Wednesday, September 14, 2011

My final thoughts on 10th Anniversary of 9/11.

I just want to end with some last few comments on 9/11 that just came to my mind these last few days.

Flight 93-  They had the courage to stand up to the terrorists from reaching their destination.  They knew from what they learned, that we down here on the American soil was depending on them up there in the sky.  As Todd put it "Lets Go!"  From what happened they saved millions of other lives here on the ground being killed.  They were heroes and died for what they did.  From that deal now we know that if a passenger is acting weird or in a threatening way they will get the notion that we will not let whatever they have planned happen.  We as the traveling public are more noticeable of what happens instead of just sitting back and relaxing back. 

     How things have changed over the 10 years:
  • More security at airports, by taking off shoes and having pat downs, not being able to walk to the gate to pick someone up or drop someone off, liquids to a 5 oz. bottle or less, for a time shortly after military presence with F-16 guns, having the federal government take over Airport Screening by hiring TSA Agents and making a new department (Homeland Security).
  • Being searched when entering Conference Center, City/Federal Courthouses, Attending any sporting events or any other big event to draw a big crowd.  Walking through a magnetometer and hoping it doesn't go off on you. 
  • A lot of patriotism shortly after the event and then went away a few months to a few years later. 
  • Had the Security Color Code from Blue being All Clear and then Red being Danger is imminent, but never quite got to Blue or Red only stayed in the middle Orange or Yellow.  Since it wasn't as effective as thought it would be they ended the Security Code and replaced it with something else instead.
  • For those who are Muslim or Muslim belief have been targeted as hate crimes.
  • We haven't had another 9/11 attack since then.
  • Osama Bin Laden been killed. 
  • Patriot Act is formed.Federal Government wanting to have more power and as the citizens of the US we have given up some of our rights and freedoms just to be safe. 
  • Terror attacks still happen around the world.   
In another 10 years it will be the year 2021, I'll be 46 years old then and I will remember what happened on that day.  Most of the young children will be in the middle adult lives and will want to know what happened on that day.  For those who were born after 9/11 won't really have a concept on why 9/11 is so important to us.  We will have to tell our children and their children of what happened on that day.  Its already in one of my school books.  This is an important event that happened to us, yes we need to move on, but we must never forget what happened on that day.  Make sure that the memories of those who died will live on in our lives!

     Will you still remember what happened on that day when it will be 20 year anniversary of 9/11/01? 


Sunday, September 11, 2011

10 Year Anniversary of 9/11.

Today marks the 10 year anniversary of what happened on 9/11.  I can't believe that its been 10 years from that horrible incident.  Yesterday, Jennie and I went to visit the Memorial Park over in Sandy, UT.  They have the statue of three firefighters holding up the American flag.  Across the street they have over 3000 American flags representing the victims from the WTCs, Pentagon, and the Philadelphia.  Its just amazing and shocking of seeing how many flags represent all those people. 

As I was reading some of the descriptions of some of the victims that had died I felt that I got to know them more as a person who lived just like I am.  That these were real people who had no choice and died.  To walk there felt like a cemetery. 

As a nation shortly after the 9/11 attack we became united as a whole and cared for each other as brothers and sisters and not separated of race, color, sex, age, political status, etc.  and patriotism was everywhere and you could feel it.  Now that its 10 years later, some have forgotten of what happened on 9/11, we have got back to drawing lines of race, color, sex, age, political status, etc., there is some patriotism just not as much as it was then.  There is not as much American flags on display from peoples houses and business.  Yes, we are no longer the same since 9/11, but our attitude has changed back before 9/11.  Sad to say, in the next 5-10 years more people will forget what happened on 9/11/01.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Taking time to remember 9/11 for the final time?

This year will count as 10 years of that horrific day.  I'm amazed that its been 10 years already since that event happened on that day.   I was just thinking that we've had such other big deals that have happened to this country in the past besides 9/11.  We've had the Oklahoma Building get partly destroyed, Pear Harbor attack that started before WWII. (I'm sure it was before that war).  Yet we focus on this tragic event since it happened way back in 2001.  I even thought they would cancel the Winter Olympics due to the terrorism in the world.  Though it went still went on, though with higher security.
I read the opinion page in the Salt Lake Tribune newspaper today and the author figured it was long enough to grief over this incident that happened 10 years ago.  That it was time to move on with our lives, that we won't forget but to accept what happened on that day and think of more positive ways to celebrate Patriot Day besides watching the reenactment of the events and the people that day were looking.  Do you agree with the author that we should accept what happened on that day as part of the grieving process and still remember, but not focus so much of the tragedy still as if it still happened that day?

This photo below is about a tragic day that happened on September 11, 2001. It was on top of an enormous building called the World Trade Center (WTC). The reason why it ended up on the ground is because, one of two commercial airplanes crashed into the building, the building then caught on fire, stood for a short time and then came falling straight down to the ground. Several days later the rescue team, which consisted of firefighters, found the American flag still in one piece and still on the flag pole.

This picture means a great deal to me because it shows that even though the World Trade Center in the background is gone, the three firefighters are glad to have found the flag, to be proud to be Americans, that we are still here, and to remember those who have died on that horrific day.

Have a great Patriot Day!!!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Labor Day greeting and using our senses.

Tomorrow we get to celebrate Labor Day here in America.  For that holiday I get to have a three day weekend, with no school or work.  YEAH!  So far my schooling has been good. 

We all know our senses, touch, taste, sight, etc.  There is an old saying that goes "See no evil, Speak no evil and Hear no evil"  we might as well add, "Touch no evil and Smell no evil."  Instead we should change it around to be more positive instead of negative.  "See that is good, Speak that is good, Hear that is good, Touch that is good and Smell that is good". 
  • See wholesome entertainment, good books, beauty of the Earth, good websites. 
  • Speak positive words, words of love, forgiving,
  • Hear uplifting music, hymns, holiday music, children laughing,
  • Touch good books, holding hands,
  • Smell home cooking, flowers,
This is all I could think of.  Its not a complete listing of course but enough to let you know what I'm trying to say. 

                               Have a great holiday weekend and lets uses our senses for good.