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We Must Never Forget That Horrific Summer Day in September; 9-11-2001

God Bless America, Land that I Love, Stand beside her and guide her, thru the night, with a Light from above...

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The 9-11-01 Cross

Remembering 9/11

Never Forget!

Although this amazing, resilient Nation bounced back as we have always done and will always do, with spirited resolution, unwavering faith and in classic American style; we must never forget what happened to us; the citizens of this Nation and visitors to this Nation, as we became the human targets of hate, on September 11, 2001.

While many were forever lost to us, in an instant, on that fateful day, others survived, only to lose their individual battles in time, in the aftermath. Whether from exposure to toxins in the air they were breathing, as they worked tirelessly to save lives, an emotional toll which they just couldn’t overcome, injuries which would never heal, whatever the case, their fight has now come to an end, post September 11, 2001.

While many witnessed the horror firsthand, the rest of us and the rest of the world watched, as the despicable acts of cowards, played out. The sights, the sounds, {for those actually there, the smells} images forever etched in our minds, of people jumping from tall buildings and of people running for their lives, as large looming masses of smoke rapidly encroached on them, as if seeking to devour them!

But, we also witnessed so much good -

We witnessed and watched heroes --- so many heroes, rushing in, straight into the danger zone.

Most of us sensing that their very last acts on earth, would be acts of bravery and heroism!

We turned to loved ones for solace and for a reassurance that we were going to be okay, that this wasn’t to be the end, not of US, not of these United States of America!

Many of us knew in an instant, we would not be going down without a fight, we never have before, (for it is not in our DNA) and we never will!

Our neighbors were no longer strangers to us.

Connections and re-connections were made, which were so long overdue.

There was a monumental turning back to God and it spread throughout the land in a mighty, mighty way!

While we were connecting and reconnecting, loving and supporting, doing for one another, we were still watching.

Watching, as horrendous images were played and replayed on our television screens.

Hearing the horrific sounds as they were played and replayed over the radio and in our minds.

A world full of people, some for the very first time in their lives, clearly understood what pure evil looks like and what pure evil is capable of

We must never forget all of those innocent lives which were taken on that fateful, solemn, horrendous day; so violently, so tragically, by the most vile and wicked individuals, capable of such evil!

To date, we have not -

Their names are read every year on the eleventh day of the ninth month, by their loved ones, whom were left behind

We must never forget all of those lives taken from us since that solemn day, to evil acts, for the doers of evil never seem to tire

Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning?

God is ever present

We must never forget, nor lose sight of what evil is capable of.

We can never let our guard down, not even for an instant.

It would be so much easier for us, to just put it out of our minds forever, pretend it never happened, but we know, we can never do that.

Proactive vigilance is key; we must continually build up our military, we must continue to elect to Office, those individuals that have our safety and our best interest at heart, first and foremost

If they don't, we fire them; they do not get a pass and they do not get a second chance.

We must enforce our borders, strengthen our border walls, build them up, not tear them down and must adhere to our immigration laws, we can no longer be so careless and remiss!

We must get back to knowing who our neighbors are.

We have to get past petty differences that divide us and keep us from talking and communicating.

Being aware of our surroundings and going with our gut, when we sense something isn't right, is crucial

I think we've stopped paying attention to that little voice in our head and those gut feelings we get from time to time, which exist, as a defense mechanism for us all, we can't afford to ignore them!

At the same time, we don't let the evil one steal our joy, we don't let it affect our day to day lives, we don't let it shatter our dreams and we don't let it end or change all of our goals/plans, we have made.

We never let evil take any more from us, than it already has.

We must never forget that while evil exists and abounds...

God is ever present!

Solace is found

in that truth!

God Bless and Keep our Beloved Homeland, the United States of America!

Praise You In This Storm


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2018 A B Williams


A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on September 11, 2021:

Where were you when the world stopped turning, that September day?


A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on September 12, 2020:

I've had people tell me that it never happened. Some don't want it to be true. Some are in denial. Some blame America first for EVERYTHING, even that horrific day. Sad but true.

These days it is almost impossible to give kids their time and space to just be kids.

If Parents aren't teaching them and telling them the truth, they are sure to get some form of it from the worldwide web. :(

P.S. have you seen my last couple articles! My articles used to spark discussion and debate, now they just fizzle out. Maybe it is like you said, everyone is leaving or banned. :(

Shannon Henry from Texas on September 12, 2020:

Really? I was looking at the FB memories from several years ago when my 15-year-old was around 6 years old. I'd commented about trying to explain the gravity of what happened to a kid watching the footage with on TV for the tributes. And in years following that, they've talked about learning about it in school and have had questions about it. Most adults can tell them exactly where we were when we found out what was happened and what we did that day as we watched it all unfold. I was a sophomore in college.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on September 11, 2020:

Hi Shannon, I'm with you, I'll never forget, but I've heard from a couple of people that assumed their kids learned about this day, what happened, who was responsible, etc., but they had not!

Parents that care to, will teach their kids about it, if the schools won't do their jobs and 'teach', but what of those Parents/Guardians that choose not to, don't care to?

New York was ready to cancel today's tribute, if not for Frank Siller and the Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

Sadly, I can see it being forgotten a few short generations out. :(

Shannon Henry from Texas on September 11, 2020:

To this day, it makes me get all choked up when I see those images on TV. I don't think anyone can truly ever forget that day.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on September 11, 2020:

Of course, Frank Siller and the Tunnel to Towers foundation will see to it that THIS YEAR, 2020, will not be an exception...all of the names will be read!

God Bless America!


A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on September 09, 2020:

I have heard that the names may not be read this year, I hope and pray, that isn't true!

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on February 28, 2020:

In all seriousness, I don't know why you would have a problem following me or anyone else. I've never had that happen before. ??

Richard Hernandez from New York on February 27, 2020:

Oh! That makes sense now.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on February 27, 2020:

It’s a conspiracy....that’s why I do not have 100 followers! LOL!!

No problem! Happy hubbing!

Richard Hernandez from New York on February 27, 2020:

Thank you very much A.B. I would follow you too, but for some reason, it keeps on saying to verify my email, which I have done about 20 times now.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on February 27, 2020:

Okay, you have a follower. I look forward to reading your work.

Richard Hernandez from New York on February 27, 2020:

I will in a few days. Most likely Friday.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on February 26, 2020:

Have you written anything?

Richard Hernandez from New York on February 26, 2020:

By the way, do you think you could follow me?

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on February 26, 2020:

I'm so glad!

I plan a visit the next time I'm in New York.

Nice chatting with you.

Richard Hernandez from New York on February 26, 2020:

No. Thankfully, I didn't lose anyone that day.

I visited the 9/11 museum though.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on February 26, 2020:

If they haven't forgotten, they've gotten awfully careless and/or are completely clueless. We must be resolute in never letting our guard down again and yet they offer safe haven to criminals and want our borders open! Seems as if they've forgotten or don't care.

I see that you are from New York, did you lose (have taken from you) a loved one that day?

Richard Hernandez from New York on February 26, 2020:

Really? I'm pretty sure that if they had families that died on 9/11 they would have remembered.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on February 26, 2020:

Democratic Presidential contenders, Sanctuary City Mayors for starters....

Richard Hernandez from New York on February 26, 2020:

Who has forgotten?

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on February 25, 2020:

Hi Richard, I'm afraid too many already have!

Richard Hernandez from New York on February 25, 2020:

We must never forget.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on September 12, 2019:

Another display of patriotism, which took place last night at memorial.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on September 11, 2019:

Hi Shannon.....I found it. I would have never known you had commented :(

It is a downer, but we can no longer ignore people like her, who’ve worked their way into to becoming U.S. Representatives...for what purpose? Certainly not for a love and adoration of this great Nation!

Thanks for sharing the positive news, about the displays of patriotism that you witnessed today. Love it.

Shannon Henry from Texas on September 11, 2019:

Well, that's a downer. To put it mildly. I could've gone all day without clicking on that link. I don't follow much of what that woman has to say. Actually, nothing she has to say. I hadn't even yet heard that flippant phrase from her. How did she make it into office, anyway? No, don't answer that. The answer is just as disgusting.

On a lighter note, we had the annual Founder's Day Parade here and I just got back from watching my son in the marching band. Many of the floats and vehicles reflected the patriotism of remembering 9/11 as well.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on September 11, 2019:

"Some people did something."

Some wicked, despicable, ungodly, depraved, black-hearted demonic people, did something.....

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on September 15, 2018:

It was Shannon. I think I read that in the 9/11 Commission Report.

Shannon Henry from Texas on September 15, 2018:

This is a little off topic, I suppose, but it makes me sick still to think of the 9-11 date as compared to 911 emergency. It had to have been purposeful.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on September 15, 2018:

Yes, when you think about the months, the years, whatever it may have been, of planning that went into the attack on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, the White House and only God knows what else was to be targeted. The masterminds behind it know, but they aren’t talking, aren’t made to talk, aren’t subjected to anything seen as cruel and unusual punishment (what they did to other human beings caused them to jump from sky high towers, so as not to be burned alive) but God forbid we play loud music or put a bucket of water over their faces......(What these monsters did, caused an airplane full of heroes to unselfishly act, sacrificing their own lives (if that was what it took) so that others might live)

......but, I digress.

You want to think it’s only a horrible nightmare, but it is very real what a group of radicalized, evil individuals are capable of doing to their fellow man.

Your Country, my Country.....we can never let our guard down, not for a moment, when we become complacent, the enemy has the upper hand and we know very well what they are capable of.

That’s depressing, so how is the weather in England? ;)

Nell Rose from England on September 15, 2018:

Yes so many heroes. I do remember watching it on tv at the time. Over here in England we are used to it. 1970-2005 Irish Terror-ists then from 2005-now the same as yours nightmare. So many heroes we should never forget them.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on September 13, 2018:

Thank you Eric. Good, I am glad you think so. I wanted to do that without writing a book.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on September 13, 2018:

Nice article. You covered a lot here.

Shannon Henry from Texas on September 12, 2018:

Haha... My comments and articles both vary greatly in length, but I know that I can be quite verbose at times. So I have no issues with long comments even if you aren't short and sweet when you leave one. ;)

I was thinking about other events in American history that might compare, though, and all I could come up with was Pearl Harbor. Except that we made peace with Japan and unfortunately I think you're right about Radical Islam not stopping.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on September 12, 2018:

I’ve been reluctant to write about 9/11, Shannon. If it has come up in other articles I’ve written, it is as a mention, it’s not the topic.

I never planned to write this one, but I was hearing and seeing very negative stories, more and more conspiracy theories are coming out, history on it, is constantly revising (like so many other things these days) before I knew it, I was writing. Intentionally, keeping it short.

The events of that day were just the tip of the spear, Al Quaeda had much more in store for us, that must never be overlooked! Radicalized Islam will never stop, we must remain vigilant and never let our guard down.

My heart goes out to these families, I will never stop thinking about them or praying for them.

My comment is not so short and sweet, right? ;)

Shannon Henry from Texas on September 12, 2018:

Hadn't seen that. There's no comparison between a person and that horrific event, but people don't think about how insensitive comments like that are. That's why I don't like listening to most politicians. I didn't have people in NY that day, but people close to me did. It's still enough to make a person cry just listening to stories. Last year I was watching something about the children who were affected by losing parents.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on September 12, 2018:

Did ya'll see this yesterday?

Good for him...Enough! God Bless and Keep America!

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on September 12, 2018:

Yes I am very familiar with hurricanes...unfortunately!

They aren’t to be taken lightly.

My Parents aren’t on the coast, they’ll keep an eye out and heed any warnings to evacuate. My brother is close by and will look out for them.

Thanks for your concern!

My prayers are with everyone in its path!

Shannon Henry from Texas on September 11, 2018:

I have family in the VA, but I think it's headed more toward the Carolinas from what I understand. It sounds terrible. I wish they'd evacuate. I've nearly been in a hurricane when the county didn't tell us the evacuation was mandatory until the last minute. I'm so glad I didn't stay. It knocked the house off the supports somewhat, left a huge mess, no power for a week or so, and people eating MRE meals that had to be brought in. Pieces of the barn on a family member's property was found miles away. And I've had people affected by the flooding that hit the Houston and Beaumont area not too long ago. Even if they are out of the way of where the eye makes landfall, flooding and tornadoes are nothing to mess with. My thoughts are with you. I'm sure you're worried. Of course, I see that you're in Florida, so you must know the threat well.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on September 11, 2018:

That's Beautiful T.

Thanks for sharing!

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on September 11, 2018:

Amen Paula!

Suzie from Carson City on September 11, 2018:

We do, each & every one of us feel the shadow of such horrendous loss suffered on that fateful day. The kind of severe trauma & shock, a disaster such as the brutal 911 attack causes to the human psyche, can be life-long.

We can never forget the event. We will never forget the thousands of precious lives lost or the enormous grief, suffered by all affected, a city, a country, the world. Peace, Paula

The Logician from then to now on on September 11, 2018:

Let the world always remember,

That fateful day in September,

And the ones who answered duty's call,

Should be remembered by us all.

Who left the comfort of their home,

To face perils as yet unknown,

An embodiment of goodness on a day,

When men's hearts had gone astray.

Sons and daughters like me and you,

Who never questioned what they had to do,

Who by example, were a source of hope,

And strength to others who could not cope.

Heroes that would not turn their back,

With determination that would not crack,

Who bound together in their ranks,

And asking not a word of thanks.

Men who bravely gave their lives,

Whose orphaned kids and widowed wives,

Can proudly look back on their dad,

Who gave this country all they had.

Actions taken without regret,

Heroisms we shall never forget,

The ones who paid the ultimate price,

Let's never forget their sacrifice.

And never forget the ones no longer here,

Who fought for the freedoms we all hold dear,

And may their memory never wane,

Lest their sacrifices be in vain.


by Alan W. Jankowski

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on September 11, 2018:

I am sorry for your losses Pop!

I have acquaintances that were either in the city or at the Pentagon or had family/friends that were...all survived!

I do often wonder how the survivors are really doing, while I am sure they must count their blessings daily, many sustained horrific injuries (both mentally and physically) and they were breathing in some nasty, toxic stuff for much too long.

breakfastpop on September 11, 2018:

I lost neighbors on 9/11 and a cousin who clearly died from the aftermath of living downtown. My heart still breaks for all those innocent lives lost.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on September 11, 2018:

Thank you Shannon.

I talked with my Parents yesterday and they are preparing to hunker down.

Thanks for sharing your memories.

My youngest, my daughter, was in middle school and my sons were in high school. My sons had already left for school and my daughter was about to leave to catch the bus, when it happened.

We were glued to the t.v. and as a result, she missed the bus. Her and I were crying and hugging, once we realized that our Country was under attack.

I would have kept her home, but she chose to go. A resource officer greeted us at school, all smiles, he had no idea what was going on, I told him and he took off running to let the Administration know.

Shannon Henry from Texas on September 11, 2018:

Short and sweet and to the point. It's odd because this is actually one day I would love to forget. I just can't. I was in college, waking up to the news. Literally waking up to it because the alarm was set to wake us up with the radio rather than the beeping. Still, it was class as usual. Wasn't until I got to class that I began to register what was happening. For the rest of the day the images played and replayed on TV. We had to turn it off because it became too much. You are so right about the entire world seeing what pure evil looks like. Hard to believe it's going on 20 years.

P. S. I hope that your family stays safe!

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on September 11, 2018:

I have many loved ones and friends in the Carolinas and Virginia, they and all of those, in the crosshairs of Hurricane Florence, are in my prayers today.

We all face many storms in our lives, we may not always be going through them together, at times we are merely onlookers, praying others through theirs, but none of us are immune.

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