September 11, 2005

Photographs and Memories

All of the photographs contained on this posting are from a variety of blogs with one thing in common. They remember 9/11/01 and they tell the story of those memories. Click on the photograph to see the site I got it from. If you tear up as I have, that's OK. If you get angry and furious and want to lash out at the animals that did this, that is OK too. If you want to curl up in a ball and hide from the world, that is NOT OK. Regardless of your feelings about the war on terrorism and on terrorists, please remember this; good people have died to maintain freedom, let us remember them.

Note: this Photographic History will stay up for one week and will be added to the whole time. If you have a photograph from a blog, and you would like to see it included, include the URL in the comments section, if it YOUR blog, please link/trackback to this entry.

tt and liberty copy.jpg we must remember.jpg smoking towers.jpg liberty.jpg neverforget.jpg WTC1_on_fire.jpg firemen and flag.jpg 911father.jpg 911jumper.jpg world-trade-center-12.jpg sepember_11_boy_1.jpg air strike.jpg neverforget2.jpg plane strike.jpg tower lights.jpg 9-11.jpg 9-11memorial.jpg man falling.jpg Let's Roll.jpg Flight93.jpg Damage9.jpg

Click Here For The Ultimate Video Memorial

A final word: Some of the above photographs are searing, some heartbreaking, some poignant, all are a photographic record of America at war. Some who read this photo-essay do not believe that the Islamo-Fascists who perpetrated this vile act will do so again, that it was a fluke from a few mad-men who probably won't do so again. Don't Believe It! Don't!!!

Posted by GM Roper at September 11, 2005 11:30 AM | TrackBack

Well done.....Stay Angry!!!

Posted by kender at September 11, 2005 12:31 PM

All so gripping. The most gut-wrenching of all: bottom left. Black and white for the grieving.

Thanks and God bless.

Posted by The MaryHunter at September 11, 2005 12:57 PM

I was seven months pregnant with my daughter and waking up to what was, I thought, a perfect Colorado sunrise. I was greatful for my husband to be home as he had been on a lenghty business trip on the east coast... more specifically, Boston. He had just arrived home late the evening before. I allowed him to sleep-in that morning as I imagined ....he was exhausted.

I was blow drying my hair while WATCHING the morning news.. (can't really listen with the blow dryer on now can you).. I couldn't hear what was happening but there was live broadcast from outside of the Trade Center right after the first plane struck, although I didn't know it at that time. The camera was pointed at the Towers as I was guessing something had just happened.. Smoke was seen. I thought it might had been an explosion of some sort... As I was there drying my hair trying to guess what was being said and what was happening, I witnessed the 2nd plane strike. My heart immidiately dropped to the pit of my stomach as the blow dryer crashed to the tile floor. I froze for a minute in disbelief as to what my eyes had seen, live on National TV.

I somehow knew that this was no accident. Maybe it was my previous military (US ARMY) expereince. I ran to wake my husband shaking him saying, "Wake up, we are under attack!" Bewildered, he popped up and joined me watching the TV. A few hours later they speculated the origin of the planes. By that time, we had heard about the Pentagon crash and Flight 93 in Pennsylvania. I received a call from my baby brother who was interning as a budget analyst in Washington DC at the Pentagon. Noone from my family had heard from him taht morining and we were pretty worried. THANKFULLY, he was playing hookey that day taking in some sun at Virgina Beach. He called to make sure my husband (John) was home safe. He had heard that the planes were originating from Boston and knew that John was just there.

John suddenly turned white during that conversation and politely ended the call with my brother. He squeezed my hand that he was holding. Then he turned to me and my big pregnant belly and said that it could have been him on one of those planes. With tears in his eyes and a hand on our baby, he explained that it was by pure luck he got home the night before... His flight from Boston on 9/10 was overbooked and he almost gave up his seat for an upgrade on a United Airlines flight for the next a.m. (9/11). But I had called him and, without knowing it, had convinced him to get home earlier. (Score one for the hormonal, pregnant, nagging wife).

Ironically, today is 9/11 and my husband is on a plane home at this very moment. Again, he was not to be home until tomorrow. But, again, i was able to convince him otherwise... but I think our daughter, now 4, helped.

As we remember where we were and what we were doing on that fateful day, let us keep the memory of those brave souls who we lost that morning and keep them and their families in our hearts, minds, and prayers.

Posted by Carla at September 11, 2005 01:24 PM

Nice work. For some things words just don't work. Photographs can be much more expressive.

Posted by Van Helsing at September 11, 2005 04:35 PM

We MUST.....NEVER, NEVER, NEVER forget. The enemy is still out there. They WILL, if we do not destroy them, attack again. It could be very much worse the next time.

Pay attention, Americans, pay attention.

Posted by tad at September 11, 2005 06:39 PM

I fly into righteous rage when I see the planes flying into the WTC, the burning towers, the plume of smoke.

I grieve when I see the fatherless and motherless children, and the jumpers

I rejoice when I see that the Statue of Liberty is still standing. Had Our Lady gone down, I'd despair. But She still stands--undefeated--even as the towers burn and collapse. That image of Our Lady still standing has so much meaning for me.

I also rejoice when I see our flag being raised over the ruins. Iwo Jima, huh? A costly battle, but one which we won, in spite of all the odds.

We can win this war--and I don't mean the war in Iraq. I mean the war against Islamism.

The towers of light tell me that some of us will never forget what the sacrifices of the FDNY meant for our future--light eternally travels, light illuminates the darkness, light allows us to see evil and to combat it.

Thanks for posting these photos! I hope that you can add photos relating to Flight 93. Think of what those passengers prevented! They didn't just accept their fate--they controlled it. That is the American spirit. Soon enough, that site will be desecrated with a red crescent. Makes me sick, but what the passengers did on 9/11 will still have significance for those who understand.

Posted by Always On Watch at September 11, 2005 07:51 PM

Simply amazing George. You are an incredible writer. I am so glad to have gotten to know you. Thanks for the link, and thanks for the pictures. God bless you and yours.

Posted by Squamata at September 11, 2005 11:06 PM

That flash movie with the soundtrack is one of my favorites. It's always difficult to sit through without a flood of emotion.

Posted by Mike's America at September 12, 2005 02:25 AM

GM, I've gone back a looked at the photos that come in massive amounts. It is a "good" presentation. While really, really awful, it is something that all Americans ought look at...hard. I entirely concur that the next attack in when, not if.

Thank you for helping many to stay focused.



Posted by tad at September 13, 2005 10:48 AM

These pictures speak much louder than any words GM. Thank you for doing this. You rock and I will never EVER forget.

Posted by Raven at September 13, 2005 05:58 PM

I finally looked at the Video Memorial. Quite gripping, but the most poignant portion was the quiet posting of the photographs of the passengers on the doomed flights, persons from every walk of life joined eternally as the unwilling hostages to this crime but who often get overshadowed by the Twin Towers. This event was the proof that there truly is evil in this world. Beyond that, words fail...

Posted by civil truth at September 13, 2005 08:05 PM

I just posted this as a comment at neo-neocon, but wanted to share this here as well...

For me, 9/11 was the gut-level proof that real, objective evil exists in this world. That means then that the war of good vs. evil, right & wrong, is not simply children's naivity.

Too many continue to follow the fashionable illusion of believing that everything is gray, because that is the path of least resistance that lets us drift along in denial.

Unfortunately, our political leadership gives us mixed messages: on the one hand, they say we are at war; but on the other hand they fail to call for any sacrifice or change in our lifestyle, telling us to continue consuming away -- like the world in the time of Noah, ignoring the warning, eating and drinking away until their doom abruptly came to pass...

Thus it falls to each of us as individuals to decide: "What then shall I do?"

Or to put it another way, now that I truly know evil, it's up to me to find good and live it. It's hard to remember, though, admidst all the banality of daily life.

Posted by civil truth at September 14, 2005 11:44 AM

Thought you might appreciate the link above. We must never forget!

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