our shared sense of community, our effervescence and our love for each other can never say die.
This indomitable spirit moved the gallant heroes of hijacked Flight 93 to fight back, sparing the capital even greater carnage and destruction. Todd Beamer, who led the passenger revolt, epitomizes the courage and spirit and valor of America. This nation will never forget him.
The invincible spirit of the firefighters saved countless lives that day. The stories of heroism, of courage overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds would take more than a lifetime to recount. These brave men boldly defied death in the face that day, again and again.
Take the story of the men of Ladder Company 6. It's a story of how six New York firefighters were miraculously saved from the jaws of death -- all because of Josephine Harris, a woman they call their very own 'Guardian Angel'.






Stationed in downtown Manhattan, Ladder 6 heard the harrowing explosion when the first jet slammed the north tower. "A plane has gone into the World Trade Center!", boomed the intercom.
Ladder 6 rushed to the scene. Three minutes later, they saw "pieces of aircraft lying on the sidewalk and there were computer monitors smashing in the street", firefighter Billy Butler told the Guardian newspaper.
Butler, a seven-year veteran on the force, recalls how they "waited for the debris to stop falling and grabbed our stuff and made a beeline for the front door."
Captain John Jonas told Dateline NBC that, as they entered "One World Trade Center, the [north] tower, there were two badly burned people right there at the lobby door."
"We were in the lobby when the second plane hit", recounted Sal D' Agostino. "You could hear a rumble and an explosion. And from the windows in the World Financial Center across the street, the reflection of the explosion came off of that, came off of those windows", he said.
Climbing stairwell B, each carrying 110 lbs of gear on their backs, Ladder 6 reached the 27th floor when suddenly they heard a "rumble that nobody's ever heard before -- a 110-story building coming down", Captain Jonas told Dateline. The south tower had just crumbled to earth. They were ordered to evacuate -- immediately.
It was then when Ladder 6 came upon Josephine, a Grandmother who had already climbed down 46 floors from her office at the Port Authority.
Captain Jonas described his reaction to Dateline this way: "And Billy's my biggest, and strongest guy. I said, 'Billy, just put her arm around you, and just, we'll do the best we can'. And she was having a hard time. She was elderly, and she wasn't walking very well."
"We started down with her and it was a slow process because she was extremely fatigued, her legs were collapsing," Billy Butler tells the Guardian.
Butler: "We made it down to the fourth floor. We took two steps down the stairs and the whole building started to collapse. It threw us down to half landing. I have never been in a tornado or an earthquake but I think it was like a combination of both. You could see the stuff coming down past your face and the next minute it was going up past your face."
"My lower legs were covered with debris", Butler added, "and as I picked it off I heard something. It was this woman Josephine, she was laying at my feet. Then some of the other guys started getting up. The dust and the smoke did not clear for an hour and half."
Mr Butler: "We didn't give a Mayday initially because we thought we could walk out of there like gentlemen. Then we gave a Mayday and nobody answered, we couldn't get a signal. The chief finally ... got a message out. Captain Jonas told them that they were in the north tower's stairway B. The reply came back, 'where's the north tower?"
Richie Picciotto, the Batallion Chief, told Dateline that "there was no way out. We were encapsulated. So even though we were alive, there's 105 floors above us."
In fact, as Dateline reports, little did they know "those 105 floors were now in pieces all around them. The men of Ladder 6 had survived the collapse but were now marooned in one of the few fragments of the building still standing -- a darkened stairwell. And surrounding them, a craggy wasteland shrouded in smoke."
In his Mayday call, Captain Jonas kept "telling them, 'we're in World Trade Center One. You enter through the glass doors, you make a right, stairway B is the first stairway on the left. We're on -- between the second and the fourth floor. And my five year old daughter could follow those directions."
But Butler has a better idea. He borrows a cell phone from a Port Authority police officer hunkering with them and calls home.
Bill Butler: "My wife answered the phone. She said how are you doing. She was asking a lot of questions. I said, listen to me. And she started to whimper a little bit, and I said, ‘You can’t cry, do not cry right now.' She actually is writing this stuff down, so I just told her call the fire house and tell the guys where we’re at."
Then, suddenly, miraculously, "everything cleared just for a moment. And we could see we were at the top of this debris pile. And I'm thinking, this is going to be OK, you know? This, we're going to be OK here."
Richie Picciotto: "There’s light there. I thought it was an optical illusion. There’s light, we’re safe. There’s life. There’s light."
Dateline recounts how "Chief Picciotto followed the light to an opening they had not seen before, climbed out and secured a rope to show others the way. Still sounding his bullhorn siren, the chief was soon discovered by the men of Ladder Company 43. The firefighters could now climb out. But what about Josephine Harris?"
"I knew that we couldn’t get Josephine out by ourselves", Butler recalls. They stayed with Josephine till she was rescued.
Butler explains the remarkable irony to the Guardian this way: "This woman was soooo slow, but she was a guardian angel sent to us. It was because she slowed us up that we ended up in that void. If we had gotten out of that building we may have sought refuge in our fire truck which was flattened. I saw it the other day and it's just one twisted piece of metal."




Folks, the story of Ladder 6 is the story of America, a tribute to this great and wonderful country of ours.
'But that was a year ago', the cynic scoffs. 'Today, that spirit is dead'.
Nonsense.
America is roaring back, thanks to the leadership of our President, George W. Bush. And thanks to the courage and bravery of the troops he leads, our enemies are either dead, captured or on the run.
"We'll succeed," thundered the Commander-in-Chief at a White House ceremony in March marking six months since the September 11th attacks.
"There will be a day when the organized threat against America, our friends and allies is broken," the President continued. "I see a peaceful world beyond the war on terror, and with courage and unity, we are building that world together."
Over the site of the World Trade Center, two beams of light tower defiantly into New York's night sky, a touching memorial to the victims of 9/11. But more than just columns of light, those beams piercing boldly the darkness are unflinching towers of courage, towers of strength, towers of firmness and undaunted resolve. To our enemies, these poignant symbols send a message, loud and clear: You will never defeat us, we will never surrender, through fire and water we will triumph over you, whatever it takes.


To the victims and heroes of September 11th; to the firefighters, policemen, emergency/rescue workers -- to all who were taken from us that day -- these radiant beams illuminating the heavens are our way of saying, 'We will never ever forget you.'
America must never forget. ~ JohnHuang2







THIS WEEK'S THREADS

09-09-02   911 Week, Day ONE
09-10-02   911 Week, Day TWO



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1 posted on 09/11/2002 5:21:10 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Billie; daisyscarlett; dutchess; JustAmy; logos; Swede Girl; Neil E. Wright; ...
"America was targeted for attack because we're the
brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world.
And no one will keep that light from shining."
G.W.Bush, 9/11/01


Click on the graphic above
for Sarah McLachlan's beautiful song, "Angel",
with voice over by President Bush,
rescue workers, and witnesses to the attack on the WTC.



2 posted on 09/11/2002 5:24:26 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: Mama_Bear

Click here to go to our 9/11 Remembrance Art section.
History Will Remember
September 11th, 2001

Remembrance Archive: Free Republic Threads From 9-11-01
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/620413/posts

3 posted on 09/11/2002 5:25:32 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Mama_Bear
Morning Mama_Bear ..
4 posted on 09/11/2002 5:26:28 AM PDT by Mo1
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To: Mama_Bear; NewYorkCity; sunshine

Never Forget


5 posted on 09/11/2002 5:31:06 AM PDT by lodwick
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Good morning. Thank you for posting the Remembrance Archive link.
6 posted on 09/11/2002 5:41:26 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: Mo1
Good morning, Mo1.


7 posted on 09/11/2002 5:44:55 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: Mama_Bear
Good morning ladies. Let us say extra prayers today for all those who were murdered a year ago.
8 posted on 09/11/2002 5:46:26 AM PDT by Temple Owl
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To: lodwick
Good morning. Thank you for posting that photograph this morning.
10 posted on 09/11/2002 5:49:10 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: Mama_Bear
Thanks for getting up so early - salute.

The first tower has been hit.

Prayers up.
11 posted on 09/11/2002 5:51:03 AM PDT by lodwick
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To: Mama_Bear

12 posted on 09/11/2002 5:58:08 AM PDT by Aquamarine
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To: Temple Owl
Let us say extra prayers today for all those who were murdered a year ago.

Yes, today will be a tearful, prayerful day.

It is comforting to remember, as I heard Billy Graham say in his sermon last Sunday, ........ "the victims of September 11th are in a better place". I pray that the families of the victims will be comforted by this truth.

13 posted on 09/11/2002 5:59:29 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: lodwick
Thank you for this photograph, JL.

May His light forever shine on this nation as we look to Him for all things.
Amen.

14 posted on 09/11/2002 6:02:55 AM PDT by LadyX
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To: lodwick
Thanks for getting up so early - salute.

I wanted to be sure to get the thread posted before the time designated by President Bush as the "moment of silence".

Do you know the time that the second plane hit?

15 posted on 09/11/2002 6:04:26 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: Mama_Bear
God Bless Freepers, Their Friends and Families and America.
16 posted on 09/11/2002 6:07:18 AM PDT by xp38
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To: LadyX
May His light forever shine on this nation as we look to Him for all things.
Amen.

Amen.

Thank you for the prayers you bring.

17 posted on 09/11/2002 6:07:26 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: Mama_Bear; America
According to CBSNews website, the second murders ocurred at 9:03am. This is CBS - they had the first murders at 8:45, but I'll cut them some slack over one minute one way or the other.
18 posted on 09/11/2002 6:17:30 AM PDT by lodwick
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To: xp38
God Bless Freepers, Their Friends and Families and America.

Amen.


19 posted on 09/11/2002 6:18:29 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: Mama_Bear; All

20 posted on 09/11/2002 6:20:19 AM PDT by Aquamarine
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To: Mama_Bear

21 posted on 09/11/2002 6:21:38 AM PDT by ValerieUSA
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To: Mama_Bear
This got a lot of postive reviews yesterday, so here he is again. Ladies and gentlemen, we are pleased to present to you:

UNCLE SLAM

22 posted on 09/11/2002 6:26:22 AM PDT by Joe Brower
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To: lodwick
Thank you, I knew you would be able to answer my question. And, the time of the Pentagon attack? I've been searching and have not been able to find it.
23 posted on 09/11/2002 6:26:57 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: ValerieUSA
The photographs you bring are very much appreciated, especially this one today. Thank you.
24 posted on 09/11/2002 6:28:50 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: Mama_Bear
American Airlines Flight 77, a Boeing 757, departs Dulles International Airport at 8:10 a.m. ET en route to Los Angeles with 64 people on board. The plane is hijacked and air traffic control loses contact with the plane in southern Ohio. The commercial jetliner ends up crashing into the west side of the Pentagon at 9:43 a.m.


25 posted on 09/11/2002 6:31:52 AM PDT by lodwick
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To: Joe Brower
Thanks for bringing the SlamMan back today - very nice.

United Airlines Flight 93, a Boeing 757, departs Newark International Airport at 8:01 a.m. ET en route to San Fransisco with 44 people on board. The plane is hijacked and makes an immediate u-turn just south of Cleveland. As the plane heads toward an unknown target - possibly Camp David, Air Force One, the White House or another location in Washington, D.C. - it drops from the sky and crashes at 10:10 a.m. just north of the Somerset County airport, about 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.


26 posted on 09/11/2002 6:34:09 AM PDT by lodwick
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To: Aquamarine
Thank you for being here with us, Aqua. The images of the attack are hard to see, but I think we must keep them before us, at least in our minds, not just today, but everyday. We must not forget. We must not ever become complacent.
27 posted on 09/11/2002 6:35:23 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: Mama_Bear; ST.LOUIE1; Billie; daisyscarlett; ladyinred; Diver Dave; pbear8; TheOtherOne
Here are my previous two pictures, along with another I took on the same occasion, from a different view. I wish I had more of my pictures but this is all I could find. If I find the others I will scan them and post them.

Anyway, enjoy the views.


28 posted on 09/11/2002 6:38:23 AM PDT by Mixer
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To: America
American Airlines Flight 11, a Boeing 767, departs Boston's Logan International Airport at 7:59 a.m. ET en route to Los Angeles with 92 people on board. The plane is hijacked and turns sharply southward to New York. Streaking from north to south along the length of the island of Manhattan, the commercial jetliner slams into the north tower of the World Trade Center at 8:45 a.m.


29 posted on 09/11/2002 6:38:50 AM PDT by lodwick
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To: lodwick
Our amazing lodwick does it again. Thanks for finding and posting the information for us.

9:43. I will be observing a moment of silence in memory of those who parished in the attack on our Pentagon.

30 posted on 09/11/2002 6:40:44 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: Mixer; Patriot
United Airlines Flight 175, a Boeing 767, departs Boston's Logan International Airport at 8:14 a.m. ET en route to Los Angeles with 65 people on board. The plane is hijacked and almost immediately diverts south to New York. The commercial jetliner loops around the lower end of Manhattan and approaches the World Trade Center from the west, hitting the second building at 9:03 a.m.


31 posted on 09/11/2002 6:40:55 AM PDT by lodwick
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To: Mama_Bear
Pear Harbor, the Pentagon, the WTC and Flight 93...NEVER FORGET!


32 posted on 09/11/2002 6:42:05 AM PDT by GailA
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To: Mama_Bear
This is a rough day, Mama Bear. We are living through it again, BUT it only strengthens our resolve. As Bush said, this will not be a short war, but it is completely necessary. And Saddam must go, he isn't making bio-chemical warfare weapons and going for nuclear capability for nothing. And we're on his short list. We'll stop their madness, no matter what, because we have to.
33 posted on 09/11/2002 6:43:27 AM PDT by xJones
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To: Mama_Bear; Rifleman; American; Hero
Our amazing google does it again. ;-)
34 posted on 09/11/2002 6:43:36 AM PDT by lodwick
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To: GailA
Super gif - thank you. JL
35 posted on 09/11/2002 6:45:21 AM PDT by lodwick
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To: lodwick
Our amazing google does it again. ;-)

I knew you were going to give Google the credit. :-)

36 posted on 09/11/2002 6:47:05 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: GailA; lodwick; Mama_Bear; Aquamarine; COB1; Billie; ST.LOUIE1; Freedom'sWorthIt; Flyer; ...
Good Morning everybody!
A year ago today I was still just a lurker on FR, but when I got home after leaving my work earlier than expected, I was in such shock that I know I was wandering around in a daze and in disbelief.

I turned on the computer and went right to FR and was comforted by those who osted that day on various threads. I sensed anger and shock mixed with grief and determination that we might have been hit and wounded, but we can still fly, by the Grace of God.

Since today I can post, let me say in great big words:


MAY GOD BLESS ALL WHO POST AND LURK ON THIS THREAD AND ON FREEREPUBLIC!

GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!
LET'S ROLL Y'ALL!!
37 posted on 09/11/2002 6:47:12 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: Joe Brower
I was not able to be here much yesterday, so I didn't see that graphic of Uncle Sam. Thanks for posting it here.
38 posted on 09/11/2002 6:48:50 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: Mixer
If I find the others I will scan them and post them.

Please do. Thank you, Mixer for what you bring to this thread. You are appreciated. :-)

39 posted on 09/11/2002 6:51:22 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: Mama_Bear
That was beautiful .. Thank You



40 posted on 09/11/2002 6:52:11 AM PDT by Mo1
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To: GailA
Indeed, we must NEVER FORGET. The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.
41 posted on 09/11/2002 6:54:08 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: Mama_Bear
Thanks for the kind words. Today is a hard day for all of us and I am glad to bring my memories (through my personal pictures) to the thread. Thanks to all that have brightened my dyas through this thread. Thansk to you mama_bear for adding a touch of me to your homepage.
42 posted on 09/11/2002 6:55:55 AM PDT by Mixer
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To: Pippin; MeeknMing

43 posted on 09/11/2002 6:56:51 AM PDT by ValerieUSA
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To: Pippin
Thank you, Pippin. Your faith is inspiring and you are appreciated.

MAY GOD BLESS ALL WHO POST AND LURK ON THIS THREAD AND ON FREEREPUBLIC!

AMEN.

44 posted on 09/11/2002 6:59:45 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: ValerieUSA; Mo1; All
Thanks for the excellent pics.
45 posted on 09/11/2002 7:00:26 AM PDT by lodwick
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To: ValerieUSA

46 posted on 09/11/2002 7:01:27 AM PDT by Mo1
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To: lodwick

47 posted on 09/11/2002 7:04:22 AM PDT by Mo1
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To: xJones
We are living through it again, BUT it only strengthens our resolve.

That is my fervent hope and prayer. We are already beginning to see back-peddling in some quarters on our war against terrorism. That is so frightening to me. We cannot become complacent. If it means burning the images of the horror of that day into our minds and reliving it everyday, so be it.....we must stay outraged over this unprovoked attack on our country and our people.

48 posted on 09/11/2002 7:12:30 AM PDT by Mama_Bear
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To: Mo1; America

49 posted on 09/11/2002 7:13:33 AM PDT by lodwick
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To: Mama_Bear
Thanks fer the heads-up, Mama_Bear!! Do y'all still serve coffee over here?! If so, I'll take mine steaming hot and "Black X!!"

FReegards...MUD

50 posted on 09/11/2002 7:27:17 AM PDT by Mudboy Slim
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