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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Never Forget

...this is a re-posting of something I wrote several years ago...
Ten years...to those who are feeling the pain of the attacks of September 11th...you are in my thoughts...












...all gave some and some gave all...
...we are here and many are not...

Never Forget the patriot angels
and to count your blessings
I remember the pain and the fear
in my hometown and around the world that day. We huddled in silence for news, we waited for a call, if one could get through.
We had no news within the City...radio and tv transmissions stopped when the the second plane crashed. My sister-in-law Joanne had called when the first plane struck...and then screamed as she watched another hit and my tv went dead...a dull realization...this was an attack, the first plane was not an accident...Where were my husband, my brother, my niece, my friends?
time passes
I am ever thankful for my many blessings
and the beauty around me in this sweet land of liberty.
I am forever grateful that...my brother, a FDNY Captain was safe, that Ro got out of her building, that Thea was carried out of the subway...
that more didn't perish.
time passes
...and I continue to ask for peace for the families and loved ones of the FDNY and the NYPD....for the families and loved ones of my husband's colleagues at Cantor,
for my friend Jane who lost her husband,
and for those from New York City, those here in Warwick and beyond
who miss those they loved.
I still carry my World Trade Center ID. I had worked there so often when I was at the Brooklyn Chamber. I will never forget and,
I remain, humbled in gratitude for my freedom.

I still carry my World Trade Center ID. I had worked there so often when I was at the Brooklyn Chamber. I will never forget and, I remain, humbled in gratitude to the many who have given so much for my freedom.
xxoo Jen O'Connor

12 comments:

jennifer lanne said...

Beautifully put...

Gillian said...

I really have no words except to say my thoughts are with you and your country on this day. Peace be with you.

Lori said...

Jen, this post brings out so many emotions...anger, sadness, but most of all thankfulness that i live in this wonderful country...my son visited the memorial in Pennsylvania three years ago on a school field trip and when i saw the pictures of him there on line, i was just so overwhelmed with sadness but also fiercely proud of the people who were on that flight and fought back, true heroes all!

Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm said...

Wonderful post! I am so grateful to live in such a an amazing country. Thank you so much for leaving a comment on my blog! You are soo sweet! I love your blog and your website! Hugs! Britt :-)

dawn said...

Your post was so, so moving. That day will always remembered - all of the heores, the victims and the ones that they left behind...

Diane Duda said...

Thanks, Jen...for this touching and thoughtful post.

KSedlak said...

Dearest Jen,
A beautiful memorial for those who are gone, but never forgotten.
GOD BLESS AMERICA.

Kathrine said...

Jen,

Such a moving post. God Bless our country, all that were involved & touched by this act of terrorism. My heart aches and I will not forget such bravery and how we pulled together as a nation.

We cannot forget.

Debbie Baumann said...

Beautiful words from a beautiful person. It was good to reflect on our many, many blessings. Thank you.

FrostingsNSparkles said...

That was beautiful, Jen. I remember being terrified, and watching in horror when the second plane hit. I can't imagine what it was like to actually be in New York or DC on that day

Sugah Beez said...

So beautiful Jen. My husband was flying in a plane headed out to a business trip when the first plane crashed. My memories from that day still seem so fresh in my heart - how things could have ended so much differently. Blessings and peace to all the families and everyday heros affected by that tragic day.

Thea said...

Jen, you so eloquently capture the emotions of the day and its aftermath. What you wrote touched me deeply. Love, Thea

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