Posted By RichC on September 11, 2011
I knew reflecting on the tenth year anniversary of 9/11 was going to be difficult to capture in a single blog post — I have been mulling what to archive.
Watching the names scroll by on FoxNews coverage on 9/11/2011
The obvious would be to reflect on those Americans who were killed and are the center of the memorial on this day — those who died at the Pentagon, in Shanksville PA or New York City at Ground Zero. The site of the World Trade Towers commemorated the new two waterfalls and park memorial section with a reading of the names and poignant speeches. Admiral Mullen, VP Biden and others gave speeches at the memorial and reconstructed Pentagon. The bell tolled in Pennsylvania where the first “counter-strike” took place when Americans foiled the terrorists and prevented the fourth commercial airliner from hitting its target. As an American, it was good to reflect on how our country came together and rose up to combat evil in the world. After recent years of bipartisan bickering amongst ourselves, it good — even if just for a couple days — to reflect on just how much resolve Americans have when attacked from abroad. I think Vice President Biden made the point.
VP Biden at the Pentagon on September 11, 2011
There were many touching words by those who were burdened with dealing with the aftermath and all delivered respectful and uplifting speeches. I listened to President Bush yesterday as we reflected on the heroism of those on Flight 93 and was moved.
President Bush in Shanksville PA – September 10, 2011
As for the big picture, we humans are capable of such destructive hatred and equally can show compassion and goodness. If we were created in the image of God, perhaps He also gave us His traits of anger as reflected in the Old Testament and extraordinary love as we know from the New Testament? American’s mayor, Rudy Giuliani read from Ecclesiastes 3 this morning …
A Time for Everything
1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
EDIT: Adding Admiral Mullens speech mentioned above.
Admiral Mike Mullens & Amazing Grace at the Pentagon 9/11/2011