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There’s been a lot said about 9/11, the victims, the volunteers, the reaction, the response.  Here are some of my favorite lines from President Obama’s speech today:

This country was built as a beacon of freedom and tolerance. That’s what made us strong, now and forever. 

No single event can ever destroy who we are.  No act of terrorism can ever change what we stand for.

When the history books are written, the true legacy of 9/11 will not be one of fear, or hate, or division.  It will be a safer world, a stronger nation, and a people more united than ever before.

 

As I hear, and read on my Facebook and Twitter timelines, how we will never forget, I think about what the victims have missed out on:

The Apple comeback: iPhone/iPod/iPad

Angry Birds, and all other apps

Mobile ESPN

Mad Men

Justin Bieber

Game of Thrones

Diamondbacks beating the Yankees in the World Series

Boston Red Sox winning 2 world series

Flat screen & 3D TVs

Hybrid cars

Killing Osama Bin Laden

America’s first African American President

Gay marriage becoming legal

Hurricane Katrina

The tsunami in Sri Lanka

The earthquake in Haiti

Myspace

Facebook

Twitter

Gmail

The Colbert Report

Roger Clemens “misremembering”

Avatar

TSA full body scanners

Danica Patrick

Michael Vick’s pro career (with the exception of his first game on 9/9/2001), arrest, & comeback

Fifty Shades of Grey

Twilight

Harry Potter

Lord of the Rings

Sniper attacks in Washington DC

Joe Paterno

The Iraq War

Brokeback Mountain

Lady Gaga

New Orleans Saints win the Super Bowl (with Mark Brunell on the team!)

JibJab

Livestrong

The Hunger Games

The Wire

Podcasts

Real Housewives

Jersey Shore

Newlyweds (edumacation!)

The Osbournes

American Idol

 

Most of the above is the superficial but it’s also what fills our lives.  It’s what we read, watch, and talk about with the people we live with, the people we work with, and the people we see day in and day out.  This is what they did not get to experience and share with their families, friends, and co-workers.

 

102 Minutes

As I’m writing this, I’m watching 102 Minutes That Changed America on the History Channel.

My thoughts are this:

Everyone, as they saw what were happening, had the same reaction and expressions on their faces.  It was disbelief.

There’s a clip of firefighters waiting to go into the towers.  The looks on their faces are priceless.  They see burning buildings and are waiting to go inside.  The only way I can think to describe it is that they look helpless as they watch, but are determined to help.

 

The 9/11 song

Where Were You (When the World Stops Turning) is one of Alan Jackson’s best songs.  Here are some words from him about it:

 

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Written by rachel

September 11, 2012 at 11:15 pm

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