Friday, September 10, 2010

Remember

Almost exactly nine years ago, my husband took me to New York City for my first visit. I had a feeling about the city – even though I had never been there. I just knew I would fall in love with it.

And I fell…hard.

I always say I must have been a New Yorker in a past life. :) It felt like home to me, from the very first trip.

That last week in August nine years ago, we took the ferry out to the Statue of Liberty, climbed to the top and my husband snapped this shot:

It is still so eerie to me that you can barely make out the twin towers in the background. Two weeks later they were gone.

If you’ve read this blog for long,  you know we visit the city whenever we possibly can. I’ve been so fortunate to visit twice this summer – the last trip with a couple of my girlfriends. I took them to see Ground Zero, and we decided to visit the Ground Zero Museum.

It was so incredibly powerful, terrifying, humbling, inspiring and well done, I wanted to share some of the photos I took with you. I’ll let them speak for themselves:

  

            

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Heartbreaking.

And yet at the same time, I was so filled up with LOVE. I couldn’t help but cry and cry and cry.

I know it gets harder every year to remember, but we can’t forget. We can’t forget the pain we felt, the devastation, the sorrow, the love.

When you didn’t know a stranger, because we were all hurting the same way. We can’t forget that desire to want to do anything…anything…to help.

The feeling of being so proud to be an American, you could just burst.

Out of my hundreds of beautiful pictures of New York City, my favorite isn’t a picture of Times Square, the park or the views from the Empire State Building. My favorite picture was taken on a trip about two years after September 11th, when the area around Ground Zero was filled with handwritten notes on the temporary walls from people from all over the country and the world:

Amen.

This weekend, fly your flag high!

God Bless America!

170 comments:

  1. Hands down, one of the worst days of my life. And I didn't even lose a loved one. But I lost hope in humanity. I will never forget that day. I don't think anyone old enough to remember will.

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  2. Thank you for posting this! I could cry! Sometimes I think people forget about 9/11 since the years have past. Thank you for keeping it fresh in our hearts and minds.

    Blessings,
    Amanda

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  3. speechless...thank you for sharing, sarah.

    the flying heart picture...beautiful..simply beautiful.

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  4. WOW, this just gave me chills. It's hard to believe that this all really happened, until you see all the proof. It's heartbreaking. I dont even know what to say

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  5. Amazing! I'd love to go check this out - what a testimony to one of the most horrific days of all time.

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  6. Speechless...thank you for sharing the amazing pictures.

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  7. Thank you for sharing these moving pictures and your thoughtful comments. I am always amazed at peoples ability to put thier feelings into such eloquent words.

    May we always remember.

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  8. Bitter memories, but nice to see that display. I haven't had a chance to get to NY in recent years. Kind of sad because I grew up on Long Island (about an hour east of Manhattan), I now live outside Washington DC and my In-laws own a Cabin in Shanksville, PA that we visit often. Strange to realize that I've got a connection to that horror from all 3 crash sites. Thanks for sharing your photos.

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  9. Thank you for that. I'm now sobbing. I am so emotionally attached to 9/11 even though I was in Texas when it happened and had never been to NY before that. I just really internalized it that day as I was watching it on TV. Every year on 9/11 I get pain as strong as the day it happened.
    Now that I've been to NY several times, I love the city even more. I'm like you, I love love love NY. Love it.
    9/11 gets me emotional every time I think about it.
    BTW, your memorial post was excellent. I couldn't have said it better. You did a great job with it.

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  10. What a heart wrenching, beautiful post. Although I am Canadian, that day I will never forget. I really think it hit the hearts of most people around the world. It was a scarey time, and even in my part of the world, there was no ferry's (I live on Vancouver Island, so you need to take a ferry to the mainland), all flights grounded, and the city was at a standstill. I was sitting here tonight feeling sorry for myself that my husband is working away from home right now. After reading this post, I have to give my head a shake. I (and we) are so lucky to be here, and have our loved ones by our side.

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  11. Thank u for posting this. I've never been to the museum. I was still home living in NJ at that time, working in times square in nyc. On my commute in - from the BUS - i saw the plane crash into the first building - so incredibly surreal. I ended up being stuck in nyc for days phones down no way to get anywhere. From times square we saw papers flying around in the air coming from blast downtown. Unbelievable. Beautiful pictures u chose to share with really powerful and inspirational quotes esp the one from Pataki.

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  12. Thank you for posting all your pictures. God Bless America.

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  13. I remember that day so vividly. I get chills thinking about it. I definitely got chills reading this post, and tears! very well said. wave your flags proudly!

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  14. Thank you for posting about 9/11. My husband is a firefighter and we chose that day to get married in 2004 in hopes of turning what was such a difficult day in America into a day that we can remember those we have loved and lost and celebrate new beginnings.
    Thanks again.

    Although he didn't know directly his fallen brothers, every year we still repeat the firefighters prayer. I hope you don't mind me posting it.

    Firefighter's Prayer

    When I am called to duty, God,
    wherever flames may rage,
    give me strength to save a life,
    whatever be its age.
    Help me embrace a little child
    before it is too late,
    or save an older person from
    the horror of that fate.
    Enable me to be alert,
    and hear the weakest shout,
    quickly and efficiently
    to put the fire out.
    I want to fill my calling,
    to give the best in me,
    to guard my friend and neighbor,
    and protect his property.
    And if according to Your will
    I must answer death's call,
    bless with Your protecting hand,
    my family one and all.

    Amen.

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  15. Thanks Sarah, I'm watching the special on the History Channel right now. It was such a horrible day. I remember it like yesterday. Sitting in front of the tv for days. The sadness was overwhelming.

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  16. Thank you so much for posting this. I was 17, a senior in high school. it felt like the innocence of this world was stripped away for me that day. Now I'm a Navy wife, and I couldn't be prouder that my husband joined the Navy within within 3 weeks of the attack.

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  17. What a meaningful memorial.. thank you for sharing, I felt as if I was there in the memorial... everyone will always remember where they were that day, and all of us will forever count our blessings...

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  18. Thank you. I am a NY'er although I don't currently live there. But born and bred and love to hear of others who love her as much as I do. I will NEVER forget that day and how terrified I was as I tried all day to contact my family and friends that still live there. My best friend saw the 2nd plane hit from her office window nearby. My brother, one of NY's finest, helped in the clean up of the site and my sister in law's brother, a firefighter on the haz mat crew was off that day and got called in and had he been on that day would have been lost as most of his squad was the first to respond....Have been down to ground zero and so many emotions come to me as I stand there it is just overwhelming at times....

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  19. Thank you for posting this and sharing and reminding. We must never forget. My flag will be flying high.
    God Bless America!

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  20. Our school nurse lost her brother in the twin towers on 9/11. Every year since then, I send her a note a few days before 9/11 and tell her that I'm thinking of her. She is so grateful that so many people still remember and share her grief.

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  21. Thanks for sharing these photos of the museum. I may never get to see them in person. So sad. I will never forget that day. We have to remember! and pray for our United States of America.

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  22. what an awesome memorial the museum looks to be!! I was doing fine -sad but fine- looking thru until I got to the walls of photos. OMG!!!!! i LOST IT! thanks for sharing!!!

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  23. Thank you for the beautiful post-it brought tears to my eyes. It is so important that we remember.
    My flag will be flying high!
    GOD BLESS AMERICA!

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  24. thank you for posting this...it causes me to feel weepy! we must NEVER forget - these were common ordinary people who suffered a terrible death & simply wanted an ordinary life. God bless all the families who were so directly connected to this day!

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  25. Commenting from Ontario, Canada. I am a Canadian but I will always remember that terrible day. Anyone in the world with access to a T.V. on that day or that month will never forget. I still cry when I see the pictures and remember those that lost their lives. The hero's who ran in to save who they could but lost their lives are the ones that get to me the most. Thanks for reminding me that what day it is tomorrow.

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  26. Beautiful post. Thank you. The faces.....almost to much to see. I am still driving around with my flag magnet that I placed on my car during that time. You are right, we must never forget!

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  27. thank you. god bless the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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  28. Beautiful
    Heart wrenching
    Goose pimply
    Proud
    Remember

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  29. Hi Sarah. Thank you so much for sharing all your beautiful photos. I was in Washington DC sitting in class blocks from the White House when the first plan struck. Noone knew what was going to happen next and people were running back to their dorms trying to get in touch with family. It took me hours to get through to my parents. Thinking about September 11th gives me the chills. The lives lost, the sacrifices people made and the way everyone came together to mourn and yet celebrate our beautiful country. The photo that made me cry was the quote from Beth Hatton, "When the building came down, I grabbed the dust on the ground and thought, he's in the dust." That just gets me. My husband is in the Navy I am so proud of him and all other that serve our country. Thank you again.

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  30. That day will never be forgotten by me. I was active duty at the time and was later deployed because of it. This post is a great reminder for everyone that this day must not be forgotten by anyone.

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  31. I am a native New Yorker, Sarah, born and bred in Brooklyn. I live on Long Island now. I was very touched by your post {had to fix the make up before leaving for the day job} and I agree that we can never forget. Not any of those lives that were lost that day. You said it wonderfully.

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  32. Just sitting here sipping my coffee and BLAM...this post made that day come back fully in my mind and heart. I remember where I was...the tears and heartbreak...words are not enough. After seeing this I know I must go to ground zero and take my children (who were not alive when this happened)and teach them about this event. Thank you for sharing. *please pass the tissues*

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  33. Sarah, thank you so much for sharing your photos from the museum with all of us. They truly are gut-wrenching.. and I'm sitting here crying. :'( I will NEVER forget.

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  34. I had chills reading this post. It's one of those days forever etched in my memory. At the time I was working in one of the tallest buildings in downtown financial district of Toronto. There were soooo many rumours and unknowns and I was terified that our city was next. I remember watching the towers falling and thinking that it was 'just a bad movie'. It was sureal!

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  35. thank you for posting this. I am weeping right now. I think this post with help me remember better this year.

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  36. I was there the beginning of August 2001 and did a post about being on top of one of the towers and I have a my ticket stub from that tour. I have not been back since the towers fell. Thanks for sharing the museum. My husband is a firefighter. It gets to me to see those that lost their life.

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  37. I'm fighting back the tears through this whole post! What a solemn day & beautiful post to remember what we all felt that day. The walls of pictures is overwhelming & just breaks my heart. Hope you have a good weekend as we all honor those who lost their lives. Take care.

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  38. My first trip to NY was after September 11th. Some of my favorite pictures from that trip were ones I took of the Art for Heart pieces that were displayed in the subway station outside of Ground Zero. I need to get back and see this museum.

    Thanks for sharing your photos Sarah.

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  39. This day was felt all over the world and it still makes so sad. We were there for vacation last year and I fell in love with the city ~ the energy ~ Central Park! A wonderful tribute post.

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  40. Hubs is a New Yorker. I was living in NJ across the bridge)He lost friends...Still too hard.
    Thank you for posting this.

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  41. Hubs is a New Yorker. I was living in NJ across the bridge)He lost friends...Still too hard.
    Thank you for posting this.

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  42. Thank you for helping us remember. Time fades those memories and it's so important to continue to give tribute to those lives lost. Beautiful photos...beautiful thoughts...tragic day.

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  43. It's very rare that a blog post can bring me to tears, but this did. Thank you for helping us remember.

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  44. Thank you for posting this! It is beautifully written. I went to New York last spring for the first timne since we were attacked. There are no words to fully explain the feelings of sorrow, devastation and now hope and pride. Continued Blessings!

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  45. thank you so much for sharing....i am tearing up as i type this...i have not been to Ground Zero and your mini tour was very enlightening...thank you and i will never forget....
    chris hardine

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  46. My husband and I were in the Towers on 9/9/01 buying tickets for a show and shopping in the mall below. I was 8 mos. pregnant with our third child who was born exactly one month later. I will never forget watching on tv the horrific events as they unfolded and thinking that the world would never be the same, that I would never be the same. 911 has forever changed me for the better and I hope that I never forget. We've been back to Ground Zero several times over the years and each time is very touching. Thanks for sharing.

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  47. You have brought me to tears! Living in Pa we drive to New York often and love it there. That day should never be forgotten. I could only hope to have as much courage as those lost that day, they will live on as long as we never forget!

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  48. Wow. Thanks so much for sharing these pictures. We'll never forget!

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  49. Amazing and so touching. That is a day we should never forget.

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  50. Hands down - the most beautiful post EVER.

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  51. thank you so much for posting this. It is true we do forget-well maybe not forget-but get distracted by other things. Thanks for the gentle reminder.

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  52. I will never forget. I watched everything live on the news that morning. I was so upset I forgot my little boy was watching with me. Now that he's older though - he remembers & I'm glad. I don't want him to forget either. I cannot see pictures like these without the feelings coming back. I think we need to see them every year & remember.

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  53. Thank you so much for posting this. I was working in a newsroom on September 11th and that day, each minute from start to finish, is seared into my brain.

    You are right - we CAN'T forget. Thanks for sharing your powerful pictures and your prayer.

    Emily

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  54. Beautiful post. I remember that day so well that just the thought starts me to sobbing. My best friend and her husband are survivors of the WTC attacks. He worked in the South Tower on one of the lower floors, and she worked in the World Financial Center across the street. She and I were IMing when the first plane hit and she typed "something happened - gotta go". Eight long hours later we got the call that they were both home and safe. We were so very, very blessed.

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  55. Thank you for sharing those photos. They've brought back so many memories and so much pain from that day. I, too, was in NYC two weeks before 9/11. A friend and I went to a concert at Irving Plaza and another in NJ. On our way in to the city, we got stuck in the wrong lane and had to get ourselves turned around. I'm so thankful we did as we got to view that amazing skyline and the WTC against the cloudless sky that day. I came home from that trip with a raging case of bronchitis, and stayed home from work on 9/11 because I was so wiped out. I'll never forget watching it all unfold. I know I will never forget, especially seeing all of those people from NY and NJ holding and posting photos of loved ones they were looking for. It still breaks my hear.

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  56. I was frustrated and weepy this morning, feeling like a failure....just one of those days that doesn't really happen with me very often....! Then I read your post and cried all over again.....these tears were so raw with memories of that fateful day in history. I was nursing at the time when a fellow staffer came running to get me. She new I had family in New York (having been a New Yorker myself years before...once a New Yorker, always a New Yorker...it's in the blood!)
    The horror I witnessed on the TV had me in shock, as I know the rest of the world was as well. My cousin worked in one of the Twin Towers. It wasn't until three days later I found out he had resigned his job and was actually on a plane getting ready to leave the city for a break when the first plane struck. His plane never left. They sat in the plane on the runway for 11 hours before being allowed out. Security reasons! When he left the plane and saw the news in the terminal, he new he had lost all of his friends and co-workers.
    Your photo's are a reminder of just how blessed we are for each moment we spend on this earth.
    Hand to heart....I thank you for the reminder!
    I live in Canada, am Canadian born and love my country....
    My heart will always have a very tender spot in it for New York.
    LEST WE FORGET!

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  57. this post is.... wow. amazing. i was living in missouri on 9/11, but moved to the east coast in 2006 and have since made many journeys to nyc and ground zero. i have never been to this museum because i know it would make me ugly cry the entire time. what a senseless, awful day in our history. and what a beautiful tribute you have written to those who fell victim to the attacks.

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  58. A great post! May we truly never forget and stand up for what our country stands for!

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  59. thank you sarah. i remember that day so well. thank you for sharing those photos and your memories, and for reminding us all about that day and the days that have followed since.

    the photo of the tower of hearts is heartbreakingly beautiful and poignant.

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  60. Wonderful post. I woke up thinking about 9/11 today. I will never forget....the photos and the quotes really choked me up.

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  61. how has it been 9 years already?! thanks for all the pictures and reminding us all of what we experienced almost a decade ago.

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  62. Thank you for posting this. Just reading it brought tears to my eyes. It does get harder to remember every year, but reminders from people like you bring it back so swiftly.

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  63. well done, and thank you for posting this way.
    God Bless!

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  64. I know I come here for design and decor, but this is my favorite post of yours, ever! Thanks for helping me remember.

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  65. Well I just cried a little. I live about an hour from the city. So many stories to tell, but I wanted to say thank you for a lovely tribute.

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  66. Wow! Beautiful post...thank you for sharing your pictures! That is a day that I will never forget.

    As someone else posted, my husband and I too got married on 9/11/2004. As we chose the day we told ourselves that something happy to happen on that day sometime. As we celebrated our marriage we also remembered the lives that were lost.

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  67. Thank you so much for posting this. What a wonderful way to help everyone remember. We should NEVER forget. I have never been to NYC but have dreamed of it since I was a child. Gov. Pataki was right, we all became New Yorkers that day.

    ~Christi

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  68. Thank you.
    I am going to share this post with my friends and family.
    <3

    Patty

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  69. I cried! My brother did his combat tour Iraq.

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  70. Thank you so much for this powerful reminder.

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  71. I never fail to tear up and get goose bumps when I read things like this. We won't forget, and we'll teach our children about that day. Thank you for the post, you've inspired me to get to the museum soon!

    xoxo, cassie

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  72. no words. just tears. thank you for sharing. i {heart} ny.

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  73. Heartbreaking is the perfect word, Sarah. Who doesn't remember where they were or what they were doing when the first plane hit?

    I think Americans have forgotten. It makes my heart ache to remember how unified we all were on September 12, the day after. Everyone came together to stand as one America. I feel like that America is in tatters.

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  74. Awesome Post! Thank you so much for sharing all those pics and for your words! I was in tears...just such an emotional thing...remembering that day and thinking about all that people went through. I ALWAYS remember that day. My little ones don't, my oldest does. I ALWAYS talk about it, explain it, so that even my little ones NEVER FORGET. I really don't understand why any AMERICANS forget??? ~How any of us can act like it's just another day. I thank God that I am an American & I am still so proud of this country. I pray that we as a nation turn our hearts back to HIM though. I think we are so lost.
    Again~ thank you...beautiful post!
    I REMEMBER too!!!~always!

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  75. This made me cry. Thank you for sharing. I hope to make it there one day myself to pay my respects.

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  76. Your pictures brought me to tears. I still remember where I was that day.

    Even as a Canadian, that was a moment we as humans will never forget.

    I did my own post in memory of those affected by 9/11.

    Thank you for sharing this.

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  77. Great post, wonderful pictures...thank you so much for sharing it with us.

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  78. It is a reality check when we see these images. I will never forget. Thank you.

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  79. I was going to grad. school and living in Manhattan on 9/11. The flying hearts picture is absolutely breathtaking. From the mouths of babes...

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  80. Thank you Sarah. That was so amazing. I will never, ever forget. It still feels like it was yesterday to me.

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  81. I knew if I read this at work, I would probably cry, and I was right. So touching and amazing and now I want to make it to NYC more than ever to witness the museum and all the city still has to offer.

    My heart still aches whenever I think of that day - it's one we will all never for get, and should never, ever be forgotten.

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us, your pictures explain it all, 1000 words and more!

    oxoxo

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  82. I knew if I read this at work, I would probably cry, and I was right. So touching and amazing and now I want to make it to NYC more than ever to witness the museum and all the city still has to offer.

    My heart still aches whenever I think of that day - it's one we will all never for get, and should never, ever be forgotten.

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us, your pictures explain it all, 1000 words and more!

    oxoxo

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  83. The tears are just rolling down my face. Thank you for the reminder to never forget. I think this is a place that all Americans must see at some point in their lives. I hope to make it there soon.

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  84. Thank you for this lovely post. I can only imagine the feelings you felt seeing these things in person. I was moved to tears by the photos.

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  85. Beautiful photos, they brought tears to my eyes. As someone from New Jersey, I know far far too many people who lost loved ones on that day. Many of us will never forget.

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  86. Thank you so much for sharing this moving post!

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  87. Wow. Well said, Roz. Well said. You brought back the feeling, the devastation, and the sense of pride and community we felt as Americans. I have never seen so many flags flying as that day and the weeks following, and I have never felt more an American - with an understanding of what that meant. It brings tears to my eyes, even today. Thanks for the reminder. Miss you!

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  88. Like others have said, I remember that day like it just happened. Every time they show the footage I'm taken back to the uncertainty and horror of that day. Not that I desire the footage to be shown everyday, but I wish we all remembered it more - remembered a time in our nation when we didn't argue over petty things and realized what's really important. We reazlied through our sorrow what an amazing country and people we have. Those that want to tear us down seek after death and destruction. We seek for life, beauty, and renewal.

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  89. There are very few days from my life that I can recal as vividly as that day.
    It still hurts, I will never forget.
    Great post Sarah.
    gail

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  90. Oh my word, how touching. When my husband (then fiance) and I went to NYC last spring we went to the Ground Zero Museum Workshop with photos by Gary Suson as well as St. Paul's Chapel. Both were SO heart wrenching and sad, but so full of love too. I want to go back so badly!

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  91. Beautiful! I hope you don't mind if I link to this post on my post today!
    Rebecca@RootsAndWingsCo

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  92. Amazing post! Those pictures are so moving! We will never forget! <3

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  93. I will never forget the day I lost 343 brothers and sisters, the panic I felt, and the freedom I took for granted and now cling to. I fear that my grandchildren will know more of this kind of atrocity in their lifetime. We must never forget. We must always remind Americans of this horrible day. We must pray for peace and understanding. Thank you for sharing these sad images with other bloggers so that they may never forget! ~Ames

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  94. I live and work outside of Washington DC and will never forget 9-11.

    That night, my hands were trembling as I drove home, afraid to find out that one of my neighbors didn't return from the pentagon.

    Thankfully, they all did. But just weeks later, I lost my boss. The stress and strain of dealing with what 9-11 did to the region and to our business here in the DC area, was too much for his heart to take.

    I still cannot watch the coverage of events of the day. It is just all too much to take in.

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  95. I'll never forget this day.


    Let's remember to pray for the families that lost loved ones, and the children that lost both parents.

    My heart hurts.

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  96. I, like you, feel that I must have been a New Yorker in another life. I had the wonderful opportunity to live and work in Manhattan for four years. I was there on 9/11 ... I will never forget. The images and stories you have posted from the Ground Zero Museum are still fresh in my mind. I still cry everytime I think of that tragic day. Thanks for sharing and for keeping the memory alive. If we could all only hold on to the incredible amount of love that all the world shared at that time, maybe we would never see another tragedy like 9/11 ... in any part of the world.

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  97. Thank you for sharing this with us. I was on the opposite side of the country that Tuesday morning and yet it still hit home. Leading up to the anniversary I always relive everything I did that day, I remember it like it was yesterday.
    Thank you for taking time to honor those who lost their lives.
    God bless.

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  98. I moved from NYC to Denver just weeks before 9/11. When everyone else was trying to get out of the city, I wanted nothing more than to be home. Thanks for this. It's not any easier now than it was 9 years ago.

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  99. Thank you.

    Thank you for not letting us forget and honoring that day so beautifully in this post.

    I've never been to the museum or NYC for that matter but my long dream of going now feels it will have new meaning.

    I love the song "Have you forgotten" I think too many people have blocked out what happened and the only thing scarier than remembering is forgetting.

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  100. Amazing post I still remember everything about that day where I was and what was going on. Thanks for posting this.

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  101. Thank you for your beautiful sentiments and the comments of those before me. The memory of 9/11 is just a vivid for me now as ever. What an incredible way to remember and pay tribute! You are wonderful. Thank you!
    Rachael : )

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  102. That made me cry. I hate that this happened to this country. I will never forget either. It's hard to believe it happened 9 YEARS ago. It seems like yesterday. Thank you for your post.

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  103. On September 9, 2001 we were living in Connecticut. It was an absolutely beautiful Sunday afternoon. My husband and I took our son and daughter out to hit some tennis balls. Three courts down was a very loving, patient dad hitting tennis balls with his energetic twin six year old boys and his beautiful 12 year old daughter. Two days later those children lost their father. Nine years later I still breakdown when I remember that beautiful Sunday afternoon.

    Sarah, thanks for the beautiful tribute. This weekend my thoughts and prayers will be with all of the families and friends of those that were lost.

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  104. 9/11 is my brother-in-law's birthday; if it had been any other day, he would have been at the CVS at the Pentagon working construction. Instead, he was spending the day celebrating with his wife. Little miracles like that will always keep that day a fresh memory for us.

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  105. I wish I could have gone to New York before this disaster...but then I don't think I would feel the same about it as I do now. I want to see this strong city that has rebuilt. I want to see this beautiful memorial to loved ones passed on. I want to see how this large city has become a family.

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  106. Awesome post! I was only in the seventh grade on that horrible day. I just remember the teachers all crying and no one would tell us what was going on. The loudspeaker started calling kid's name for early dismissal like wildfire. When they finally called my name I got into my dad's car, a firefighter for over twenty years and he had tears streaming down his face. It was so heartbreaking and yet so unifying at the same time. I was so mad at the world for doing that to us, and in the same moment so proud that I was an American child. My father got a call to help with the cleanup and I cried for days. They ended up cancelling his trip, but the reality really sunk in when I thought there was a chance for my own father to be involved in such a tragedy. I love NY!

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  107. This was just awesome. Am crying. Thank you for sharing all of the photos.

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  108. Beautiful pictures! Like everyone else I remember that day with precision. I had just delivered my second child 2 weeks before so needless to say the hormones were on overdrive. It's still so hard to believe and comprehend. It's also very hard to explain to my children without freaking them out. Thank God for all of our service men and women who defend our country.

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  109. Wow.... I'm sitting here crying. I will never for 9/11. My husband is military and was in Bosnia when this happened.
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful tribute.

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  110. Wow. I am crying. Thank you for sharing your pictures. As we live in Colorado and have never even traveled East further than Nebraska, I don't know if I will ever have a chance to see this in person.

    But after seeing your pictures, it makes me want to make it priority- so my kids can see it, so my husband and I can see it.

    That day is still so fresh in my mind.

    Thank you!

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  111. Beautiful post. 9/11/01 is a horrible day that we must all remember, it changed all of us whether you lived near or far from NYC. Memories of 9/11 are forever etched in our hearts and souls. May we always remember and pray it never happens again. God Bless America.

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  112. Thank you so much for not forgetting. I plan not to blog tomorrow, just a simple "remember the fallen" tribute I will post tonight. This was a beautiful post.

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  113. Thank you for never forgetting.
    I linked to some of your photos on my blog and wanted to thank you for having an eye for all the little details that matter.

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  114. This is a beautiful and heart warming post, thank you!

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  115. Great post Sarah. It's so easy to forget, especially when you're so far away. What just amazed and shocked me is how many people were lost that day.

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  116. This Canadian will never forget. We watched and mourned and prayed with you. God Bless America, tomorrow and always. Thank you for your beautiful post.

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  117. Thank you for posting. I am going to link my blog to this post if thats ok...I have never lived in NYC but have always wanted to...it is my favorite city! And I will never forget and remind others every year. :) Thank you!

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  118. I was only 15 when it happened and I didn't really understand. It means more to me now than it did then. I have a giant book of photos, and every time I look at them, I cry and cry.

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  119. Sarah,

    You did it to me again! I am sitting here sobbing!!! Thank you for the words you wrote and the pictures you posted. I have never been to New York and looking at what you posted I feel the connection as if I was there.

    Between the post of your dad in law and today, wow! You pull on heartstrings.

    My flag is waving and waving BIG!!!

    God Bless America!

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  120. Beautiful post. Just when I think I can see something like this and not cry, I find that the wound is still fresh. 9/11 will forever break your heart.

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  121. wow... I was saddened by the lack of tributes or posts in honor of 911. I too was in NYC, in late August 2001... and ironically took a similar photo from Liberty Island with the Twins "faded" in the photo... After the pic was taken, my friend Gail & I took the ferry back, and we visited Wall Street, heard the bells of Trinity Church chime - and ventured off to the South Tower to watch the sunset over New Jersey - from the South Tower roof...

    I posted today about the three 911 memorials: http://nyclq-focalpoint.blogspot.com/2010/09/remembering-911-memorial-designs.html More to come for tomorrow...

    Blessings to you... and THANK YOU for posting and sharing...
    Lynda

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  122. lovely post sarah- i posted the link on my site to it!

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  123. I am from N.Y. I remember those Twin Towers very well. Although I now live in CA. My heart will always be in the Big Apple.
    My cousin was in the T.T. when the first plane hit. He was one who was able to get out. However it has scared him for life.

    This is a beautiful tribute to those who lost their lives in N.Y and on the flights and in the pentagon.
    May God rest their souls and bring peace to their family and friends.
    Gone but NEVER forgotten!

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  124. Best Blog post I've read all day. All week...probably all year. Thank you so much for the photos, for the story...I'm sharing this on twitter and facebook. Crying at work because this took me back but that hearts flying heavenword picture...I LOST it.

    I've been to NYC many times. I don't have the courage to go to the museum or anywhere near that site. I graduated from a school in upstate NY with a lot of business major hotshot friends and colleagues and I just can't even...

    Thank you so much. I needed this.

    Bernadette
    www.b3homedesigns.blogspot.com

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  125. I sit here on the other side of the world; an American; and cry. What a touching post. Australia never forgets 9 11. I never forget. I lived in Dallas that day. The sky became eerily quite. I will never forget that feeling. The tears. I love America and I still mourn for her loss. Thank you for such a touching tribute.

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  126. I sit here on the other side of the world; an American; and cry. What a touching post. Australia never forgets 9 11. I never forget. I lived in Dallas that day. The sky became eerily quite. I will never forget that feeling. The tears. I love America and I still mourn for her loss. Thank you for such a touching tribute.

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  127. I sit here on the other side of the world; an American; and cry. What a touching post. Australia never forgets 9 11. I never forget. I lived in Dallas that day. The sky became eerily quite. I will never forget that feeling. The tears. I love America and I still mourn for her loss. Thank you for such a touching tribute.

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  128. I sit here on the other side of the world; an American; and cry. What a touching post. Australia never forgets 9 11. I never forget. I lived in Dallas that day. The sky became eerily quite. I will never forget that feeling. The tears. I love America and I still mourn for her loss. Thank you for such a touching tribute.

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  129. God Bless you America...from a Canadian whose was broken on Sept, 11

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  130. I remember trying to explain what happened to my son who was 7, he just couldn't understand why...I tried to protect him from it, but the films/pictures were everywhere...Thanks for posting this...one day I hope to visit NYC and I will make that memorial one of my stops.

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  131. I cried. I'm sitting here, nursing my baby girl, crying. She'll read this in her history books one day--and I'll be able to tell her about that day. I don't think I could ever forget September 11, 2001--it's forever etched in my mind.

    God Bless America!

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  134. Thank you for posting this. My sadness has only increased with time, not diminished. Hate is so destructive.

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  135. Wow, those pictures are incredible-very humbling. Thank you so much for sharing them.

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  136. Thank you for the reminder. Praying for all the families and our brave heroes. God bless them greatly.
    -marie

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  137. What a beautiful post. You inspired me to do one of my own. You have wonderful pictures of Ground Zero. Thank you for sharing.
    Best regards,
    Gloria

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  138. Bless you Sarah for posting this!
    Tears are rolling down my cheeks.
    WONDERFUL post,
    Thanks for helping us remember, heal and have hope in our hearts!
    Jules

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  139. I cried reading this, I'm not American I'm from Scotland but I remember this day like it was yesterday the memory is ingrained I know where I was and what I was doing I watched like millions of others in shock, horror and utter disbelief.
    How could such an atrocity happen in American.
    My thoughts and prayer have and will always be with those directly affected by the events of that day.
    Well done for posting this.

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  140. I'm crying after reading your post. Thank you so much for all that you wrote and the pictures. It's very powerful.

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  141. Thanks for this. It's good to have a reminder every once in a while, especially today.

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  142. Thank you for sharing. I appreciate you remembering America's 9-11 day on your site. Thank you, thank you!
    - Paula

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  143. thank you. thank you. thank you for posting these pictures. i wept over each one. the child's drawing of the hearts forming the two towers...powerful. i so love children :)

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  144. thank you. thank you. thank you for posting these pictures. i wept over each one. the child's drawing of the hearts forming the two towers...powerful. i so love children :)

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  145. I've felt the same way about NY as you since my first visit in about 1989. The last time I was there was April and I just couldn't go in the museum. It's the second time I've been to Ground Zero, but I just cried and cried and I couldn't make it in. Next time, I'll go in, thanks to your pictures.

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  146. New reader. This is a great post. Thank you so much for sharing. Wouldn't it be amazing if everyone had this in their hearts more often. Something to bond us together. To make us realize that we are all still human.
    Great photos... and I can't wait to follow along.

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  147. I suffered through months of severe depression after 9/11 even though I didn't know a single person who died. I was terrified to go to work because I worked in a high-rise (in Pittsburgh); I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning watching CNN crying and crying along with the families. I used to visit NYC several times a year and since this horrific day, I've not been there. I plan to go next August because I've committed to run in the NYC Triathlon. Thanks for sharing your pictures of the museum. I'd really like to visit while I'm in NY, if I can.

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  149. Thank you for such a thoughtful, sensitive and emotional post. May we never forget this atrocity against the United State. God bless America.

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  150. Thanks for posting this beautiful tribute. We live in the NYC area and felt the direct impact of 9/11. I will never ever forget that morning, watching the today show with my newborn nursing...not believing my eyes as I saw the planes crash on live TV. Knowing my dear friends husband was in one of those towers and that countless friends were trapped in the city. We had to literally rescue my in-laws as they were eventually ferried across to Jersey City. Then we spent the next week terrified because Anthrax was found in the mail in our local post office. The trauma of that day is far reaching. And the threats of of that FLA preacher this week are a sign of that deep wound... misguided and damaging as all of that is.

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  151. Thank you for sharing this. I was so moved and brought to tears. I have never seen the memorial or any of these tributes. I have been to NYC once in my life and that was in the year 2000. When I saw your photo from 9 years ago, I recalled my own photo (which was taken a top one of the towers on that trip). It's a permanent picture in my head now and one I can never forget. Thank you again for the sweet tribute.

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  152. There isn't much to say but thanks for the great post. 9/11 is something everyone here in the US always will remember - remember the victims and the heroes.

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  153. Thank you for sharing the photos. I believe humans are visual learners and it is a shame that it takes powerful photographs to get us to pay attention. I'm a mom from Utah but I work for a sister company of Morgan Stanley and we were called to duty to find the employees from the trade center and reassure their loved ones if they called us looking for their family member. It was devastating to realize some of those calling in would not ever speak to their family member again. Miraculously, only 4 people from our company were lost and two of them were from the security department. They died making sure the other 2400 people got out. You are so right about not letting people forget...the best way to do that is to show photographs and share our thoughts and feelings about that day. I've never been to New York and I really have no desire to go there but I love the people from there. Folks who speak their minds and are tough cookies. The terrorists didn't factor in the American spirit or the tenacity of a New Yorker when they destroyed the buildings. We will prevail!

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  154. What a wonderful post! My hubby works for the company that made the steel beams for the WTC back in the 60's. Earlier this year, they brought back a number of them on trucks. The streets were lined with people the day they arrived back "home". They are going to be placed in a museum. The company (the old Lukens Steel in Coatesville PA........now called Arcelor Mittal) celebrated their 200th anniversary this past July and they had one of them on display. It's hard to describe the feelings seeing that steel twisted like it was :(

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  155. Just tears...reading and remembering and so thankful for this post because we did become one city that day, praying for those who were lost, those losing, and those who were fighting to help them. We will never forget.

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  156. I'm from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and I will never forget watching on tv the horrific events. It was and it is heartbreaking. I had never been to NY but it's in my "to do" list before I die.
    God Bless you America.
    Cecilia

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  157. So powerful. One day I will take my children to the Museum and Memorial so that, even though they weren't here yet, that they remember. Trying to explain 9-11 to my 4&5 year old was tough this year, maybe b/c they finally can grasp more of the story?

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  158. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I sat here with tears slowly rolling down my face as I took in every detail of every picture you posted. My first visit to NY was after 9/11 and I was so moved when I visited Ground Zero that no words can really express the emotions. Like you, I fell in love with NY and was able to make my son back a couple of years later. Thanks again for sharing this!!

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  159. I was debating about where to take my girls for vacation next summer, after seeing your pictures I believe that this would be something that they need to see. My youngest was born 5 weeks before it happened and my oldest were at school and had so many questions. Before that day I felt as though New York was almost another country compared to small town Kansas. We are all one, and these pictures and words show that.

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  160. I was debating about where to take my girls for vacation next summer, after seeing your pictures I believe that this would be something that they need to see. My youngest was born 5 weeks before it happened and my oldest were at school and had so many questions. Before that day I felt as though New York was almost another country compared to small town Kansas. We are all one, and these pictures and words show that.

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  161. Very Nice post...thank you for sharing

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  162. Thank you for posting... for a few minutes I forgot I was home reading a blog with my kids playing in the background. Instead the room felt silent as I toured the museum through your pictures, and I couldn't stop the tears that flowed freely. (And then I was snapped back to reality by my 2 yr old's broken truck.) It was a great few moments though, thank you, thank you!

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  163. If my brother had not had a sick child that day and had drove to work, we would have lost him with all of the others who gave their lives that day. I am a New Yorker, and will always be even though I live in Texas.

    My brother took his family of three kids and his wife and oddly moved away to Canada.....

    Thank you for posting the ground zero stuff. Like myself I cannot bring myself to go there, the emotion is too much. Bless all of those who lost their lives, all of those affected and thank you again for the post.

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  164. It still gives me a lump in my throat and a sick feeling. I was there just after you. It was our last trip to NYC, as we were moving back to the mid-west. I remember watching the Pentagon for as long as I could before it was out of sight. The day after 9/11, I got pictures back from that trip....pictures of me in front of the twin towers.

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  165. it's so hard to look at these images without feeling overwhelmed and so grateful....I just want to thank you for sharing....I can't imagine actually being there and the feelings accompanied with that....so thankful for good people, so sad for those families who lost loved ones and for those who were meant to live longer

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  166. Thank you. I have not had the chance to go in person. Thank you for bringing a little bit of it to me.

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  167. Although I could easily make a day trip to NYC I've never been there, so I definitely haven't been to this evening, but wow your pictures make me want to go. This just paints such a picture...thanks for sharing.

    Amber

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