From September 11 to Eternity

On December 7, 2001, Peggy Noonan wrote an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal with the title used for this post. It is behind a pay wall, but here it is.

She concludes:

Here in New York we call what happened on Sept. 11 the greatest and most successful rescue effort on American soil in all of U.S. history.

But there’s more rescuing to be done, and it’s from a thief called time, which robs memories of their vividness, and from the Dumpster, which is daily carting history away from Ground Zero and the Pentagon.

I wish I could hear my father talk about what it was like 60 years ago, on Dec. 7, 1941, when he was 15 and living in a little apartment near the old Brooklyn Navy Yard, and hearing the tough men who worked there react to Tojo’s deeds. He and his memories of those days are gone. I wish I’d asked him; wish he’d written it all down; wish someone had asked him to save what he thought and heard and witnessed and feared.

So get writing!

  • What is your most enduring memory of September 11, 2001?
  • Where were you when you heard about it?
  • How did you feel?
  • What did you do?
  • What crazy emails did you receive?
  • Did you know someone who died that day?
  • Do you know someone who had a close call?

Some day long from now when America is “old and gray and full of sleep” and “nodding by the fire,” it can “take down this book” of memories and slowly read about the hardy and inspiring country that got through that terrible day together, and the war that followed.

I pray that America – the “hardy and inspiring country that got through that terrible day together” – isn’t something just to be remembered as the “way it was”, and that patriotic Americans will prevail.  As Sharon said once, in answer to the question:

“How is it that Americans have such short memories?”

Americans don’t.

americans do.

Two entirely different groups.

Eagle and Twin Towers


This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to From September 11 to Eternity

  1. joshua says:

    we must never forget and never underestimate those that would do us harm merely because we choose to be free and self determined individuals.

    Liked by 4 people

  2. I thought a couple of years ago that my cousin, born when I was graduating high school, would only read about an event I lived through, and that felt so strange. (Being the Deplorable Christian Infidel that I am, I was also worried about what kind of pro-Muslim nonsense they would teach in conjunction. Can you tell I was thinking about this while 0 was president?)

    Maybe I should do some writing about it. I never thought about doing that. (Though given the length of time I’ve been journaling and the number of filled journals I have, some of the questions may have already been answered across ten or twelve different books.)

    Liked by 5 people

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.