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Sunday, September 11, 2016

15 years ago, I had 5 family members who would have been right at the Towers when the attacks occurred. My sister's husband had a leg injury so he took a cab that morning instead of the subway and the cab was stuck in traffic. He didn't get there. Their daughter was in school several blocks away. I don't remember why but they avoided the Towers that day. My brother missed his ferry to cross over from NJ. He was lined up for the next ferry when the first tower fell. My cousin and his wife, who both worked there, were on vacation that week. My family was protected from death and serious injury. Do you know where you were? I was in a Middle School, getting ready for the kids to arrive (2 hours difference). One of the teachers had a TV on. We were frozen! I couldn't reach any of my family for hours because the lines were all busy.

My heart goes out to all of those whose family, friends, loved ones were there in the midst, as well as all of the heroes who now suffer health consequences from being there. The death toll continues due to the health consequences of breathing the debris all those years ago, the PTSD for those who survived and feel guilty and so much more.

So today, let's than God for the freedom we have, for those who have gone before us to make our lives safer.
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  • ONEKIDSMOM
    Absolutely remember where I was, what I was doing, and what my son emerged from his basement lair to offer up when I got home from work: "Those people (meaning the victims) didn't do ANYTHING wrong. They were doing everything right. They just got up and went to work today."

    Five years later, he put on a uniform. I am thankful that for his part, he came home in one piece. But like you, my heart goes out to those who were not so fortunate.
    1392 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    Gone are the little flags that people hung from their car windows, trucks, homes.. That lasted about a year. Almost gone are the people who vote for keeping the country American.
    Now that famous song is only played one day a year.."Proud to be an American".
    People forget if they are not directly involved.
    Forgotten history tends to repeat itself...

    I am so happy for your family members. I do hope none of them have survivors guilt. If one has faith, it all makes sense. They were supposed to be here today.
    Thank you for sharing your family story.
    1392 days ago
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