A Brief Pause to Remember

11 09 2010

Today I want to take a breather from my own little world, and take a moment to remember the lives lost, and lives changed by the horrific acts of 9.11.01. It’s been 9 years since we (and this is the global we) have had our lives irreparably altered by the actions of fanatics, and I believe that we must continue to honor, and remember…

Thick plumes of smoke and debris envelop the World Trade Center after the first tower collapses. (photo courtesy of Detective Greg Semendinger/NYC Police Aviation Unit)

We should remember….

  • 2,753 men, women and children died at the World Trade Center
  • 184 people died at Arlington (the Pentagon)
  • 40 people died in Shanksville Pennsylvania.. courageous passengers on Flight 93 who’s actions prevented the deaths of numerous other
  • A total of 2977 victims died…. and all of us were affected

Firefighters at Ground Zero in New York (courtesy of photojournalist James Nachtwey - Time website)

Of the victims, 55 were military, the rest were civilians. They were from all walks of life, and 90 different countries and different faiths  – terrorists do not discriminate. 411 emergency workers died responding: firefighters, police, port authority, EMS… today we remember the people who gave hope, who gave comfort, and who gave their lives.

Tomorrow, I will go back to enjoying my little world, but today, I remember.