2012 Remembrance of 9/11

I will never forget the horrific events of September 11, 2001. I was a head teacher in a child care classroom. A teacher from the other end of the hall ran in the classroom and told us about planes flying into the World Trade center. While continuing classroom activities, I turned the radio on to an all news station.

The parents started coming to pick up their children. My classroom staff started leaving while I remained till the last child in the room left. The parent of the last child told me she started to go home and take a nap a then come for her child. I told her we would have called you, because your child would have been the only child here.

I did not see any televised images of the 9/11 horror until after the jet crashes and the twin towers collapsed. I stopped in the ice cream/sandwich shop next to the child care center when going home. There I saw a replay of the 2nd plane flying into the Twin Tower. After finally getting home. I turned on the TV and saw close-ups of a person waving a large white piece of cloth and other people hanging out of windows at the top of one of the twin towers. I almost fell to the floor when I realized those people were dead.

I think of the heroes who lost their lives to save people. To mention a few from so many, there were building managers Frank Di Martini and Pablo Ortiz who saved  many people trapped in offices in the upper floors after the crash. Fire Marshall Ron Bucca (a long distance runner) who mad made it to the 78th floor on foot while helping trapped people get to the stairway when he was killed in the tower collapse. Port Authority police officer, Walwyn Stuart lost his life helping people escape at the bottom of the towers. Go here to read about the heroes of the Pentagon on 9/11. I also remember and honor those on the doomed Flight 93 who kept it from being another missile headed for either the White House or the Capitol Building.

My heart continues to go out to those who lost love ones. Just think about the families who lost more than one love one on that day! Think of the terrible tragedy suffered  by people such as John and Jan Vigiano who lost 2 sons, a firefighter and a police officer. Patricia Smith was a toddler when she lost her mother, a police officer Moira Smith whose last photograph was of her helping an injured person from the towers. She died some 25 minutes later. Kevin Villa 8 years old in 2001, also lost his mother, EMT Jamel Merino.  Go here for an old post on the children lost on 9/11. Life goes on, but we should never forget the horrific tragedy of 9/11. I leave you with a view of the new  beautiful 1 World Trade Center still in progress.


9/11 Tragedy: Ten Years Later

 In remembering the awful tragedy of 9/11, I know there are so many people still grieving love ones lost on that horrific day. I think of those who lost more than 1 love one like the Egan family who lost 2 daughters. I remember reading of the lost of entire families on the hijacked flights, 11, 77, 175, and 93. People forget that there were children that died that day. All were on the planes. Go here to see my previous tribute to those children. I also think of the First Responders who went into the burning collapsing buildings to rescue others, but did not get out. It was 10 years ago, but for many of the grieving, it is still like it happened yesterday. My heart and prayers continue to go out to them.

I feel the decisions of Mayor Bloomberg in New York to not invite clergy and the First Responders to participate in the 10 year Memorial are so very wrong. How do you leave out the Lord and those who survived (some with grave health issues) rescuing the living and recovering the dead from such an important commemoration?

There were triumphant stories from 9/11. Find out about a few 10 years later. Go here to view a survivor of the South Tower, Brian Clark and a North Tower survivor, Tom Canavan, who I met a few years ago at the National September 11 Memorial Museum in lower Manhattan. Read about Genelle Guzman-McMillan who was one of the last to be pulled out of World Trade Center alive. And finally, go here to view an interview of burned survivor, Ling Young. God Bless them, all other 9/11 survivors, the First Responders and the families who continue to deal with the loss of love ones from the 4 hijacked planes, the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

The Vitriol Blame is Misplaced!

I cannot believe how a good portion of those on the liberal left are going off on the deep end on blaming the Arizona shooting carnage that killed people including a child and hideously wounded others, most notably, Blue dog, Democratic Congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords on the vitriol coming from the right-wing talkers and politicos. Really, as if there is no vitriol coming from the left these days! For me, MSNBC’s and radio talker, the combustible Ed Schultz, and Keith Olbermann immediately  comes to mind. From what I have read and heard on the radio and TV, the suspected shooter, Jared Loughner is a very deranged man. His high school and community college class mates claims he is a “left-wing pothead.” Reports say he is into Mein Kampf and the Communist Manifesto, currency standards and English grammar. This misplaced blame appears to be a course taken by the left to gain some political traction, since being repudiated in the Nov 2010 elections.

Jared Loughner’s drug use, relationships within his family circle, and other personal indicators that contributed to his state of mind should be the focus as to what happen. This tragedy should motivate us to  take a deeper look into how we deal with people who have mental health issues that causes them to be a danger, since it seems that nothing could really be done until he committed the carnage. His college classmates were afraid of him and a college instructor tried to have him removed from his classroom several times due to his scary erratic behavior. But then, none of this is getting traction in the news, only the vitriol!