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Tenth Anniversary of 9/11: Remember This Day

“A second plane has hit the World Trade Center”, was the announcement on the radio early in the morning on the West Coast. Awakened to a horror that millions were witness to—soon capturing the attention of billions around the world. None of it seemed real. And then the buildings came down.

The first plane to hit WTC was American Airlines Flight 11, which on September 11th, smashed into the North Tower instantly killing all on board and fatally trapping 1,344 people.

Only a day before 9/11, a friend of mine, singer-songwriter Lea Longo, had travelled on the same AA flight path as Flight 11—Boston to LA—and was shocked when she heard the news about which planes had been hijacked and diverted.

We wrote a song called “Remember This Day” and performed it on several cable channels in Southern California in the aftermath of 9/11. You can listen to it by clicking on the video link here, or watch the embedded video on this page.


“Remember This Day”

 
I didn’t believe that it was true
Couldn’t believe that no one knew
What the future of our lives could ever be...


Like a picture from a movie scene
Like a moment in a terrible dream
Fire was falling from the sky
People were running for their lives...


Remember this day
For all of the ones that lost…
Remember this day
For all of the blood it has cost…
Remember this day
The innocents who fell down
Their Spirits all live on forever
And we will make it through somehow
If we remember this day…

Remember this day...



As I wrote last May in a piece entitled Our world beyond 9/11,

“9/11 fundamentally changed our way of life, the way we travel, it instigated wars leading to hundreds of thousands of dead, wounded, displaced; we’ve wiretapped without warrant, tortured, and sent the drones in. Protected civil liberties have been sacrificed for security.”

It is altogether fit for us to pause and reflect on the tenth anniversary of that life shattering event, never forget its impact upon our reality—and dedicate ourselves to investing time and energy toward incrementally building an environment of care, compassion and strength through which the repetition of that catastrophe is as close to impossible as possible.

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Comment by Byron DeLear on September 13, 2011 at 1:33am
Feet on the ground reality: www.euphratesinstitute.org , www.uri.org
Comment by MICHAEL STOLZ on September 13, 2011 at 12:55am

Hate is not unlike love and some people just love to believe that they are somehow bringing peace by uttering the word. Stark reality is quite different and I like to believe that I am a realist and not some eyes wide shut idealist. If you will bring peace, I will be at the forefront saying my humble apologies and thank you's but Chamberlain with his"peace in our time" statement and appeasement at the expense of the Czechs made me a cynic and especially since more that 13 million people died  believing in his "trust me" pronouncements. Until such time where you can show me feet on the ground reality, I will remain a skeptic and if the word troll is your idea of describing people that do not share your "singing in unison" than so be it.

 

This piece is about your country  and your people but you choose to disparage it simply because they decided to fight back. That,sir, is a pity. The great American Democracy does not deserve it. Not from you and not from any other self declared pundit.

 

THAT IS ALL I WILL SAY ON THAT SUBJECT. If you think that Islamist evil should not be condemned than that is your opinion regardless of what I believe but please do not denigrate my opinions because they do not mesh with yours.

Comment by Byron DeLear on September 12, 2011 at 11:13pm

Hmmm...

 

Michael why would you be on MEPEACE website spounting off about how much you hate?? The quote you lifted is from a larger piece which clearly points out the "absolute determined brutality" of the hijackers, clearly not "ghosts", as you put it, and obviously actions that are not a good thing; viz. "brutality".

 

Why would you be trolling a website like MEPEACE with what could be called a "touchy, feel agenda", with your one-sided rants??

 

Maybe you're really not interested in peacemaking, or being a peacemaker; you just want to find forums where you can get your hatred going -- please don't read any more of my posts, and if you do, please refrain from commenting on them. 

 

Also, please review the following info regarding trolling behavior and identity deception -- although at MEPEACE, everyone is allowed -- your comments do congeal into a compund picture of where your heads at and an online reputation begins to form. I know trolls like to come to MEPEACE because they find a forum to rant, and love to bring down peacemakers, but you should really ask yourself why you're here...

 

"In Internet slang, a troll is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion."

"Trolling is a game about identity deception, albeit one that is played without the consent of most of the players. The troll attempts to pass as a legitimate participant, sharing the group's common interests and concerns; the newsgroups members, if they are cognizant of trolls and other identity deceptions, attempt to both distinguish real from trolling postings, and upon judging a poster a troll, make the offending poster leave the group. Their success at the former depends on how well they — and the troll — understand identity cues; their success at the latter depends on whether the troll's enjoyment is sufficiently diminished or outweighed by the costs imposed by the group.
Trolls can be costly in several ways. A troll can disrupt the discussion on a newsgroup, disseminate bad advice, and damage the feeling of trust in the newsgroup community. Furthermore, in a group that has become sensitized to trolling — where the rate of deception is high — many honestly naïve questions may be quickly rejected as trollings. This can be quite off-putting to the new user who upon venturing a first posting is immediately bombarded with angry accusations. Even if the accusation is unfounded, being branded a troll is quite damaging to one's online reputation."

Comment by MICHAEL STOLZ on September 12, 2011 at 10:20pm
“9/11 fundamentally changed our way of life, the way we travel, it instigated wars leading to hundreds of thousands of dead, wounded, displaced; we’ve wiretapped without warrant, tortured, and sent the drones in. Protected civil liberties have been sacrificed for security.”

Nothing to do with the song. Just a comment on us defending ourselves against ghosts. Not Islamogascist terrorists, not evil incarnate, not a terror ideology but simply people with no names, no agenda. \the powers to be just randomly initiated wars, torture, displament and abrogation of human rights. This is the farthest from the truth that one can get. Just use the words VILE, Terrorists and Muslims. It might be vdery liberating as was free love and drug induced highs of the flower children of the 1960's.

 

I have been snowed by the best and people that preach that touchy feely agenda cannot even ger close to them.

 

Thank you.

Comment by Byron DeLear on September 12, 2011 at 6:27pm

Mchael, I'm not following what you're saying...?? this was a posting about a commemorative song for 9/11, and you went on a rant about it being a whitewash...??  And then you start talking about 60s flower power, and how extreme Islam is full of hatred, and I'm sugar coating that... ?? 

 

IMHO, it sounds like the voices in your head are so loud, you can't really be present with what others are sharing with you... I've read some of the other comments you've left on mepeace, and it seems you have a very one-sided agenda to vilify all things Palestinian and Muslim, and that's the lens you look through. Its that lens that you applied to your reading of this post and memorial song, and basically made comments that have nothing to do with this song. I'm sorry you misunderstood its intent.

Comment by MICHAEL STOLZ on September 12, 2011 at 2:54pm

Nothing wrong with the song.

What is offensive is that people that should know better fault the powers to be for defending their nation and do so with outlandish 1960's ideology , akin to the flower power of that age.Evil (Islamic evil) does not recognize the touchy feely concept but rather the supremacy of their Jihad and ideology of an era gone by where Islam reigned through the sword.

 

On one of my law exams, I wrote 35 pages of nothing, simply because I did not know what the answers were. That got me a 83%, not for content but effort.

 

I have read the "National" article and find it bereft of any content and frankly meaningless and rather overwhelmed to the point that it would take volumes to debunk it as there is so much evidence out there to the contrary

 

The events of 9/11 are very simple. A group of terrorists brought death and destruction to the USA, That terror group is a Saudi citizen grouping that is steeped in Islamophobia. These were not poor, uneducated simple folk but ideology driven terrorists.

 

You can sugar coat them all you want but it will never take away their stench and their evil.

Comment by Byron DeLear on September 12, 2011 at 3:09am

Sorry I didn't provide you with enough info toward where I was directing you; I wasn't refering you to the Euphrates Summit, I was hoping you'd pull up my examiner piece "Our world beyond 9/11", which I'm sure you'll find more substantive in it's content, being that's what you seem to be craving. Now that I'm behind my computer I can direct you toward the link: http://www.examiner.com/progressive-in-national/our-world-beyond-9-11

 

Further, I don't know why you have to be so attitudinal and/or hyper-sensitive -- it's just a song -- either you're moved by it, or not. Many have been moved by "Remember This Day", I've been getting messages all day long -- as a song, it is sure not to be to everyone's liking. Nevertheless, thanks for sharing.

Comment by MICHAEL STOLZ on September 12, 2011 at 2:22am

BYRON

You posted that piece and yet you have no thoughts on why you posted such whitewash. But you referred me to a "Conference" that will most likely be more of the same whitewash that you presented. I guess some posters just post without being able to justify what they post.

That is the world that we live in, so this piece does not surprise me but does sadden me. I do thank you for not bringing Israel into this as the guilty party, though.Small miracles still do occur.

Comment by Byron DeLear on September 11, 2011 at 11:14pm
Michael you might appreciate a little more weighty piece, google "Our world beyond 9/11", I think it speaks to some of your questions.
Comment by MICHAEL STOLZ on September 11, 2011 at 10:29pm

Interesting that for some 9/11 was perpetrated by a ghost with no name, no roots ano ideology and was a result of lack of care, compassion and strength-WHATEVER THAT MEANS AND ENTAILS.

Three Thousand innocents lost their lives and yet this ghost with no name, no roots and no ideology lives on within the US as well around the world and we  do not condemn the evil but rather choose to understand and even defend that evil in the name of something greater-I AM NOT SURE WHAT IT COULD BE.

MY CONDOLENSCES TO THE VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES AND MAY THEY KNOW OF NO MORE SORROW

MAY THE PERPETRATORS AND THEIR SUPPORTERS BE HUNTED DOWN LIKE THE ANIMALS THAT THEY ARE AND MAY THEY NOT KNOW OF ONE DAY OF PEACE IN THEIR LIVES.

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