Our friends extend around the world and back again, one enormous circle of light and life and hope!
No doubt this one will be a day to be remembered for years to come. I can well imagine that no further tall buildings will be constructed again in the USA on this scale, and there will be a policy to build underground to avoid similar events in future. I guess the site of the twin towers will become a memorial park once it has all been cleared.
All flights have been stopped nationally and internationally
for 48 hours. All the major buildings in London were evacuated this
afternoon once the news broke - no doubt elsewhere in Europe as well.
Dear Ann Grogan,
Let them live their lives as they want to, but let us not have pity on those that do not deserve our pity and if there are people around that do have sympathy towards them, give them the freedom to go to those countries, but don't let them come back!
I mourn with you and do feel a great sympathy with the American population
where also I have a lot of friends and relatives.
Keep strong, be prepared for the worst because what we have seen on the 11th
of September might be only the beginning. many terrorists might have gotten
ideas with this attack, so do not aid these people at all.
Receive my condolence for the innocent victims of th USA.
The luncheon was cancelled. It will be rescheduled. We all agree that today's events emphasize how important it is to understand other cultures, to be able to communicate with compassion and empathy, and to resolve differences in a productive way.
Also, after completing my run this morning and watching people play quietly with their dogs on Crissy Field, I'm convinced that we keep dogs to remind ourselves that human beings are truly loveable.
All the best to you, Ann. God's peace and blessings.
Sure, every year you think past the years gone by and you 'feel a little older' but rarely, does it stare me in the face, they way it has today...especially because I got off an airplane, that malfunctuned, midnight...last night.
Now before anyone rushes to save me from depression. I'm not depressed.
Just saddened by the senselessness of it all. I'm not 'taking it personally'.
But the real reason I'm writing is this is because as I sit here, realizing how easy it might have been my death in the plane, or a friend's in the World Trade Center.. Knowing there are people who I care about out there, who I might never get to say good bye to, or let them know that they mean (and have ment) something to me.
I just want this moment to get sappy, and let y'all know that my life would be different, if I'd never known, or if I lost anyone. So here is a hug for y'all. If this were a chain, with a sappy little poem, I'd say send it out to the people who're important to you, but instead, tell them in a more personal way...because life if precious, fleeting...and too short to hold a grudge.
Firstly, I would like to deeply sympathize with all of the people in America in your grief.
As you say,we must recover and undertake rational measures, to diffuse this looming threat. Bin Laden and associates must be limited. Planes should be secretly fitted with tamper proof remote control pilot overrides, so that when tracking radar recognizes any significant course deviation, the device is activated and aircraft controlled.
Dear Ann and all others,
May the One who creates all life be with us tonight. My heart and prayers are with each of you. Our tears will become rivers of life for the memories we cherish of each light that has perished.
Many people I know in Australia have been saddened and shocked by the tragic news. I will join you in a minute silence for a future of love, hope and peace.
Thanks once again for the email,
Thank you for your email. This is just terrible. I'm deeply sorry about this. But I'm very glad to hear you are O.K. I just can't believe this is real.
Here in Japan, too, this news was broadcast live. It was night, at 10 pm. Every TV channel changed to urgent news programs. I felt as if I saw the Hollywood movies.
Today I heard more bad news. A Japanese man got on a plane which was going to SF and went down in Pittsburgh. He is also twenty years old, and lived in Osaka. Now he is a university student in Tokyo, but he went to the same high school as one of my friends did. So maybe they were friends. This event brought great sorrow not only to a U.S. citizen, but also to people all over the world.
I hope that you and people around you will get over the shock of this tragedy soon and that such terrible terrorism will never happen again in the future.
Ann, Thanks for your mail. I love America, and I am in shock! We have watched this catastrophe live on CNN. I can't work, we are all in shock. My heartfelt condolences for all persons concerned and their sacrifice.
News coverage has taken over the usual television shows so we don't feel so far away.
I love diversity of culture and look for the good in others. What a pity others don't love peace. Now we are poisoned by groups of people who have no respect of this present world. My heart goes out from Australia in sadness and I am just one of the so many that sends our love to America.
I personally saw it on CNN on my PC at work, when the first tower was hurt
and it was thought that it was an accident because of navigation default.
But then the second aircraft hit the second tower and the whole disaster got
obvious. All in our office, among all hierarchies, were paralized and
watched the CNN news. We didn't make any orders since Tuesday afternoon and
European financial markets are running at very low volumes because no one
wants to take advantage of the situation. Also many of us do not know
whether some colleages or business friends were affected or not. We in
particular were skiing in Switzerland in January with some people from a US
broker, named SG Cowen, of which some colleages from the NY trading desk
were with us and we don't know yet what happened to them.
I hope you feel a little bit more safe and secure now as the situation is
calming down a little bit. Let's hope that such an assault will not happen
anymore and that the people responsible for it will get caught and punished.
Ann, You have every right to grieve in your own way, and
as I wrote last Tuesday, or Wednesday, the letter you placed on your Web
was worthy of praise. I'm sure your Web friends and others who read it
were reassured that life is worth living and we will go on. We need to
know there are others who have faith in our grief. We were "left behind"
with a job to do. Precious time! Now, how will we use it? We can do little
for those in New York, but much has to be done in our own neighborhood.
Every kind word or deed to mankind will help. Such a little thing, but
means so much! Love you dearly,
Ann, Just a brief note to say I'm thinking about you and hoping that you are
safe and well.
As I watched the names of the victims go scrolling by at the bottom of the tv, I said a silent prayer for all the innocent lives that were lost, but especially for the children.
I can't imagine the fear that they felt, and their mother not able to explain to them what was happening. As a mother I had to explain to my children what they were seeing and the realization in their eyes that the explosion and the destruction meant that people were dead or buried alive. They watched with a blank horror. The only questions that they asked were "Why Mommy? Why did someone make them die?" I wish there was a logical answer, but there is not. I wish there was a valid reason, but there is not. The answer that I could give them was, "Some really brain sick people wanted to make a very powerful impact on the American people. They wanted to hurt us in hopes of quieting our voices and bring us to our knees. They wanted to try to manipulate us to do what they wanted us to do." That may not have been the appropriate answer, but it was the best way for them to understand.
As the days pass, we will get some answers, but who is to say that they are the ones that we want or need to hear. We are a strong nation, we are strong people, and we are survivors to the bitter end.
We got through tough times before and we rebuild and moved forward we learned our lessons and never make the same mistakes twice. Through every tragedy we see triumph. We call our victims HEROES, for they unknowingly lost their live to save someone else's. The passengers of the flight that crashed outside of Pittsburgh fought the hijackers to the tragic end. They gave their lives.
As time goes on and we start rebuilding our lives, every year on Sept. 11 we
will always remember the attack on the American Nation. Some people will
mourn, some will celebrate, but I for one will give THANKS! I will be able
to remind my children and their children of how our Nation came together in a
tragedy to support, pray and help one another.
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