Freedom

Sadly freedom isn’t free. It’s fought for.  Today is the anniversary of the horrible loss of life on 9/11/2001.   I won’t forget the horror as I watched on TV our country being attacked. At first not even realizing what was going on when a plane hit the World Trade building then a second. At that point it was obvious.  I still can’t believe that people would actually plan an attack like that, on innocent people.   And the forever change in people’s lives of the victims directly effected is extremely sad.  In my mind I can’t even go there.

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It didn’t take long to figure out the attacks were conducted by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda headed by Osama bin Laden. The group actually had people come to America to train in Florida to fly commercial air craft just to crash them.  And then carry out their plan to hijack four US commercial aircrafts and crash them into targets with innocent passengers aboard.   It’s disgusting.   It’s also amazing how it is possible for terrorists to get into our country and train for this without suspicion.

In the aftermath, I remember there being the decision of rebuilding and how to create a memorial.  The Freedom tower and twin tower memorial is amazing.  We visited the memorial 12 years after the attack.  Pictured above is one of the tower’s memorial.  It’s the footprint of where the building stood.  There is a very deep drop of water falling from the street level to a pool of water that diminishes into another pool in the center.  The names of people that lost their lives are engraved around the memorial.    Construction of Freedom tower, One World Trade Center was not even complete when we were there.  (It opened in 2014)

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Walking in Manhattan in the area of the trade centers and thinking of the chaos of the events that day is very surreal.

The attacks continue.  Even though Osama bin Laden was killed, islamic terrorist groups continue to carry out suicide attacks in other countries.  We don’t live in fear, however it is always a good idea to be aware of your surroundings.

I’m really fortunate to be able to live in this country.  When I think about life in the middle east it makes me sad to think of how women are treated and how the people have to live. I see the reports of how brutal the terrorist groups are.  Scary.  Today I pause to remember the victims, their families and appreciate the freedom that I have.

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