Remembering September 11

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
September 11, 2009
President Obama Lays a Wreath at Pentagon Memorial

In honor of those lost on September 11th President Obama spoke at the Pentagon Memorial. The First Lady and Dr. Biden marked this National Day of Service and Remembrance by encouraging all of us to lend a helping hand to military families.

President Obama said, "Secretary Gates, Admiral Mullen and members of the Armed Forces, fellow Americans, family and friends of those that we lost this day -- Michelle and I are deeply humbled to be with you.

Eight Septembers have come and gone. Nearly 3,000 days have passed -- almost one for each of those taken from us. But no turning of the seasons can diminish the pain and the loss of that day. No passage of time and no dark skies can ever dull the meaning of this moment.

So on this solemn day, at this sacred hour, once more we pause. Once more we pray -- as a nation and as a people; in city streets where our two towers were turned to ashes and dust; in a quiet field where a plane fell from the sky; and here, where a single stone of this building is still blackened by the fires.

We remember with reverence the lives we lost. We read their names. We press their photos to our hearts. And on this day that marks their death, we recall the beauty and meaning of their lives; men and women and children of every color and every creed, from across our nation and from more than 100 others. They were innocent. Harming no one, they went about their daily lives. Gone in a horrible instant, they now 'dwell in the House of the Lord forever.'

We honor all those who gave their lives so that others might live, and all the survivors who battled burns and wounds and helped each other rebuild their lives; men and women who gave life to that most simple of rules: I am my brother's keeper; I am my sister's keeper.

We pay tribute to the service of a new generation -- young Americans raised in a time of peace and plenty who saw their nation in its hour of need and said, 'I choose to serve'; 'I will do my part.' And once more we grieve. For you and your families, no words can ease the ache of your heart. No deeds can fill the empty places in your homes. But on this day and all that follow, you may find solace in the memory of those you loved, and know that you have the unending support of the American people.

Scripture teaches us a hard truth. The mountains may fall and the earth may give way; the flesh and the heart may fail. But after all our suffering, God and grace will 'restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.' So it is -- so it has been for these families. So it must be for our nation.

Let us renew our resolve against those who perpetrated this barbaric act and who plot against us still. In defense of our nation we will never waver; in pursuit of al Qaeda and its extremist allies, we will never falter.

Let us renew our commitment to all those who serve in our defense -- our courageous men and women in uniform and their families and all those who protect us here at home. Mindful that the work of protecting America is never finished, we will do everything in our power to keep America safe.

Let us renew the true spirit of that day. Not the human capacity for evil, but the human capacity for good. Not the desire to destroy, but the impulse to save, and to serve, and to build. On this first National Day of Service and Remembrance, we can summon once more that ordinary goodness of America -- to serve our communities, to strengthen our country, and to better our world.

Most of all, on a day when others sought to sap our confidence, let us renew our common purpose. Let us remember how we came together as one nation, as one people, as Americans, united not only in our grief, but in our resolve to stand with one another, to stand up for the country we all love.

This may be the greatest lesson of this day, the strongest rebuke to those who attacked us, the highest tribute to those taken from us -- that such sense of purpose need not be a fleeting moment. It can be a lasting virtue.

For through their own lives –- and through you, the loved ones that they left behind –- the men and women who lost their lives eight years ago today leave a legacy that still shines brightly in the darkness, and that calls on all of us to be strong and firm and united. That is our calling today and in all the Septembers still to come.

May God bless you and comfort you. And may God bless the United States of America."

Comments

Comments

Ron
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New York, USA
September 11, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

A Perfectly Clear Days.....

I recall the many lunch hours I spent peeking through the plywood at the WTC construction site...often browsing in the junk shops surrounding the site; where WWII bomb-sights and gyroscopes could be had for a few bucks. 1967, perfectly clear days in NYC; everything was going up for the USA.....Reflecting on 9/11/01, I'm struck by the contradiction between the crystal clear blue sky and the horror of the global storm brought home to us all. America is blessed with the vision to craft a new clarity...at home and around the world.

anne D.
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Netherlands
September 11, 2009

Anneke in the Netherlands writes:

we never forget all the people who were killed that day !!

Susan
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Florida, USA
September 11, 2009

Susan in Florida writes:

Who can forget that day? I watched it unfold on television here in Florida.... my city, the city of my father, the city of my grandparents, and the one my great-grandparents came to, the city I grew up by, the city and the people I love... it was too much to bear that day. Every year since, I put out three flags in remembrance, one for each place that suffered on that day. I will never forget, I will always remember.

Donald
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Virginia, USA
September 11, 2009

Donald in Virginia writes:

The people of New York should be proud of the men and women fire fighters who put their lives on the line to help save the victims in the World Trade Center. It should be noted that changes on building safety and fire hazzards along with evacuation routes need to be enforced during these kinds of emergencies. I noticed 8 years back how a woman went back inside the Trade Center after her purse. People need to re-think when an emergency happens, no purse is ever worth losing your own life. You can replace purses or wallets but you can't replace yourself. Keep in mind we all should be proud of everyone, Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters, Parametics (EMT'S) who answered the call of duty to help save lives!

Even elevators should not be used during a fire but there should be a safety code allowing elevators to include emergency hatches to get people out of the elevators in case of a fire in tall buildings. It's the same old song and dance, you spend millions on buildings, and spend peanuts on safety to protect the public. Then its left to the fire fighters to deal with getting people out safe. Ofcourse they also forgot to mention, I had submitted an idea for the new world trade center, one that would of included a method of getting people out safe. It was simple, just imagine a roller coaster ride, if all the people were trapped on the 82nd floor, with my idea the coaster ride would of been available on the platform either 10 stairs up or 10 stairs lower then the level there on. The goal should be to get as many people out of the building safe. A coaster ride would of accomplished this task, and allowed the fire fighters to get to the victims alot quickier.

What lessons did we really learn from September 11th, 2001? We learned Airport Security needed to do a better job at screening passengers and luggage. We learned that the FAA and Airports were not on the same page. We also learned there was a group of terrorist trying to destroy our buildings, our people using our planes, and having been taught in our country.

Let's also remember one other detail the news forgot to mention during this date in history. How the Palastine people were marching in the streets celebrating our losses. Laughing and burning our United States flag on the streets. Like I said before, you can forgive, but never forget what people do!

Godbless United States of America and all those who were apart of 9/11 and will always remember our losses and salute our Men and Women who answered the call!

Normita
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California, USA
September 12, 2009

Normita in California writes:

On 9/11, our nation suffered a great tragedy that touched many lives throughout our country and the world. People from different parts of the globe were innocently going about their daily routines when their lives were cut short by attacks that altered us forever. As a nation, let us join together in reflecting on the sadness that the families of the victims are experiencing, the parents who lost their children, the brothers and sisters who lost their siblings, and the children who lost their parents, yearning and seeking for that warm embrace. For all the shattered dreams that got buried among the rubble, we pray for peace and strength to all those who were left behind to carry on.

God bless them and God bless America.

Donald
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Virginia, USA
September 14, 2009

Donald in Virginia writes:

The Pentagon located in Virginia

Once again our Valor and Courage was on the line, our Fire Fighters and Law Enforcement along with the (Angels) EMT's Parametics came to the rescue and prevented the entire building from being destroyed, saved lives and helped the victims. Were all very proud of all our citizens in Virginia for the excellent work they always do during times of need. Congratulations to all those that were apart of this tragic situation. Our prayers are with the victims and we all stand UNITED. I honor and praise those who survived and remember those who perished with grace and sacrafice to our Nation. God Bless!

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