Tuesday, September 11, 2012

9/11 We will never forget

As we all reflect back on history today, it's important we pay tribute to the true heroes in our world. Real heroes are not Star Athletes or Musicians. True heroics are those who risk their lives to save others. Those who rush into a burning building while others are rushing out. Those who put the safety and lives of others above their own. I highly suggest you take a few hours to read through at least one of these books. It's important for us all to teach our children, to show them, how one nation can unite in one day. 

Three essays chronicling, considering, and contemplating September 11th, 2001:

"What I Saw That Day (9/11/01)" - An eyewitness account of midtown Manhattan on the day of the event, from an ordinary commute into the big City (and breakfast from a sidewalk street cart) to an ominous return home via the Hoboken ferry (the trains by then long shut down) during the very moments when World Trade Center 7 fell.

"The Come Back" - Which considers preparations to return to City life nearly a decade after leaving it in an attempt to cope with the devastation wrought--an attempt unrealized in more ways than one. But like a lover, Manhattan welcomes one back, embraces one and bestows on one the confidence to once again face life head on.

"I Still Love You Thought New York" - A full decade later, some peace with those terrible events is found, a new life begun, new hope realized. Sometimes it takes a while, but sometimes that's because it's about building a stronger foundation.


Included here is a selection of recordings of Federal Aviation Administration, Defense Department, and American Airlines communications from September 11, 2001. You will hear air traffic controllers, military aviation officers, airline and fighter jet pilots, as well as two of the hijackers, during two hours of that historic morning.
Transcripts and some of the recordings have been released previously, but not the complete "audio monograph", as it was described by the September 11 Commission. The recordings were originally intended to be part of the Commissions' 2004 report on the terrorist attacks, but were not ready in time for a legal review before the Commission finished its work. They have now been released in their entirety.


All Americans remember where they were on September 11, 2001. When the Pentagon was attacked on 9-11, 184 heroes as little as 10 feet away from author Dan Holdridge were killed. Holdridge relates every detail of the attack and his suspenseful escape, as well as the angel who rescued him from the Pentagon that day. He weaves the stories of colorful family members and a country childhood into the horrible events of 9-11. Although he writes that he can never again be the same person, he has devoted the rest of his life to telling the story of his 184 colleagues, and the cigarette and clipboard that saved his life. Dan Holdridge was a prayer away from death, and his tale is as heartwarming and tear-jerking as it is riveting.


September 11, 2001 is a day that will long be remembered in the United States of America. Tributes to those who died in the terrorist attack that day have sprung up like May flowers across the U.S. Unfortunately, it is impossible for the typical busy person to go out and see them all.

New Jersey 9/11 Memorials - A Photographic Guide Including the National Memorials brings the memorials of that attack directly to you in a beautiful book filled with color photographs of dozens of the New Jersey monuments as well as the national monuments.


The cowardly acts of September 11, 2001 destroyed buildings and killed close to 3,000 innocent people. Terrorism that day attacked a nation’s consciousness and changed the way of life for hundreds of millions Americans. While most September 11th books focus on a specific issue of the attacks, attempt to assign blame, or zero in on conspiracy theories, The 9/11 Project: A Journalist's Perspective instead touches upon a range of subjects and provides a wide historical account of the worst act of terrorism on American soil. In addition to the 9/11 strikes, the book covers the anthrax attacks, the invasion of Afghanistan, the death of Osama bin Laden, al-Qaida operatives, court cases, Guantánamo Bay, acts of terrorism against the United States, terrorist groups, rebuilding the World Trade Center, and the creation of the September 11th Memorial and Museum.

The 9/11 Project: A Journalist's Perspective is one of the most comprehensive pieces of literature documenting the events of the day, accounts leading up to September 11th, and subsequent stories thereafter. Donovan H. Myrie, a former news executive and university instructor, has spent ten years writing this book. His efforts in recounting various aspects of the attacks, the rebuilding process, insights, and the personal stories of the victims is nothing short of spectacular.


“A cigarette and a clipboard saved my life” begins Dan’s book, Surviving September 11th. Standing only ten feet from the blast of a commercial airliner crashing into the Pentagon, the author shares his personal experience on 9/11/01 to offer the wisdom necessary to navigate today’s troubling world. Surviving September 11th is a journey through surviving our nation’s worst tragedy while learning the beauty of life. Dan challenges his readers to appreciate the life they are living right now, and to appreciate the people around them for the contributions made. This book defies the status quo by claiming that real success is found by living in humility while giving gratitude.

Today 18.8 million people live depressed, terrified by the economy and desperately seeking external answers to “Why am I here?” As we allow others to define us, we fail to find ourselves. Surviving September 11th draws on the incredible power of gratitude and connects it between ourselves, and those we know, to help us manifest our purpose.

If you need a message of hope in this fast paced, anxiety driven culture, this book is calling your name. Surviving September 11th challenges readers to believe that they can live this life of gratitude because Dan has lived it in response to our generation’s Pearl Harbor.

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