The Bells will toll…

11 Sep

The Bells will toll and we’ll remember our tears, as we relive them.

Today marks the 9th anniversary of 9/11.

I’m not going to post pictures. We all remember what it looked like.

I’m not going to rage against the machine. It would dishonor the memories of those we loved whom are now lost to us.

So, I offer only this;

They will read the names… and we will remember. Many of us will never, can never forget.

Many will use this hallowed time to plot and scheme, to rant and rage,  and to spread “hate for hate’s sake”.

I don’t have to remind you that many among us have buried brothers, fathers, sons, mothers, sisters, and daughters. Many of us lost family and friends alike. Many of us will forever carry those scars.

While we sit quietly… reflecting on and respecting the memories of those who have fallen at the “hands of another”, let us not fall victim to further hate staged as part of achieving some “agenda”…

This isn’t about “politics”, or “religion”, or “human rights”. It’s about remembering those we lost. It’s about remembering those we loved who became victims to something terrible, something tragic…

Instead of thinking about a “misplaced mosque” or a nut/zealot Church leader(?) who threatened to burn Qurans to “teach the Muslims a lesson” (the lesson apparently being one of “hatred” and an act that hardly sounds “Christian” no matter how you wrap it)…

Let us focus on the love and the lives of the ones we miss. Let us reach out to those who still grieve. Some wounds are long to heal. Let us all find something honorable in all of this, despite the fact that we may be bathed in tears.

Robert, Chris, Emily, and Rikki… we think about you almost daily.

It there is any joy to be found in this, it’s in knowing that you’re all in a better place.

G-d bless you all.


3 Responses to “The Bells will toll…”

  1. David Cox September 11, 2010 at 9:12 am #

    Thank you.

  2. Steve Spence September 11, 2010 at 9:29 am #

    Thank you. This brought tears to my eyes.

  3. ted yrizarry September 11, 2010 at 9:39 am #

    First I hope you found peace through you reflection at Rosh Hashanan? Sorry I don’t know much more than how to spell that but I know you could use a little peace. We all could. I wanted to offer a little personal note I don’t often share if thats ok? If not feel free to erase my message or however that works and I am fine with that.

    During 9/11 I was on an operation in Bosnia. We were under radio silence which meant we had no communication with the rest of the world. Late on the night of 9/11 we witnessed a torrent of what is known as “celebratory fire”. That is essentually a blast of bullets fired by people (we’d call ’em rednecks in the states I think?) as a way of expressing some emotion. We had no idea what was going on or the cause for this outburst.
    It was two days later before we rolled back into base and found out about the attacks. Needless to say it was like a brick to the face. While most people remember the gazillion images permiating the news, I remember tracer rounds…thousands of them fired in excitement at our suffering back home.
    Here is the strange thing. While conventional emotion would lead one to wish to rail against the Muslim community, seek vengance and retribution…that would have been wrong and misplaced there and then. It turned out that those who had done the celebrating were mostly not, I say NOT the muslims there! It was another faction that had the hope that we Americans would use our military might to come down like the vengance of Zeus and strike the Muslim community from the area. The Muslims, mostly quiet and now in grave fear of just that..were terrified.
    So what am I getting at here…?
    We, as Americans living in the greatest nation on earth are subject to the whims of extremeists the world over.That is nothing new and there are a plethoria of reasons out there at any given moment. But I think it important to realize that a broad brush is a dangerous weapon when laden with hate.
    Does the events of 9/11 make me angry? Beyond repair or doubt. Does that make me wish to strike out at each and every Muslim the world over…NO!
    Every person that would call themselves an American lost something that day. Weather it was the far to high and unreplacable cost of human life…or just a sense of security and saftey…we all have a reason to grieve.
    But I would ask this. Let us all remember that there was human loss and weep. Let us all remember that all over the globe there are our fellow countrymen trying to do their very best to insure it doesn’t happen again. And let us all hope that one day, God willing…Any God you so choose to follow that is, that we can move along as a species in a manner of peace towards things far more impotant than making everyones else believe in one religion.

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