Never Forget

by Steve on September 11, 2006

In honor of our fellow Americans who lost their lives five years ago I’ve done a small round-up of appropriate material.


A tribute.

A look at the last five years.

Dealing and coping.

A history lesson.

Don’t let the memory fade. Don’t forget those that never came home. Honor the courage and self-sacrifice of the men and women who gave their own lives in the effort to save others. Think about where you were that day and remember the thoughts and feelings that you experienced as the attack unfolded. I remember the shock after the first plane hit and then the rage after the second, third, and fourth. Don’t ever forget, for if we do then we are doomed to repeat a piece of history that we would rather not see again.

**UPDATE 09/11/06 0900**
From Rick Moran over at AT:

But while we may not be able to summon the demons that caused the anger, the sadness, and the tears 5 years ago, we should now be able to call forth the angels who can aid and protect us from our own folly; the fearful belief that the job is too big, too fraught with uncertainty for us to even try and win through to victory.

It is to this endeavor that we can rededicate ourselves on this 5th anniversary of 9/11. The tears may be gone, unable to bridge the mists of time and the healing salve of forgetfulness. But the cause remains. The purpose lives. And while our tears may have dried, the reason we wept in the first place will never, ever be forgotten.

**UPDATE 09/11/06 0950**
I’ve linked to Project 2996 above and there are many posts there in honor of the fallen but if you only read one make sure it’s this one remembering Heather Lee Smith. If you were lucky enough not to have lost anyone five years ago, if you didn’t personally know any of the victims, Lex’s memorial to Heather will change that. He shares her with us in a profoundly personal way and also reminds us of the void created by the combined loss of 2,996 souls.

I started to insert a block-quote but there is no single part of the whole that would do justice to her memory. Go meet Heather Lee Smith and honor her, who she was, and all that she might have been.

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