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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Thoughts on 9/11... / Gedenken 9/11.....

It is hard to believe that it has been 11 years already since that day that changed so many 
of our lives.
Many people don't want to be reminded and say that we should move on.
True, you have to move on, but you should NEVER forget!!!!
Kaum zu glauben das es schon 11 Jahre her ist seit dem Tag der so viele unserer Leben 
veraendert hat.
Viele Leute wollen nicht mehr daran erinnert werden und sagen das es an der Zeit ist 
das alles hinter uns zu lassen.
Das stimmt schon, man muss vorwaerts gehen, aber man darf diese Ereignisse NIE vergessen!!!

Here is what I wrote in 2008....it is still as fresh in my mind as ever......
Another September 11th has come and we remember what happened on that sunny morning in 2001 in New York.
This is the event in our generation,of which we remember what we did on that morning when we heard the news.
During 2001 we lived in Ontario Canada. I was providing private home daycare and we were about to foster our 3rd puppy for The Canadian Guide Dogs For The Blind . The supervisor was on her way that morning to bring us the new puppy from Ottawa. Then I got a call from her "Are you watching TV?" No, I didn't, since I had my daycare children in my home and we never watched TV that early. She said "Turn on the TV! Something bad has happened" So I did... A few minutes later I watched in disbelieve as the second plane flew into the second tower....
My family and friends called from Germany...My husband called from work...I watched what unfolded on the TV screen....I was shocked.
When the first tower collapsed it started to really sink in and I broke down in tears....A little later the supervisor arrived with the new puppy. All we could talk about was the events that had happened in New York. Good thing this was our 3rd puppy and we did not need any instructions. 
Somehow I managed to get through the day with the children and I was happy when they got picked up and my husband came home. The next day I had to do some shopping in town and I remember driving by all the store advertising signs that had messages like "We stand with you America" and "United we stand" and flew the American and Canadian flag . I could barely drive because of all my tears. Another thing that got me was there were no planes flying for days! That was very strange , when you are so used to airplane traffic overhead. 
We had to decide how much we would tell our two older boys,then 6 and 8 years old.
I still remember it all like it happened yesterday and I make it a point to have a huge American flag in front of the house on this date. Even before we came to the US, I had the flag out . I just find it very important to remember that day and what it did to our lives.
Being married to a soldier brings a completely different aspect to the table.
He changed trades due to medical issues and he never had to go to Afghanistan, but we have lost many Canadian soldiers and friends in Afghanistan since ....and many, many more American soldiers and soldiers from other countries as well.
You do not need to agree with the politics, but please support the troops and please keep remembering this day and what happened
I still means a lot to so many people!

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