The seventh anniversary of the ghastly, gruesome IzlamoNazi terrorist attacks on our beloved country.
For those who haven’t heard it….My Sept 11 Story
I was asked by the Mayor’s office to attend the Memorial ceremony as always, but this year, with a terribly heavy heart, had to decline the privilege.
I struggle to recall what my beautiful city and what the World Trade Center looked like during happier days.
It was part of the New York skyline for 30 years, a sight I took in without a second thought.
How many of you had the chance to feel the elation from the view from the “Top of the World” observatory and the legendary “Windows on the World”?
How many of you dined, shopped or worked in the concourse?
Knowing me like y’all do……You know I shopped there.
I looked up at those Towers to orient myself as did thousands of others.
And now they are gone.
My sore and aching memories of working at Ground Zero for months and months – are awakened.
I will take part in Memorials today………but for now………
May I present the pre-9/11 skyline.
Some views from the Top of the World Observatory, and perhaps a glimpse or two inside the magnificent World Trade Center.
Listen sweet friends..and never forget.
[audio:Ray Charles - God Bless America.mp3]
Before: Carefree New Yorkers:
My sweet friends.
We have journeyed through a dark valley, but the Good Lord’s light has led us to a place of hope.
Our unending grief has turned into fierce determination.
Lord, Help us all to remember what it means to be an American,
a people endowed with countless blessings.
May we always cherish the freedoms we enjoy and be inspired to stand,
with courage, ..as one Nation – united.
who above all…………..Will never forget.