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    I posted this a few years back. My kids are grown and out on their own now. But they understand. Don’t ever forget.

    Originally Posted by 69Falcon View Post
    Yesterday morning my kids asked why I was being so quiet. They were 6 and 7 years old and living in Brazil when it happened, so it didn't affect them as deeply. But each year we talk about the impact it had/has on the lives of people they know. Education for the children so that they don't forget.
    Flock of Hawks | '13 Tacoma | '69 Falcon (currently getting reassembled!)
    I've spent most of my money on women, beer, cars and motorcycles. The rest of it I just wasted.

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    Remember where you were....how you felt.

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        #4
        Originally Posted by behindthetimes View Post
        Remember where you were....how you felt.
        Sept 11, 2001,
        I was in the Air Force, Sheppard AFB in Wichita falls Texas. At tech training for 4 months. Woke up from a nap to be told we where under attack. We where not allowed to leave the dorms for a few days. Not allowed off base or to go to training for a week.


        Then ten years later, Sept. 11th, 2011 happened and this day quickly changed its meaning to me. I was at rice-o-rama with Drew, Kat, Wes, Ted and Dmitry. I got the phone call to get to the hospital, fast.

        Went from one of the worst days ever for America to the worst day ever for me personally.

        I hate this day.
        Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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          #5
          Not looking forward to seeing what Sept 11 2021 brings. Especially the way Kristen is doing.
          Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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              #7
              Just some free-flow of thought of things that freight train through my mind on this day. Sorry for the poor grammatical butchery in advance.

              I’m glad I’m off from work today. Recent years have been more than a disappointment. Most Millennials and armchair history revisionists will never grasp it, but we continue to fight so they can have the right to erode our Union.

              I'm actually off, starting a 3-day swing. I was inside the North Tower as it happened. I’ll save you the blow-by-blow...it’s tired.

              I sleep soundly at night. No Ambien or pharmaceutical intervention in my life. Rarely drink...but I can enjoy a beverage when social circumstances call for it. May be boring to some but I’m happy unaltered.

              No lasting PTSD, but memories of this anniversary are multi-sensory, and less-so visual. Some of them continue to be ironic to me... Just lucky not to be on the wall that bears so many of my coworkers names...but there is still time yet. I have my annual WTC-9/11 health screening scheduled for next week and I’ve been dodging the bullets so far...can’t explain why I have when others, who were less fortunate down the line, have not.

              The Department is full of people too young to remember this event. They really don't care about it, it’s as relevant as Pearl Harbor was to our generations born after. Last year, my young supervisors chose to “forget” the remembrance and not mark the event...a quick call to a Chief’s personal cellphone fixed that oversight in a blink. Within 10 min they couldn’t correct that lapse fast enough. I'd rather not remember with them this year.

              Someone asked me “Do I tune in the TV for the name readings?”

              Not really.

              I tuned in momentary for the bell ringings, when my watch told me to. I know too many of the names being read who perished in those moments. I can put a face...a personality...a laugh to many of them. I was a young Cop back then and most of these men held jobs in the Department I aspired to, and in my eyes, were larger than life.

              Well-intentioned greeting card comments and gratuitous “thank you for your service” comments sometimes ring as hollow words.

              In the years since that dynamic moment, the body count has mounted and its lasting effects continue to be felt.

              241 NYPD Officers have already died in the wake of 9/11 due to related illnesses.

              Currently over 500 NYPD Cops, retired and some remaining active are currently diagnosed with 9/11-related cancers and related respiratory compromise.

              FDNY has they own statistics:

              202 FDNY Firefighters have died in the times since 9/11...I don’t know how many emerging victims wait in the wings.

              I continue to get angry when I remember on this day. Sometimes that’s a good thing. I don’t want to be ok about it. I don’t have to forgive. I’m ok with that ray of sociopathic sunlight in my heart. Keeps the attention of why we fight in focus.

              Gives work purpose...anti-burnout material. One reason why I'm still in the fight when I could have exited 4 years ago....as critics are always quick to tell me.

              Don't expect others to understand. I'm not always politically correct...



              ...thats your problem to deal with.



              -P.
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                #8
                Pete, I hear you. In the 18 years since, my life has changed dramatically, in many ways as a result of 9/11 either directly or indirectly. If not for 9/11, would I have had my mid-life crisis in '02 and started riding, ultimately leading me here to my Hawk family? Dunno. But the aftermath also took a toll on the relationship I was in, which led me down the path to my future wife and kids. 9/11 reshaped my life in ways I didn't realize at the time, and I'm still feeling those effects. Like a pebble thrown into a pond, the ripple effects are far reaching.
                Flock of Hawks | '13 Tacoma | '69 Falcon (currently getting reassembled!)
                I've spent most of my money on women, beer, cars and motorcycles. The rest of it I just wasted.

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                  #9
                  It's a rare event that has pre- and post- delineation in our history.An event that changes to world as you see it.I remember reading about the fall of the Iron Curtain...and the writer
                  prophetically said......:" But,here comes Allah." He was right.Even scarier.....China...
                  We live in "Interesting Times".

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                    #10
                    On Sunday I heard a pretty good roar, went outside and saw F15's overhead circling.
                    Last time that happened was back in '01
                    Turns out they were in holding pattern for US Tennis Open fly over.
                    Still hard to forget the day they were the only planes in the sky here in South Western Connecticut.
                    It was a strange feeling.

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                      #11
                      Pearl Harbor was an event that changed the course of a nation and would become a pivotal moment in world history...but beyond the seminal historical impact, the event looses its sense of magnitude on a community, and a nation, as a whole. The first person witnesses will gradually diminish and fade away. It’s just the way of things...but as the cliche says, how soon we forget.

                      I’ve responded to a bunch of natural disasters...Katrina, Sandy, Harvey, Matthew, and Maria (Puerto Rico, Haiti, and DR) and earthquakes in Haiti and Mexico...All a force of nature. 9/11 is different.

                      There will always be another Pearl Harbor around the corner. 9/11 was the first one of my generation.

                      Next time might be your turn to sit inside the OODA Loop.

                      -P.
                      I need a bigger garage.

                      It's a dirty job but someone's got to do it.

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                        #12
                        I was retired AF working for the CIA stationed at the NRO in N. VA, we were dismissed once the Pentagon was hit. I went to get the children and took them home and watched the events unfold. It took us a while, but we got the SOB who hatched the idea...

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                          #13
                          our intel services were sleeping and should have been more aware, leads not followed up. read the official 9-11 report, anything related to Saudi responsibility was censored.

                          a great book on the subject is "The Looming Tower, Al-Qaeda and the road to 9/11" by Lawrence Wright.
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