Thursday, September 11, 2008

We will never forget

September 11, 2001

2,996 people lost their lives on this day in the year 2001.





New York City,New York


Somerset County, Pennsylvania


Washington, DC









This day changed our world forever.
Living in fear has all new meaning, as a result of these terror attacks.
We are America, we overcome!

My oldest son was in the United States Air Force. He had enlisted immediately after his high school graduation. July 26, 1999 he departed for Lackland AFB for Basic Military Training. On September 11, 2001... trying to reach him, to speak with my son, was my strongest desire of the day. His strongest desire for the day, "Momma, I'm packed and ready to go!" Truly, a "vegetable soup of emotion" day. Pride, fear, anxiety, love....lots and lots of love.

Each and every American now has a memory of where they were, what they were doing and how they got through those horrible hours, days, weeks and years following this tragedy.

May Almighty God bless the souls lost on September 11, 2001.
May Almighty God bless the families left behind.
May Almighty God bless our leaders.
May Almighty God bless each and everyone of us living a post 9/11 life.

"Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)"

Where were you when the world stopped turning that September day
Out in the yard with your wife and children
Working on some stage in LA
Did you stand there in shock at the site of
That black smoke rising against that blue sky
Did you shout out in anger
In fear for your neighbor
Or did you just sit down and cry

Did you weep for the children
Who lost their dear loved ones
And pray for the ones who don't know
Did you rejoice for the people who walked from the rubble
And sob for the ones left below

Did you burst out in pride
For the red white and blue
The heroes who died just doing what they do
Did you look up to heaven for some kind of answer
And look at yourself to what really matters

I'm just a singer of simple songs
I'm not a real political man
I watch CNN but I'm not sure I can tell you
The difference in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith hope and love are some good things he gave us
And the greatest is love

Where were you when the world stopped turning that September day
Teaching a class full of innocent children
Driving down some cold interstate
Did you feel guilty cause you're a survivor
In a crowded room did you feel alone
Did you call up your mother and tell her you love her
Did you dust off that bible at home
Did you open your eyes and hope it never happened
Close your eyes and not go to sleep
Did you notice the sunset the first time in ages
Speak with some stranger on the street
Did you lay down at night and think of tomorrow
Go out and buy you a gun
Did you turn off that violent old movie you're watching
And turn on "I Love Lucy" reruns
Did you go to a church and hold hands with some stranger
Stand in line and give your own blood
Did you just stay home and cling tight to your family
Thank God you had somebody to love

I'm just a singer of simple songs
I'm not a real political man
I watch CNN but I'm not sure I can tell you
The difference in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith hope and love are some good things he gave us
And the greatest is love

I'm just a singer of simple songs
I'm not a real political man
I watch CNN but I'm not sure I can tell you
The difference in Iraq and Iran
But I know Jesus and I talk to God
And I remember this from when I was young
Faith hope and love are some good things he gave us
And the greatest is love

The greatest is love
The greatest is love

Where were you when the world stopped turning that September day
~Alan Jackson

13 comments:

Jessica said...

Touching post. Thank you.

Alice said...

I put the lyrics to Alan Jackson's song on my blog last year. The song still rings true today - 7 years later.

Thank you for this post. And thank you for raising strong men who serve our coutry. We are so grateful.

AirmanMom said...

jessica...thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

AirmanMom said...

alice...I thank you for the kind words.

Real Live Lesbian said...

What a wonderful song. He said it so well. Thanks for posting it.

AirmanMom said...

real...thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. the song is a poem of sorts... and a reminder!

Kimmy said...

Your post brought tears to my eyes as I remembered that dreadful day. Thank you for the reminder of all who are serving and have served. I am forever grateful.

Kimmy

AirmanMom said...

kimmy...thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. We must never forget!

Kellan said...

What a touching post! I do love that song! God bless your son and all the soldiers and all of our armed forces.

Have a good Friday - Kellan

AirmanMom said...

kellan...my best to you as well. I truly enjoyed visiting your blog...

liberal army wife said...

That song was such a healing song, such a song of hope and love and strength. No kicking anyone, no vengeance and hate. Alan Jackson should be and is, incredibly proud of that one. Thanks for reminding me of that simple beauty, that made all of us cry and start to heal.

I love the Soldier mother creed you have on the blog. Can I use it on Parentszone.org. We are a site for information for PARENTS of serving military. I'd be honoured to have you pop over and let me know how you think we are doing, or writing a post for us.

Thanks again for the song.

LAW

AirmanMom said...

LAW...First of all thank you so much for stopping by! Your words are deeply appreciated. Please use anything on my site you find helpful...we are all in this together! I have visited your site numerous times, you are listed on my list of supportive sites to see. I would be honored to write a post for you. My constant prayers are with all of our airman, soldiers, sailors and marines..not to mention the families who love, support and ache for them while they serve our grand nation!

Donna said...

God bless you for your post! God bless your brave son! God bless the USA!

A friend's sister-in-law was killed at the Pentagon. I was at work that day, and knew immediately that we were under attack. We must never, ever forget!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I love yours and will be visiting again!