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Remembering 9/11 #NeverForget

    • When: 9/11/20
    • QIC: Ponytail
    • The PAX: JAG (R), Ripstick, Mongo, Van Wilder (R), Samurai (R), Ryder, Bull, Cocktail, Italian Job, Gold Plate (R), Moneybags (R), Toot Toot, Ponytail (R)

13 HIMS of the Rock Region gathered today at The Veteran on the 19th anniversary of the events on 9/11/01 to run, ruck and fellowship together.  JAG opened up the morning with a few comments on the significance of the day and how life changed for us all even if we didn’t know it at the time.  It is a day we should all never forget and at the same time an opportunity to come together and unite and remember the impact that day brought along with the significant loss of life.  A strong group of ruckers then headed out with American flags in tow and got after it.  The remaining PAX then circled up for a quick warm-up with some light stretching and YHC share that at 8:46am on 9/11 American Airlines flight 11 from Boston to LA struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center.  We then rolled out and headed to the back entrance of the hot box.  There YHC shared that at 9:03am United Airlines flight 175 from Boston to LA struck the South Tower of the World Trade Center.  Then we headed up the stairs and paused at the top and YHC shared that at 9:37am American Airlines flight 77 from Dulles, VA to LA struck the Pentagon.  Then we rolled across the top of the hot box and at the top of the stairs YHC shared that at 9:59am the South Tower of the World Trade Center collapsed in 10 seconds.  Next we headed down the stairs and paused at the bottom and YHC shared that at 10:03am United Airlines flight 93 from Newark, NJ to San Francisco crashed in a field in Shanksville, PA.  It is widely recognized that Todd Beamer with assistance from other passengers overtook the hijackers and thwarted the attack on an unknown target and saved numerous other lives.  Next we rolled back the side of the hot box for another pause and YHC shared that at 10:28am the South Tower of the World Trade Center collapsed.  The total elapsed time from the first events at 8:46am to 10:28 am took 102 minutes and all our lives changed.  YHC shared that a few thoughts on how these negative impacts were felt across the country & around the world but change must begin with us.  Our country came together after these events and for a while we banded together but today we are very divided.  But we must remember that change starts with us.  We need to control what we can control – our actions, our words, our attitudes and be the positive impact our country and the world so badly needs.  That was the route – up the stairs – across the top – down the stairs and back up.  The stairs are significant on this day because they represent so much.  To some it was a way out and that life would continue.  For others, going up them, carrying 40-60 lbs of equipment going up into the unknown ready to sacrifice their own lives and help in any way possible.

A few other facts & figures YHC shared with the group –

2,977 lives lost of which 343 were paramedics or firefighters, 23 were NYPD police officers and 37 were Port Authority officers.  1,402 lives were lost in Tower 1 and 614 lives lost in Tower 2.  658 employees were lost at one company – Cantor Fitzgerald.  The ratio of men to women was 3:1 with 80% of the total being main.  The largest demographic was men between the ages of 35-39.  1,717 families to this day have not had their loved ones remains identified.  1,609 lost a spouse or significant other.  3,051 children lost a parent.  It is estimated that 20% of all Americans know someone killed or injured.  Only 60% of the lives lost have been positively ID’d.  Victims ranged from age 2-85

Our route was simple and I don’t even know how many trips we made but we covered about 2.5 miles up and down along the way and shared many memories about where we were on that fateful day.  Ripstick wasn’t even born yet, Ryder was in middle school, IJ was in college, others were at work or school

Time was running short so we headed back to the Fountain and YHC closed with the following verse from Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8

A Time for Everything

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

We don’t always know the reasons why things like 9/11 happen but we must trust and have faith that God has a plan and that he always has us exactly where he wants us

We closed out the morning with a few announcements and prayers & praises.  YHC closed out the morning in prayer

Thanks Cocktail for the opportunity to lead today – as always it’s an honor & a privilege.

Be the positive impact in someone’s life today –

Ponytail out –

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