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9/11 Remembered – The Toll

Reading the timeline each year is a sobering experience, but it doesn’t matter what time of year I look at the images from that day. Considering the current political climate, I look at them regularly. The images continue to haunt me and they always will.

There were 2996 immediate deaths on September 11th, 2001. There were people who cheered that day, celebrating an attack on America. Even now, I see members of our government trivialize the events of that day, desecrating the dead with their comments. Eighteen years have gone by and America forgets its dead.

Regardless of which way the political winds blow, I remain a patriot. But in a greater sense, I will also always honor those who stood with us on that day. After all, there were victims from 90 countries. A sick ideology attacked the world.

The crisis remains. Victims and rescuers alike suffer life threatening medical conditions due to the exposure to toxins during the attacks and continue to succumb to these lingering wounds. As a country, we must stand by them.

And then, there’s the war that has yet to end. In the ensuing 18 years we’ve definitely taken the fight to the enemy and even cut their head off a time or two. The names change, but they remain enemies of freedom. We must secure our future.

Even now, the world is faced with the continued threat of Islamic fundamentalism that targets our ideals in both word and deed. We must oppose them in every case, lest our efforts thus far, be in vain.

Never Forgive, Never Forget

7 Responses to “9/11 Remembered – The Toll”

  1. Mustang0268 says:

    A Story for My Grandson…

    There was a place where long ago, many stood against a foe, and lay down their lives at the Alamo.

    A slumbering giant torn from its dream, thrust into fire and terrible flame, rose up and stood against the threat, Pearl Harbor we shall not forget.

    The morning shattered, another threat, from distant lands, our friends sent to Heaven, we shall not, nor ever shall, forget those who died on 9/11.

    Know the pattern my son’s son, wary and cautious forever more, that time’s true story is always thus, the price of safety for the giant, shall and always will be vigilance.

  2. Nate says:

    The man who recruited me into the Army died in the Pentagon on 9-11. SGM Lacey B. ivory. Eric might have known him.

    We haven’t gotten enough back for.what happened that day.

    Never forgive. Never forget.

  3. swiss says:

    Kudos to John Stewart for helping 9/11 first responders and others get forever healthcare for being there and helping before the dust settled. Shame on the federal government for having to be held accountable by a media personality. (not shocking, and why good journalism is needed)

    Thank you to those who responded, and those who enlisted. I was in AFG when the news broke that we killed osama. The kids coming back in from patrol and eating midnight cold cuts didn’t even know who he was, or what the significance was of his death.

    Never forget.

  4. swiss says:

    As former NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley pointed out during the 2012 battle to make funds from the James Zadroga Act available for cancer treatment, “Cancers take 20 years to develop … and we might see something different 20 years down the line.” (Ultimately, nearly 60 types of cancer were added to the list of illnesses eligible for coverage.) Other doctors who have worked with 9/11 survivors have said that they expect to see an increase in cancer in the coming years.

    from a recent article
    https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/06/how-lawmakers-protected-and-failed-9-11-first-responders.html

  5. Joe_K says:

    * 2,977 innocents.

  6. Zanfra says:

    we watched 3 hours of vintage video of the attacks the other day. so sad.

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