Remembering 9/11 

I was just 11 years old when the WTC fell that symbolic day in 2001.

I remember exactly where I lived, what I was doing, what I was wearing. Heck, I even remember the color of our carpet.

It was beige. And I cringed thinking it would stain horribly when I saw my mom drop her coffee cup on the floor from where she was standing by the couch. 

I had been sitting a few feet from the TV with our new kitten, Sylvester, and my mother was watching the devestating news developing out of the US. She immediately went and called one of her co-workers and started chatting away about it on the phone. She was sad, and I just felt confused.

I was 11 — I didn’t even really think I knew what was happening! What will resonate with me forever, though, is when I heard the reporters talking about how a bunch of people were throwing themselves out of a building to avoid burning to death. I remember them saying that they would have heart attacks before they even hit the ground.

That night I had terrible nightmares.

Even if I didn’t understand it fully, a deep place in my mind sure did, and I had dreams of fire and burning.

All this fire, just blazing and smoking — Nothing else. 

I woke up scared and breathless and ran to my mom’s room, where she was sitting awake listening to a priest pray on the radio. She told me to come into the bed and listen, thinking maybe it would help. I fell asleep there, listening, and the nightmare didn’t come back.

I think we all remember where we were when the towers fell, and reminiscing on it brings sorrow to my heart. So many lives lost, yet so great of a misinterpreted legacy.

We must cherish the memory of the feelings that came with first hearing of 9/11, because they are ones we would feel all the time without the dedicated service of both our men and women in uniform, and the first responders that protect our communities every day.

The pictures above show people contemplating jumping out of the towers.

Human beings knowing their lives were over, but just trying to figure out how they wanted to die.

We’ll never forget you.

The Navy Seal that killed Osama Bin Laden… his reaction before shooting and killing him…

" He look confused. And way taller than I was expecting,” the shooter told Esquire. “For me, it was a snapshot of a target ID, definitely him. Even in our kill houses where we train, there are targets with his face on them. This was repetition and muscle memory. That’s him, boom, done.”

Know Your History

Ronald Reagan hosted the Taliban, the Islamic mujahideen, IN the White House in 1985. The Soviets at that time occupied Afghanistan.

Under Reagan, the CIA armed, financed & trained Osama Bin Laden and others to counter the Soviet influence then in the region.

Most Americans still do not realize (or remember) that the CIA supported & trained Osama Bin Laden & the mujahideen. They are, in part, an enemy of our own making.

Ronald Reagan said of the Taliban at the time (and I quote): "These gentlemen are the moral equivalent of America’s founding fathers."

People need to remember/learn what really happened in the 1980s and stop believing the mythology.

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NEVER FORGET - Mega64 Podcast 178 - Reaction to Osama’s Deathhttp://youtu.be/G39ia1v2K2g