Sep 11-07

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2007: September: Sep 11-07
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Photo by Pete Sidwell

Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 06:36 am:

Whenever we see a rainbow it's reminiscent of the first one mentioned in Genesis 9, a sign of hope after an awful catastrophe. Pete Sidwell captured this serene moment from the Lake Breeze Inn in Eagle Harbor, a subtle glow through the clearing fog.

Can we ever again come to an 11th of September and not recall that late summer day in 2001? Today we remember those whose lives were lost, and say a prayer for all who are still recovering.

By Paul Oesterle (Paulwebbtroll) on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 06:42 am:

9/11, a date we will never forget.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 06:56 am:

Remember to drive with your lights on today in memory of those who lost their lives on this tragic day.

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 07:24 am:

God Bless the U.S.A.!

By Jill McNamara (Jillann) on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 07:42 am:

God Bless the children that lost parents and the parents that lost children on the Sept.11th that we all refer to.

By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 07:43 am:

They say we will never forget what we were doing on that day. I think they are right.

By E. Neil Harri (Ilmayksi) on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 08:30 am:

Remember to fly your flag. Don't forget the rescue workers in your thoughts and prayers. It was very hard on them and their families. Two of my step sons are NYPD officers and were both there. The other boy lost 13 from his high school graduating class in the towers.
I was at a party in NY and everyone tells you their 9/11 story. There are some incredible stories.

By Margaret, Amarillo TX (Margaret) on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 08:37 am:

My nephew was the crew chief on Marine 1 with President Bush six years ago today, He awaits his orders to go to Iraq.

By William J Mullen (Billmullen) on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 08:52 am:


By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 09:28 am:

Sept 11th is a day that most of us who were old enough to remember (school age and older). But, we need to teach those who were not around then about it. I think we should find film clips of the towers being hit by the planes and cut to their eventually falling, so that we can show them to those who were not born or were otherwise too young to remember, once they are old enough to understand the monstrosity of what happened that fateful day in 2001.

My sons were in school that day, and somehow their teachers commandeered TV's to keep up with what was happening. I will never forget watching the first plane go in, on live TV. I called my brother & woke him up (he lived in Montana at the time). I made him get up & watch it. We watched it together (as together as on the phone can be) for almost an hour. The images are seared in my memory forever.

Neil, I commend your step sons for their service. That was just unspeakable & unthinkable, what the police & fire people had to go thru that day and in the months after!

By Sean Finnegan (Sean) on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 09:31 am:

Remember that the flag should be flown at half staff today.

By Cindy Pihlaja Russell (Gone2long) on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 09:35 am:

My neice will be deployed to Iraq for the third time in October. She will be gone for 18 months. She will be in Baghdad this time.

By Helen (Heleninhubbel) on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 09:37 am:

I WILL NEVER FORGET turning on my T.V at 8:45 that morning......Satan is the master of pain and destruction. God Bless all those family's involved in that day..and the many days after...may He give them real peace and comfort, everyone, heal their bodies, their minds, and their heart breaks....who could ever forget them.

Take care....God's protection on each of you as you go your way today...

By Stephanie (Stefani13) on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 10:51 am:

I was at work. My boss came in and told us he'd heard on the radio that a plane had crashed into one of the towers. He had a radio at his desk and we were all gathered around, listening in disbelief. It was so surreal.

“I am responsible. Although I may not be able to prevent the worst from happening, I am responsible for my attitude toward the inevitable misfortunes that darken life. Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself.”
– Walter Anderson

By Alex J. Tiensivu (Ajtiensivu) on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 12:23 pm:

A friend called me and told me a plane had hit the towers. I thought he was kidding, though that would have been a pretty sick joke. We will never forget this day. May God Bless those who are grieving once again, today.

By Lorelei (Lorelei) on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 01:05 pm:

My son turned 13 on that day. He came home from school and said the following: "Mom, we don't have to celebrate my birthday on this day any more. Lets change the date to the 10th." It was a huge impact on him and continues to be even today, his 19th birthday.

By Daveofmohawk (Daveofmohawk) on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 01:19 pm:

HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF? Back when I was growing up in the 50's and 60's we had a Communist in every closet; now we have a terrorist in every closet. We spent billions of $ on bomb shelters, radar sites and weapons, now we are spending billions on homeland security [which is accomplishing absolutely nothing], then we got into the Vietnam War to stop Communism from spreading. More than 50,000 American Service men and women were killed [we lost the war and accomplished absolutely nothing]. Now we are in Iraq to stop terrorism.

By Frank Picotte (Frankp) on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 01:56 pm:

Dave I share your thoughts, Another vietnam vet. We will probably wind up the same after this fiasco.

By Mel, not in KS anymore! (Mehollop) on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 02:22 pm:

I agree too, Dave. Though I can't claim the esteemed status of Vet that you and Frank can. Merely a concerned bystander.

Will anyone join me in a prayer for all the innocents in Iraq who have lost their lives on the sidelines? Seems we always think of our own over there, but not all the people caught in the crossfire who are just trying to carry on living their lives.

By 69 TOOT (Flyindamooney) on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 03:20 pm:

A young lady friend of mine had graduated Wayne State and gotten her first real job, at Channel 4 TV, in the news production and editing room. Sept 11, 2001 was her first day on the job. She still talks about that day.

By E. Neil Harri (Ilmayksi) on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 03:29 pm:

I have to add my opinion to this as a Marine Corps Vietnam Vet. I believe history will record Vietnam is where we finally went head to head with the communist system. It almost broke us but it did break their system. I saw all the Russian and Chinese weapons there. It was their surrogate war against us.
Now China is working on a free market system and the USSR collapsed long ago.
I have talked to a lot of Vets who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. I find them to be proud of their service and believe they are accomplishing what is needed there. I have a great deal of respect and trust in our troops and will never give up my support for the them or their mission until they come home.

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 03:50 pm:

I agree with you totally, Neil Harri.

And, how many of us have already forgotten that the twin towers in New York City were not the only places that were struck here on our U.S. soil that fateful day, an unprecedented event in U.S. history, other than Pearl Harbor in World War II? The Pentagon was also struck, with a number of killed and wounded. And, Flight 93 was so heroically brought down in a field in Pennsylvania by passengers when they heard about the twin towers, etc, and they realized their hijackers had a similar fate planned for them. America was under attack then, and will continue to be for the foreseeable future.

It is also a shame that the schools are no longer really teaching American history, especially after the Civil War. Our students are taught little about World War I or II, and virtually nothing about any U.S. history after World War II!

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 05:19 pm:

Neil I am a vet also and agree with you completely. There was nothing worse then to come home and have the pacifist calling me a baby killer I am still bitter about the way we were treated when we returned to civilian life.

By Uncle Chuck @ Little Betsy (Unclechuck) on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 05:21 pm:

An appropriate picture for today!

By Paul H. Meier (Paul) on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 08:20 pm:

One could write book on today's comments.
I was Regular Army during the Viet Nam and fortunate in that I did not have to serve in country. Those of us who served during that era may never know what history will conclude about it. I feel we were defeated by too much staff in the Pentagon and too few leaders in the field. As a whole we failed to adapt to a guerrilla who was willing to fight for a century and loose 100 to our 1.
Today we remember 9-11 when Egyptian and Saudi terrorists attacked us under orders from a Saudi operating in Afghanistan. The world was behind us when we went after that man. He is still out there, the people that supported him are making a comeback, and we are debating the Iraq war. Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Iraq was created by British Prime Minister Lloyd George during the Treaty to settle WWI. He cobbled it from 3 distinct territories and sects to ensure the British Navy would have a source of OIL. This was the same Treaty that gave us Yugoslavia, remember how well that went. Anyway, the Brits spent decades killing insurgents keeping their Mandate together. After WWII the Iraqis were held together by the likes of Saddam and sons.
We are in it now and it is apparent that Washington (both parties) has no more ability to adapt than their predecessors 40 years ago. Despite the warnings of Shinecki, we went in and applied Lean Manfacturing to war with the happy assumption that those people would like us.
The best way to honor the victims of 9-11 and the casualties of this war is to vote ALL our politicians out in 2008 and hope for some actual statesmen.

By Mike (Upboundeh) on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 08:54 pm:

It's good to be Free, and in a country where you can speak your mind. I am a Vet, still on active duty of almost 21 years proudly serving this awesome country of the United States of America. Its amazing how we can be so technologically advanced and still be fighting and at war for hundreds of years. Sometimes I think we should go back to horse and buggy. Those shoe box photos and memories are great! May God bless all those who have given their lives and their families who are enduring the loss...

By FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 09:05 pm:

Paul H. Meier (Paul):
"Despite the warnings of Shinecki (sic),…"

At the risk of sounding a bit picky, that would be Gen. Eric Shinseki.

From yet another Viet-Nam era veteran (U.S. Army) who also never served "in country", but at 6th US Army Headquarters, Presidio of San Francisco, California. Fortunately I never experienced the anti-veteran negativism when it was all over.

By Walter P McNew (Waltermcnew) on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 10:13 pm:

very nice picture war has to be one of mans greatest achievements and yes i am a vet........ i remain walter p.

By Albert Silfven (Aappo16) on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 10:20 pm:

I'm with you Neil. I served during the Korean War,
(USAF). I'm afraid that almost every generation will confront some faction or nation that would seek to destroy our freedoms or do us harm. It's comforting to know that there are those who care enough and are willing to serve to protect this nation from it's enemies. I only hope that we as a people continue to be up to the challenge. It's unfortunate though, that there are those in Washington who deride the fine work of our military for their onw selfish reasons.

By Uncle Chuck @ Little Betsy (Unclechuck) on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 10:56 pm:

Albert, I'd like to believe that America will ALWAYS be up to the challenge, like my favorite artist always said,"NEVER FEAR WHEN THE EAGLE'S IN THE AIR" Thank God for our Military and our Public Safety! We owe them everything!

By Paul H. Meier (Paul) on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 11:34 pm:

My apologies to Gen. Shinseki; no mater how one spells his name, he had it right.

By Paul D Schaer (Paulinda) on Wednesday, September 12, 2007 - 07:05 am:

My wife, Linda and I were both at work that morning.
I didn't see anythimg on the TV til I got home that
I talked to Linda during the day and she told me they
had closed down the U of M campus and also vacated
the IDS bldg in Minneapolis. WOW!!
We learned later that both of Linda's parents had the TV
on but thought that it was just another war movie on.
Let's not forget!!

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