Never Forget

Saturday, September 11, 2010

I don't really need to remind everyone what today is.
I think we all remember what happened 9 years ago today.

The Colonel was working in Manhattan at the time and 
didn't have to be at work until 2:00 in the afternoon.

Although he wasn't a Colonel at the time. 
He was a just a normal person,
working a normal job,
providing for his family. 

But that all changed 9 years ago for our family.

We had just dropped Olivia off at the Christian school she was attending. 
She was in 3rd grade. 
We decided to head to the park for a morning walk. 
As we were walking around the park with Michael in his stroller, 
our beloved city was being attacked. 
By the time we made it home, both towers were on fire. 

Growing up in Queens, NY, I remember when they were building the towers. 
I remember the many times we would cross the 
George Washington Bridge and how I would look out 
the window of our car 
staring at the beauty of the Towers.

I remember moving my desk to be in front of the window 
so I could see the beauty of downtown Manhattan 
and those beautiful towers
from the 55th floor of the Empire State Building where I worked every day. 

This is the way the world remembers the Twin Towers...

But I choose to remember them this all their majesty. 

Take a few moments today to remember 
how our world was changed 9 years ago. 
Share with your children the terror we all lived through. 
And if you see a firefighter or policeman or even a military person today, 
thank them for the 
sacrifice they continue 
to make to protect this 
wonderful, beautiful country of ours. 


  1. I am so glad you had a wonderful visit with your husband and am glad to hear that he will be home for good in Jan.I can only imagine how difficult it is to have him gone for such long periods of time.9/11 is also my birthday.... so it has a double significance for me. I think it makes me more grateful for life. It was interesting to learn that about your experience... that you were so close to all of that. Thanks for sharing.And welcome back. I have missed you!

  2. Lois it must have been so hard for you and the Colonel to have seen those beautiful towers on fire. I watched with horror from my living room tv. A family friend died that day but we didn't know it until his wife called to tell us a week later. His name was Bernie Favuzza. There was so much confusion and my heart was breaking watching the family members walking around with pictures of loved ones asking everyone they could if anyone saw them. We also have to remember the poor souls on each of the planes. Many thanks to the Colonel for his brave service to our country and to you as well. We pray for your family every day.

  3. A lovely post, Lois. I can't imgaine what it must have been like for folks like you who lived so close. I remember driving to work that mornning and hearing the first reports on the radio. It was a horrifying thing for all. Thanks to your Colonel and all service men and women, police officers and firemen for what they do to protect us daily.


  4. To grow up knowing the towers, and then to see their ruins must have been so surreal for you.

    May we never forget.

  5. I still have no words for that day only tears.

  6. Thank you for sharing Lois.
    How awful for all New Yorkers who lived it so close and personal.
    What a horrible tragedy and yet I fear some have begun to forget.
    My sincere gratitude goes out to all police, fire and military personnel (and their families of course!).
    Blessings to you, your Colonel and the kids! ((HUGS))

  7. Hi Lois,
    So good to see you post hon, and what a great post it is.
    It is a sad day for America as we remember the awful tradgedy of that
    day, but I am sure it is much much worse for those that lived it in person. Thanks for sharing your remembrance of it. I sure remember it well....hubby happened to be home that day, and a friend called to see if I had the tv on and I said No, and she told me what happened, so we quickly turned on the tv and much to our horror we
    saw the one one tower on fire and then we saw the 2nd tower get hit.
    Just unbelieveable and unimaginable. I always wondered how they could ever find anyone in all that rubble or clean up such a horrible mess as that! Truly miraculous I would say!!
    I am so grateful for all those in the military like your precious Phil, and policemen, paramedics, and firemen. How they put their lives on the line every day to serve the public. They truly are
    heros in my book.
    I am so glad Phil was able to come home to visit, just so sorry he had to go back, I know that must have been sooo hard to let him go again. Will continue to pray for you and the family and for him as
    he gets back into the grind again, and most importantly for his safety.
    Blessings to all of you hon, have missed you,

  8. This is an awesome post. I have only been to New York once and that was 6 weeks before 9/11 and I have never flown since. I haven't planned it that was, but my life changed so much in 9 years and all for the better! Thank you so much for sharing your memories. Blessings and thank you to you, your husband and to your family!

  9. yes, I will always have that image of the planes crashing into the towers in my mind as well as many others. When reviewing photos while drafting my post, I was surprised by the emotion I felt even after 9 years.

    I am so saddened that I was one of the only people in my neighborhood that flew a flag yesterday.

    I am always thankful for our military and to your husband!

  10. Thank you for sharing. We will never forget - I mean how could we?


  11. Images from that day still bring me to tears. I will never ever ever forget.

  12. well Lois, that was just too close for comfort nine years ago. thanks for this post. Again, I thank the Colonel and all the others who are serving or ever have served the public in any way for the benefit of the rest of us. So glad you had some time together, and you are in my prayers till he once again safely home.

  13. Love to you Lois! You are close to my heart gal! Praying for all that concerns you!!
    Big Hugs,

  14. I remember that day too. We lived in Los Angeles at the time and I remember them saying there were still some planes unaccounted for. I will never forget taking my daughter to gymnastics practice that afternoon and the streets of LA being practically empty of traffic because people were afraid to leave---no one knew where or if the next attack might be. I think that day changed us all.

  15. Wonderful tribute, Lois!
    I hope you are keeping busy and upbeat. I know it's a challenge. I pray for you when you come to mind. I hope the kids are doing well.
    About the Colonel? Is he doing well?
    Don't give up posting, ok? I enjoy everyone of them.