Thursday, September 11, 2008
Close to Nowhere
Where were you “that day?”
I was right where I am now -- sitting at my computer on a Tuesday morning. The only worry I had was that Tuesday is a deadline day.
Pam, the editor’s wife, called and said another plane had hit the other tower.
I didn’t have a clue as to what she was talking about, but soon, I, along with most other Americans, watched in stunned disbelief as the Twin Towers burned and collapsed.
“Where were you when the world stopped turning that September day?”
Thursday will mark another anniversary of “9-11” -- or “Patriot Day,” as proclaimed by President Bush.
“Patriot Day” seems to me to be as solemn a memorial day as we have in the U.S.
Did you stand there in shock at the sight of that black smoke rising against that blue sky? Did you shout out in anger, in fear for your neighbor; or did you just sit down and cry?
I haven’t been to New York and seen Ground Zero. Truthfully, I don’t know if I could stand it. The Bloody Pond at Shiloh is almost more then I can handle.
Did you weep for the children who lost their dear loved ones and pray for the ones who don’t know? Did you rejoice for the people who walked from the rubble, and sob for the ones left below?
We will have the opportunity soon to see another very poignant memorial -- The Traveling Wall is coming to Holly Springs over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
The 80 percent replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall is being sponsored by Collins-Hurdle Post 5697. Many of the members are Vietnam veterans.
“American Veterans Traveling Tribute ( AVTT ) travels the USA each year participating in sponsored events with a mission to honor, respect, and remember those who served, and thus those who are serving.
“Our veterans represent freedom and it’s cost. They are our national heroes and warriors.
“The cost of freedom is not purchased in a lump sum. It is paid in installments by our veterans.
“AVTT has no political agenda. AVTT is dedicated to remembering all with honor.
“America cannot forget those who sacrificed all, and support all who have served and are serving... Our country must also remember the POWs and MIAs who never came home; AVTT is dedicated to their cause and memory.
“To all who came home; our tributes simply say “ Welcome Home “.
“It is our duty and mission that those who served shall never be forgotten.” (www.avtt.org)
That Tuesday in 2001 I did as Alan Jackson said in his song -- I went to church, cried and held hands with strangers.
No, not strangers -- Americans, all of us.
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