We Must Never Forget! Attack On Prayer!
by Sonja Harris on September 10, 2011 at 8:00 AM
"Are you guys ready? Let's roll!" Todd Beamer United Airline flight 93
9/11 AERIAL PHOTOS: www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzAp79jcYLo
Sunday, September 11th marks 10 years since the horrific attacks by terrorists on American soil. The hijackers using American passenger planes attacked the Twin Towers in New York City at 8:45am and 9:00am. The Pentagon located in Virginia was hit at 9:40am and the fourth plane meant for the White House or the US Capitol crashed at 10:00am in a vacant field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Remembering that day and the days following seemed like a living nightmare that would never end. After 10 years it is still an ache we carry in our hearts for the innocent lives that were lost on 9/11. On that day, we were reminded how fragile life can be and how easy it is to forget to tell those we love, “I love you.”
President G.W. Bush, in his calm way, resolved to bring the perpetrators to justice, addressed the nation on September 11, 2001, using words we wanted to hear. Americans united, American flags were flying representing our unity to each other and our country. We prayed for the victims of the attacks, we prayed for the families, we prayed for the responders, and we prayed for all those involved in the search and rescue, and finally, in the recovery. It is a travesty of justice that Mayor Michael Bloomberg has decided not to invite clergy to the dedication. That faith and prayer, the essence of our Judeo Christian foundation will not be part of the dedication. Bloomberg has forgotten that one of the first victims was the Chaplain of the Fire Department of New York, Mychal Judge, who in fact was a Roman Catholic priest. Who can forget the call to attend the funerals at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and other churches of fallen police and firefighters? Who can forget Cardinal Edward Egan ministering to those at “ground zero?”
According to the latest numbers, (Wikipedia) there were 2,996 total lives lost during the attacks of that day. Included in this number are the 19 murderers who unmercifully slaughtered innocent lives. The Pentagon lost 125 and the total of the passengers in the planes was 246. Not all families from the Twin Towers received remains of their loved ones. These families will have their family member buried under the newly erected Freedom Tower and the water memorial scheduled for dedication this Sunday, marking the anniversary of the attacks in New York City.
On Saturday, September 10 a memorial will be dedicated to the passengers from Flight 93 at the crash site in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. I was amazed to read that this memorial has not been fully funded after 10 years. That even with calls for contributions to the Fortune 500 CEO’s, the money was not raised. The reasons for not giving were, ‘no money’ or ‘the memorial does not meet our guidelines for giving’. What a shame…
The USA Patriot Act short for 'Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001' was passed assuring us that it would help in the deterrence of terrorists. It has been part of the War on Terror but has not been without controversy, especially from the ACLU. Congress approved the Joint Resolution to Authorize the Use of United States Armed Forces Against Iraq on October 2, 2002. We stood united. And we went to war on March 19, 2003.
President George Bush, surrounded by leaders of the House and Senate, announces the Joint Resolution to Authorize the Use of United States Armed Forces Against Iraq, October 2, 2002.
Why the recollection? We must never forget the innocents who died on that day. We must never forget the importance of the courageous acts performed by the first responders and those civilians that gave their lives helping others, the passengers of Flight 93 who averted the plane from destroying more lives and preventing the obliteration of either the U.S. Capitol or the White House. We must never forget how these remarkable people touched the lives of so many who survived and lived to tell their story. The heroism and acts of kindness shown that day exemplify the American Spirit. We have to focus on how united we were during this very difficult time and how resilient Americans can be. Together we can unite by displaying our flags and honoring the memory of all those lost on 9/11. Sign the petition or contact Mayor Bloomberg’s office and let him know what a mistake it is to ignore God.
SIGN PETITION FOR PRAYER
E-mail Mayor Michael Bloomberg call his office at:
(212) 639-9675 or fax (212) 312 -0700