Sept 11, 2013…Families

On September 11, 2001, in the heart of America’s greatest city, nearly three thousand Americans were murdered in a single morning.

Terrorist Muzlims struck a blow against ALL of us that reverberates to this day. Well, At least for people of conscience that is …”

Sweet Friends.

This year I spent but some precious moments with the families of Sept 11.
But long enough to see a young girl of no more than 16 utter these words through her inconsolable sobs:

Whoever said “Time heals ALL wounds” is wrong.
I still miss you Daddy, as much as I did 12 years ago….”

It’s been said:

“What separates us from the animals, what separates us from the chaos, is our ability to mourn people we’ve never met.”


In a New York classroom one year after 9-11, students composed the following 9-11 poem.

A relative of the teacher had perished on that tragic day in Tower One of the World Trade Center. The victim left behind a 3-year-old.

List of “Don’t Forgets” and “Remembers”

We were eight.

Before September 11th, we would wake up with a list of “Don’t Forgets”

Don’t forget to wash your face
Don’t forget to brush your teeth
Don’t forget to do your homework
Don’t forget to wear your jacket
Don’t forget to clean your room
Don’t forget to take a bath

After September 11th, we wake up with a list of “Remembers”

Remember to greet the sun each morning
Remember to enjoy every meal
Remember to thank your parents for their hard work
Remember to honor those who keep you safe
Remember to value each person you meet
Remember to respect other’s beliefs

Now we are nine.

We will never forget.

To all those who lost……

May you find the solace and hope here.

May the pain of your remembrance be softened by the presence of compassionate friends and by the memories of lives lived in love and service.

Faithfully yours,

8 Responses to “Sept 11, 2013…Families”

  1. Comedy Plus says:

    Right on the money. I’ll never forget who did this either. Never.

    Have a terrific day my friend. Big hugs. :)

  2. Freedom, by the way says:

    Beautiful tribute.

  3. Findalis says:

    Never forget and Never forgive!

  4. Elizabeth (Layla) says:

    I lost a son to a drunk driver. No time never really does heal and that 16 year-old girl’s words are too true. People say there is no shame in death, and a book that has for years been dear to me is entitled, “Death Be Not Proud, ” by John Gunther. He worked for national geographic back in the 30s and 40s perhaps longer, the book was a testament to his son’s life and ultimate and untimely death from a brain tumor during his teen years. For me, there are few words. I remember 9/11 and then I remember all my family and friends that have passed on. I am sorry I know I am supposed to say they are in a better place and in peace, they are, but it does not seal or fill the whole in my heart or the void in my chest that at times cannot utter a sound. So I leave you this. My Uncle’s best friend gave this to me when he died twenty years ago, and then she too died last year, but my Uncle left me his best friend for a little while, it made me happy, made me smile and made me know that no one can replace anyone, but there will always be someone to love and to love us back. That is G-d’s plan and G-d is love. In the end all that will matter sweet lady is love…..I believe you have given much love, G-d bless you.

    I Did Not Die

Author Unknown

Do not stand at my grave and forever weep.
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and forever cry.
I am not there. I did not die.

  5. -FJ says:

    Not to make light of your wonderful tribute, Angel, but I think that it’s high time we called the terrorists out like true Yorkshire men! Perhaps then, we could settle our differences in a manner satisfactory to all. Let them choose their weapons, and we’ll meet them wherever and whenever they so choose.

  6. cute says:

    I’ll never forget and never forgive the atrocities committed on 9/11.

    BTW I think HellNo is just jealous.

  7. KarLLMMMM says:

    Thank you so much Angel for being there to help MY fellow Americans in their darkest hour..
    Always remember “In the Begining” there was Dark…
    and then GOD said “Let there be Light”

  8. Carol-Christian Soldier says:

    and- no more tuning the other cheek – we in the US have done that too many times with the enemy -!!! 9-11–9-11, Benghazi–and ET AL !!!!!