Friday, September 11, 2015

September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance #911Day

Honoring Our First Responders and Our Military

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I want to take a brief moment to say how much I honor our real-life heroes. To all the men and women in uniform, whether it be fire department, policemen, EMT's or my brothers and sisters in the military. Thank you for all you do!

Today we remember the 2,977 innocent lives lost 14 years ago. They teach about this day in history in school, as my daughter came home yesterday saying she's going to wear all black for the "Day of Mourning". She's 10. :) I told her it wasn't just a "Day of Mourning" but also a day full of hope and honor to those who serve our great country.

I've spent some time looking up service opportunities today. Here are some websites that can help you find a place to volunteer today.

9/11 Day ~ Search for  opportunities

American Red Cross ~ Find a Blood Drive

National Anthem Sing Along ~ O Say You Can Sing, Today at 12:00 p.m. CST ~ Search 9/11 to find local opportunies

Use the hashtag #911Day to locate volunteer opportunities and share your good deed on social media.


Observe a moment of silence. 

  1. The first official moment of silence occurs at 8:46 a.m. EST, when the first plane struck the World Trade Center.

  2. A second moment of silence is often held at 9:03 a.m. EST, when a second plane hit the World Trade Center.

  3. A third moment of silence at 9:43 a.m. EST, when a plane struck the United States Pentagon.

  4. A fourth moment of silence at 10:10 a.m. EST, when Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

  5. Some groups also observe special moments when each of the World Trade Centers collapsed, at approximately 9:59 a.m. EST (South Tower), and 10:28 a.m. EST (North Tower)

(as found on Habitat for Humanity)

I'll Leave you with this video.

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I'm sorry, I had a bit more to say. I joined the army straight out of high school. I didn't make it through basic training. I wasn't emotionally ready.[br]
As I watched the second tower hit that day, it reaffirmed my resolve to serve. I rejoined in December 01 and went to basic in February 02. I spent my 21st birthday with my fellow recruits. I only served 4 years active and 1 year National Guard but I was honored to do so. The past 14 years of my life have been surrounded by some damn fine men and women.

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I remember listening to this while we were cleaning gear one day. A fellow recruit asked to change the station, because she "didn't like country music".  I looked at her and said " listen to the words and show some respect".  14 year and I listen to this every year on this day.
Oh and this one too :)
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