Do not forget

During my last visit to New York City I spent several hours at the 9/11 Museum and Memorial.

Here are a few images.



In the 9/11 Museum



Found in the wreckage.


I have not forgotten.









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  1. Baritone says:

    I remember this day very well. I was a college freshman just leaving one of my classes when I heard a plane had run into a building in NYC. The initial reaction we students had to the rumor was basically, “Who could be so dumb as to fly a private plane into a building?”. Before long, the facts came out along with video footage, and frankly, every student was stunned and speechless. The clear blue sky was eerily devoid of traffic. I actually have a picture of where I was that day because I and number of other students ended up on the front page of the school newspaper. We were watching the news broadcast in stunned silence.

    Sept. 11, 2001 was one of the few days I can recall where the majority of people I encountered acted like Americans again, if only briefly. I don’t mean this sarcastically in the least; for I witnessed even indoctrinated college students forming lines to donate blood to victims. The response from even the average self-centered American was selfless, charitable concern for our neighbor.

    I cannot help but contrast that response with that of the politicians who have used 9/11 to strip our liberties, institute the PATRIOT act, the TSA, NSA spying, and wars displacing Christians in the Middle East while (ironically) not securing our borders.

  2. acardnal says:

    It’s a good day to make use of the “combat rosary.”

  3. Cascade_Catholic says:

    Such powerful images.

  4. Amerikaner says:

    It seemed like there was a return to faith and prayer shortly after 9/11. But then it disappeared. Now Christians are attacked.

  5. Theodore says:

    Those who are clear thinkers have know from the very beginning of the WoT that our main problem would not be our real, armed enemies, who are all pikers, has beens, never-will-bes, and people who can manage to cross thread a bowling ball. They are pathetic losers; in comparison to the forces of Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan, Soviet Russia, and even North Korea and North Vietnam they are a clown act, a bunch of losers doing a constant 3 Stooges Meet the Marx Brothers routine, but lacking the associated intellectual rigor.

    No, our real problem is the Reasonable Men we have among us, our supposed Loyal Opposition or even just thoughtful commentators.

    “Be reasonable,” they say, “You can’t invade a sovereign nation just because you see it as a danger to your interests. You can’t maintain military forces in a country if the leadership there does not want it. You can’t occupy Iraq and guide it as we did with Germany and Japan. You can’t go about the world gathering up people and imprisoning them. You can’t take this country to war again. ”

    When the weather forecast shows real global warming – moderate to scattered mushroom clouds with a high temperature of 4500 degrees – it will be the Reasonable Men that brought that onto us – not the Pattons and Lemays.

  6. Lirioroja says:

    I was there. I can never forget.

    I posted on Facebook that this year’s anniversary is hitting me particularly hard, in a way it never has before. I then discovered I’m not alone in that sentiment. In your charity, if you could pray for all those who are still struggling with the events of that day. There are some wounds that time can not heal. May God, who is the source of all peace, bless you all.

  7. Gerard Plourde says:

    I cannot forget that day. Having been told by neighbor about the crash of Flight 11 into the North Tower, I turned on the tv in time to see Flight 175 impact the South Tower. A few days later my shock intensified when I discovered that an acqaintence was a member of its flight crew. The fact that I may have witnessed his death is a burden and a wound that opens all too easily on this day.

  8. Gerard Plourde says:

    Dear Liriroja,

    I just saw your post above mine. You are in my prayers.

  9. Chris Garton-Zavesky says:

    Let us pray for the butchers and for the victims.

    Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
    and let light perpetual shine upon them.

    May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

  10. YoungLatinMassGuy says:

    May the souls of those who died in that jihad attack rest in peace, and may the light of God shine on them.

    I was a sophomore in high school on that day.

    I vowed that I would learn as much about islam as I possibly could on that day.

    Now, 14 years later, I know Arabic, and have studied more islamic material than pre-9/11 me would have ever dreamed of.

    The 9/11 hijackers, agents of al-qaeda, and now today with isis, represent 100% islam.

    This century is going to be a bloody one.

  11. Griff says:

    FYI the 2nd to last photograph – of the man being carried out of the wreckage by firemen – is of Fr. Michael Judge a FDNY Chaplain – he was the first certified fatality at the World Trade Center site that day.

  12. Chris Garton-Zavesky says:


    I was teaching that day.

    I told my students (some of whom were outraged to the point of calling for us to hit back hard, bombing someone back to the stone age) that before we could “strike back”, we needed to let those who could discover the perpetrators do their work.

    I remember President Bush saying that the bombers were trying to destroy our way of life, and that the patriotic thing to do was to “go out and buy something”. Do you remember that? Furthermore (with the indulgence of our host) could you expatiate on the question of whether we’re fighting the same war? (If they’re fighting the great Satan, and America is defending economic well being, are we fighting parallel wars?)

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