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Remembering 9/11

Today is the 9th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on US soil.  May we remember that date and those who died and were impacted by the tragedy.  I found a website with much information called 9/11 Memorial.

This picture taken by Amy Dreher was posted on the 9/11 Memorial site depicting how the skyline in NYC looked pre 9/11.
 Here's how it looks now with many cranes and workers busy.  This photo was also taken by Amy Dreher.
This is how the area will look in the future with the museum and memorial to all who died that day.  Photo credit is Amy Dreher.

So many firefighters and others gave their lives as they tried to rescue people from the buildings. 

My own cousin Mark worked at an adjacent building and was one of those seen running as the towers collapsed all covered in white.  He described how scary it was, not knowing what would happen next.

I've been to see the site twice since 2001 and each time it was so eerie. 

This past weekend as I traveled to my niece's wedding, I noticed many young men and women in uniform.  I walked up to one young soldier and thanked him for his service.  He told me they were heading to Afghanistan.  My heart ached for them as they had to leave loved ones behind.  But how grateful I am for their service to our country.

This is my friend Lorraine.  We've known each other since nursing school back in the early '70s.  This is her son Michael who has served in both the Navy and now the Army.  He will be heading back to Iraq for his third tour of duty.  May the Lord bless him and keep him safe.

You can visit Amy of Signs, Miracles and Wonders for links to other participating blogs for Then Sings My Soul Saturday.

Blessings and love,
Debbie Petras
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  1. Oh Debbie Sweetie...
    Such a beautiful share. I love to come and read your writes. You write so elegantly and with such spirit. Thank you for sharing this evening.

    I love this song by Lee Greenwood, it is one of my favorites.

    I will be praying for Lorraines' son Michael as he goes back onto foreign soil.

    Thank you again for sharing this evening. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

  2. Amen, Debbie......may we never forget!!

    I'm also adding Lorraine's son, Michael, to my prayer journal.

    Have a blessed weekend!



  3. What a beautiful tribute Debbie. May we never forget!
    Love & Blessings from Hong Kong,

  4. Beautiful Debbie! Praying for Lorraine's son and all those leaving once again for their tour of duty!

    Love you,

  5. I already feel emotional, just remembering that day of horror! All those that lost their lives, and those loved ones that were affected by it!! And for those that continue to serve our country for our freedom!!! Thank you!!!


  6. I was just watching old footage last night and my heart ached just as strong as it did that day.
    And I wonder if Lee Greenwood realized how popular that song was to become back when he sang it.
    Love you my friend!

  7. Wonderful Tribute!!
    I have a nephew in Afghanistan.
    May God be with all our military.

  8. Thank you for sharing this special and tender time with us my friend. Praying for Michael and for all.


    Love you.

  9. I admire men and women like Michael who care about our country and protect us. Thank you for these pictures. I'm remembering with you.


  10. A day we will never forget. God bless the USA... Thank you so much for sharing .... I love this song...blessings

  11. Wonderful tribute. May we never forget.

  12. May our Lord protect all the ones in service - men and women.

  13. Remembering...praying...That song by Lee Greenwood always give me the tears. My son used to sing it when he was little and to just listen lyric by lyric...God...bless...the...USA...

    Praying that many will not stray farther away from Him...Blessings to you sister and may the Lord keep your friend's son and all those serving in the military safe...Same with their families.

  14. Beautiful tribute. I feel like sometimes we take our military and freedom for granted. But as you did we should thank them for fighting for us.

  15. what a beautiful post thanks for sharing. I want to also send thanks to your friends son we owe these young men a debt of gratitude

  16. Beautiful post. Everytime I hear that song, I cry. I remember after the attacks, the local radio stations played that song all the time. I don't seem to hear it as much.

  17. A beautiful post... so much to always remember and appreciate the tireless efforts of those serving after those tragic events.

    God bless all those in service-firefighter, medical, police, military...

    Blessings & Aloha!

  18. Thank you for your tribute. September 11 is a day that not many of us will forget. It is imbedded in our hearts and minds forever. God bless the men and women who are working to defend freedom both on American soil and abroad.

    Living for Him, Joan


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