Sunday, September 07, 2008

Never Forget

Partly Cloudy - Hi 113 Lo 89 for Baghdad, Iraq
Mostly Sunny - Hi 91 Lo 67 for Qandahar, Afghanistan
Cloudy - Hi 78 Lo 58 for Northern KY, USA

Song of the week: Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometimes,

This song was originally done by a group called the Korgis. I remember hating it-- they were part of the New Wave of music that came over from the UK in the late 70's and early 80's in retaliation of disco music. Quite frankly, I thought this group-- this song was crap. Every song they had sounded the same... Then a few years ago, Beck did a cover of this song and changed the tapestry of the song and it became something completely different. To hear the Korgis version go here.


We are fast approaching an anniversary -- not a day of celebration, but one of remembrance- a time of reflection, a time of prayer for those who lost loved ones on a perfect crystal clear morning in September-- 7 years ago... My gosh- 7 years. I have a niece and a nephew that never experienced a world without 9/11.

Unlike Keith Olbermann, I believe it is our responsibility to remember and see pictures and video-- the horrid images of what happened that terrible morning when we were attacked and murdered. It is important to remember George Santayana's words, "Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it." We must remain vigilant. We must remain a beacon for all the world.

Since I have been blogging, the post that generates the most traffic every single day for me is the Timeline for Islamic Terrorist Attacks. I find it strangely comforting to know that people worldwide are still looking for answers and information on this subject.

But more importantly, I take a great deal of comfort in the hits I receive from folks looking for news or remembrances of soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines we have lost to our war on terror.

I also take comfort in those searching for information on those we lost on September 11, 2001. To date, I have completed three tributes for victims from 9/11 and this year will be no exception. This year I continue my remembrance of those first citizen soldiers on United Flight 93. As I explore the lives of each of these souls, I am moved at how different the backgrounds of everyone were- they realized they were facing evil and took action. They fought back.

I can usually guess when it is someone's birthday or anniversary... the number of "hits" will always spike on that day. I then have an opportunity to say a little prayer and ask God to provide comfort. What I treasure more than anything is the mail I have received over the years from from family and friends of those we have lost. I am forever humbled by the strength and courage these people possess. They are the very fabric of this land. It is our responsibility to remember those we have lost--- That their sacrifice was not in vain.

** photos
- never forget- WTC site, NYC, May 2005 by Cathy,
- Justin Sims funeral procession
- Yachiyo Suge, mother of Toshiya Kuge being comforted by Karen Castel in Shanksville, PA

Update: 9/8/08 D.C.Roe is hosting 2996 again. If you have a time, write a tribute and remember a soul.

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