Friday, September 9, 2011

Hope. Honor. History. In Remembrance of 9/11


We were living in an idyllic lake community 40 miles from New York City 
on September 11, 2001.


We have diversified memories of that day: 
Our oldest son, just barely one year of age, his joyous laughter as he
raced around the beach under that cloudless, brilliant sky.
A neighbor going to work that morning and never coming home.
Frantically trying to reach my step-mother-in-law (in vain)
as she escaped NYC by walking across the Brooklyn Bridge.

We remember to have hope for tomorrow. 
Hope in a new generation of children that will rise up and
defend liberty and freedom throughout the world.
We remember to honor those that lost their lives. We remember to
provide a living history of courage and faith and virtue. 

The library has over 600 books, music, movies and more on 9/11, but
these are some we have brought home and can highly recommend:

Easy Reader: Fireboat

(2nd -5th Grade) Read: 14 Cows For America

Adults Watch: What We Saw

If you live in the Charlotte, NC, area, the Davidson Community Players
will perform The Guys: A 9/11 Remembrance, By Anne Nelson
September 8-17th

 A portion of the proceeds will support training programs
 for the Davidson Volunteer Fire Department and First Responders.
 Firefighters and First Responders will be admitted free. 

WDAV (89.9 FM) The radio station of Davidson College, 
will feature a special In Commemoration
 during the Choral Showcase hour from 6-7 pm
on Sunday, September 11, 2011. 
Selections from a new work written
  specifically for observances of 9/11: 
On The Transmigration of Souls by living
composer John Adams, will be highlighted. 

"But in a larger sense... we cannot dedicate -- we cannot consecrate
we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men (and women), living and dead,
who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our poor power
to add or detract.
World Trade Center. Associated Press Photo.

The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, 
but it can never forget what they did here. 
It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished 
 work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.

The Pentagon. Associated Press Photo.

It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

                                       ~ Abraham Lincoln (The Gettysburg Address)

Near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Associated Press Photo.

Hope. Honor. History.
We will never forget.

Where were you that morning? 

xoxo Michele


Lula said...

I was in High school in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I come from school and I see my mom in front of the tv, she calls me: "Lucia, come see this!"and we both get hypnotized by the horrible image of the towers... we got goose bumps. The newspaper the next day said: "Third world war". What a way to scare us!
I think that what happened here in the US has to get us closer to other horrendous things that are also going on around the world, for me, it helps me to realize that we can feel compassion at another level. Because it has been personal.

Michele said...

Thank you for sharing, Lula!

Jennie@gotmyreservations said...

I love how you used the Gettysburg Address. I had never realized, even though I taught the text for many years, how apropos the words are to the 9/11 story. :)