Thursday, September 11, 2008

Remembering 9/11

9/11 ~ This set of numbers needs no explanation. They are filled with horror, sadness, and the resilience of the American spirit. Most people above 5 feet tall could probably tell you exactly where they were 7 years ago today when the first plane hit the WTC, I can. As a country, we were united, people clung to one another, wept, and PRAYED. They put others before themselves.

There are countless stories of heroes that emerged that day~ firefighters, first responders, policeman, the mayor, the office worker that sacrificed for their co-worker, the list goes on. The epitome of COURAGE.

I am going to share again one our favorite quotes as an inspiration to you and as a reminder to me.

"It is not the critic that counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy course; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat."
-Theodore Roosevelt (Paris Sorbonne, 1910)

Let us never forget and may God Bless America.
The Park Wife


Anonymous said...

Thank you...

OKGardners said...

You are right. That was a day I will never forget. Since I was working with the military at the time, it was a very trying day. Many co-workers ran home to get their kids from school.

Since my kids were grown, I volunteered to stay at work to help with Emergency Operations and Mobilizations of troops.

I did the same thing when we had the Okla. City Murrah Building bombing. So I had a totally different perspective from most Americans. Both events will forever be etched in my mind.

Thanks for the tribute today.

Betty in Oklahoma

Lisa J said...

Me too, I remember 9/11 and the Murrah Bombing. We sent officers the OKC and firefighters as well. I wanted to go so badly, but had children at home and did not see how I could take care of them and be 90 miles away in the City.
I remember 9/11, taking my daughter to the health department to get a shot. But I can't remember what shot...isn't that weird? I must ask her. I knew we had been attacked, one plane, an accident maybe. Two planes, we were under attack. I watched TV for days after that, day and night. Never turing it off. I wanted to go help, but again knew I would not be able to. I hate seeing history being made, this is not what I want to be a part of. I would rather be part of the history that cures cancer!!!!

Darlene said...

There are several instances in our history that I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing at the time.

9-ll is at the top of the list.

Thanks for saying it all so well.

Lisa J said...

Better start getting ready for the next hurricane....ready or not here he comes.

Valarie said...

Let us never forget

Lisa J said...

Just checking on you. I am guessing you all got hit by this storm as well and had a lot of rain? We had wind last night, and some very nice, much needed rain. Hope to hear from you soon.

Lisa J said...

Ok, still checking, give us a sign that you are ok. OK?? Hope all is well.