I Have a Gripe

September 11, 2010

My Thoughts Today on 9/11

Filed under: New Jersey,New York,Security,Terrorism — alvb1227 @ 1:43 pm
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Today is not about two so-called men of God as many may have you think. Today is about the scar on our great country that will never really heal. Today is about remembering those who lost their lives, those who worked to save so  many and those who have been left behind without parents, children, siblings, spouses and friends.

As I write this, I  am listening to the reading of the names. To everyone now, whether they know someone lost on the day or not, they are more than just names. They are the first lost in the war against terror and those who want to destroy the freedoms we enjoy here in the United States of America.

Years before, there was an attempt on the World Trade Center. On that day in 1993, I was preparing to attend a bridal shower. We had no idea that this event was the beginning of a war against us and our way of life.

I have an interesting story I want to share about the World Trade Center. In the late 1990’s, I went for a job interview at what I grew up calling The Twin Towers. I was told to get there early so I would have time to go through security. That was the only time I was ever there. I immediately fell in love with the grandeur of the buildings and knew it would be great to work there.  During the interview, the gentleman I was meeting with made a point of telling me the job would be located in the building. That there were some individuals who were uncomfortable with that after the 1993 bombing. My quote to him was “I would love to work here and I am not afraid. Lightning doesn’t strike twice.” How wrong I was.

As I watched those buildings burn that day, I thought about the man I met with. I never heard back and didn’t get the job. I don’t remember the name of the company or even which building the job was in. But I remember him and wonder if he still worked there. If he made it out. If he was OK.

Like many, I remember every minute of that day. I remember leaving work and going to the school where my high school friend’s mother worked. Her husband worked in the World Trade Center Complex. I remember her holding a paper plate with a number scribbled on it where he would be that day. That look on her face I can’t describe. The school principal and I tried to get her to leave and come home with me, but she wouldn’t. Thankfully, her husband, who I always called Papa, was OK.

I think Mayor Giuliani said it best this morning. He remembers many terrible moments that took place nine years ago today. But he also remembers many great acts of caring and kindness that took place, both on that day and on the days after.

As I do every year, I pray today for all those who lost their lives, those who were directly affected and all of us as a nation. God Bless the United States of America.



  1. This is such a clean, well-written piece. Thank you for providing such a unique story, and therefore different perspective on the horrific day.

    Again, this is a wonderful article. So genuine.

    T.J. McCormack
    Radio Host, Conservative Commentator

    Comment by T.J. McCormack — September 11, 2010 @ 3:13 pm | Reply

  2. thank you for sharing your thoughts, feelings, and a glimpse into a personal story…This shouldn’t be kept a sad day, but a day of remembrance, and a day to remember what we have learned…that day, as a Nation, I think, we learned to set aside all of the diferent predjudices and love our brothers and sisters, no matter what their ‘identity’ is. It is a memory that makes me proud to say I am an American! ….not because of all of the death and destruction, but for a while, we all truely cared.

    Fond Wishes,

    Comment by Jamie — September 12, 2010 @ 2:22 am | Reply

  3. Words cannot express what those words have made me feel. Every year, I watch the history channel so I can remember all those mixed emotions. Thank you to all of those people who help to keep our freedom and who help in serrving others. I pray that our country will regain the patriotism that I saw nine years ago. My children are two and four. I hope to show them this as they get older. I want them to know what sacrifice is about and I want them to appreciate what God has given us. May peace go to all of those who have been touched by this event.

    Comment by Melissa Gantz — September 12, 2010 @ 2:32 am | Reply

  4. Thank you for sharing your experience in perfect words. It is always hard to feel what it was like because I was in Illinois when this happened and viewing the horror o a TV screen. Your description of your friend’s mothers face brings a reality that makes the miles seem like just a few blocks. God Bless The United States of America.

    Comment by Dee Cousar Georgou — September 12, 2010 @ 2:56 am | Reply

  5. I want to thank you all for your kind words about my post today. Like everyone, there are many memories that go through my mind. I remember driving home from work to see my friend’s mother on Rt. 280 and smelling the smoke and fire for the first time. I remember my friend’s from all over the country calling me to check on me, my family and my friends. I remember going to Apollo on Rt. 46 and standing in line for an hour to buy desktop-sized American flags for everyone in my department.

    Mayor Giuliani really said it best. It was the worst day in our country and the best day in our country. Regardless of where you live, I’m sure everyone has a story.

    Comment by alvb1227 — September 12, 2010 @ 4:19 pm | Reply

  6. I haven’t read this yet, but I am looking forward to it and I just wanted to tell you I liked having you in stratbratchat while i was on tj. YOu are fun and really smart. Tracy

    Comment by Tracy Davis — September 14, 2010 @ 7:11 am | Reply

  7. and i really need your help if you do things like this thought I read that you did — (you may have been kiddingg) on my loser, dead website@

    Comment by Tracy Davis — September 14, 2010 @ 7:12 am | Reply

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