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Remembering that day

    • When: 9/11/19
    • QIC: Italian Job
    • The PAX: Ponytail, Blueprint, The Big Fundamental, Misfire, Cocktail, Italian Job

I had the privilege to share the Gloom with five others this morning as we discussed 9/11 and its impact on our lives. Here’s what we did:

The Thang

Lap around BTC building

  • 20 Merkins

Run to Comporium

  • 20 Merkins
  • 20 Squats

Run to the Social Security Office

  • 20 Merkins
  • 20 Squats
  • 20 LBCs

Run to entrance of BTC Park

  • 20 Merkins
  • 20 Squats
  • 20 LBCs
  • 20 American Hammers

Run to Trail

  • 20 Merkins
  • 20 Squats
  • 20 LBCs
  • 20 American Hammers
  • 20 MNCs

Return to COT (3 miles total)

NMM

At each stop, we discussed where we were on this day 18 years ago. And though it was 74 degrees and 90% humidity, I had goosebumps. We remembered the 2,977 people that were killed that day.

  • At the World Trade Center (WTC) site in Lower Manhattan, 2,753 people were killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 were intentionally crashed into the north and south towers, or as a result of the crashes.
  • Of those who perished during the initial attacks and the subsequent collapses of the towers, 343 were New York City firefighters, 23 were New York City police officers and 37 were officers at the Port Authority.
  • The victims ranged in age from two to 85 years. Approximately 75-80% of the victims were men.
  • At the Pentagon in Washington, 184 people were killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the building.
  • Near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, 40 passengers and crew members aboard United Airlines Flight 93 died when the plane crashed into a field. It is believed that the hijackers crashed the plane in that location, rather than their unknown target, after the passengers and crew attempted to retake control of the flight deck.
  • As of July 2019, 1,644 (60%) of 2,753 WTC victims’ remains have been positively identified, according to the medical examiner’s office.

There are so many things I remember about that day 18 years ago. I remember watching the second plane strike the tower. I remember how scared people were. I remember looking up and finding it eerie that no planes were in the sky. I remember calling home and telling my parents I loved them. But mostly, I remember how united we were. It was not uncommon to embrace a stranger. It didn’t matter their income status, their race, religion, or political leanings. For the days and weeks following the attack, we were united together under the stars and stripes of freedom.

This morning as I drove into work, I cried at the sight of men and women holding flags on each of the South Carolina overpasses. It took me back to September 12, 2001 – a time when we cared. We’ve gotten so used to living in our own bubbles – surrounding ourselves with those that look, think, and act like us. We no longer care for others. I miss September 12.I’m ashamed of what we have become. We are a fractured nation. If we continue this way, the enemy has won. So I implore you, be who this nation needs. Extend a hand to the downtrodden. Hug the brokenhearted. Feed and clothe the needy. But above all, love. My prayer is that we turn from our selfish ways and live as one nation under God, indivisible. Don’t let this foolishness continue. We are better than that. Show the world what it means to be American. Be the change you want to see in this world. It starts right now with you. What are you waiting for?

Italian Job

 

 

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