September 11, 2007

9/11

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September 13, 2006

Pentagon - 9/11/06

Beautiful photo of the tribute I mentioned here.

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September 11, 2006

184 Beams of Light

The Pentagon has illuminated 184 beams from its courtyard, one for each person killed there on 9/11/2001. I was fortunate enough to see it early this morning as I drove by on my commute. Instead of all pointing straight up, they are arranged to shine at various angles. I couldn't discern any real pattern, but much of my attention was on the road and traffic, which was heavier than usual for an early Monday morning.

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Exhibit 13

Have you seen the Blue Man Group's short film about 9/11?

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Looking Back

Here's a link to the Rocket Jones 9/11 archives. I think they're worth checking out, if just to glimpse the mood of the country over the last five years.

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September 10, 2006

William E. Wilson - A 2996 Tribute

Updated

I don't remember where I first read about Project 2996, but I signed up immediately. I have the honor of writing this tribute to William E. Wilson.


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I didn't personally know William, but I've spent quite a bit of time over the last few weeks researching him and looking for clues about the man and his life. Details are sparse, but I do know that he was working at the World Trade Center on 9/11.

He was a marine insurance broker for Aon Corporation, and I believe he worked in Tower 2. Aon Corp occupied all of floors 98 to 105, as well as the 92nd floor. Aon had about 1,100 people in that building, and 176 of them died on that day.

William was 55 years old (58 according to some accounts), and his home was listed as the city itself. I can't imagine what it would be like to live in a city like New York, or to work in a building like the WTC.

I've read that he played golf, and to celebrate his 50th birthday he and his wife went on a golf cruise, where every day they would play a round of golf on a different island.

If William was a "turn the other cheek" kind of guy, I'd hope that he would understand the smouldering rage that I have for the perpetrators and conspirators of that vile attack. Like so many others that day, William E. Wilson was randomly murdered for reasons that only the uncivilized or insane might understand.

William, you've been in my thoughts a lot lately, as has your family. May you rest in peace, and may your family find peace as well.

Update: Be sure to visit Dawson's Danube, and his excellent tribute. Bill also drew William Wilson on the second go-round, and managed to uncover much more information about the man than I was able to.

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August 04, 2006

Forget, Hell

I'm a linking fool. I share all kinds of odd stuff found in the dusty corners of the internet. Once in a while though, I do offer up something more substantial, such as this:

2996 is a project organized by D.C. Roe, to have 2996 bloggers (!) all posting a tribute to a 9/11 victim (names are assigned) on September 11, 2006–the five-year anniversary. Right now there are 1187 blogs signed up, and there’s just over a month to go.

If you can, please sign up and help.

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September 10, 2004

A different kind of countdown

I've collected a bunch of World War II era magazine advertisements that I'll be posting in the days leading up to 9/11. The Allies then knew that they were in for a fight and they weren't going to quit until they'd won unconditionally. We need to remember that today.

I hope you enjoy these (in the extended entry). more...

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September 08, 2004

A different kind of countdown

I've collected a bunch of World War II era magazine advertisements that I'll be posting in the days leading up to 9/11. The Allies then knew that they were in for a fight and they weren't going to quit until they'd won unconditionally. We need to remember that today.

I hope you enjoy these (in the extended entry). more...

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September 07, 2004

A different kind of countdown

I've collected a bunch of World War II era magazine advertisements that I'll be posting in the days leading up to 9/11. The Allies then knew that they were in for a fight and they weren't going to quit until they'd won unconditionally. We need to remember that today.

I hope you enjoy these (in the extended entry). more...

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September 06, 2004

A different kind of countdown

I've collected a bunch of World War II era magazine advertisements that I'll be posting in the days leading up to 9/11. The Allies then knew that they were in for a fight and they weren't going to quit until they'd won unconditionally. We need to remember that today.

I hope you enjoy these (in the extended entry). more...

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September 05, 2004

A different kind of countdown

I've collected a bunch of World War II era magazine advertisements that I'll be posting in the days leading up to 9/11. The Allies then knew that they were in for a fight and they weren't going to quit until they'd won unconditionally. We need to remember that today.

I hope you enjoy these (in the extended entry). more...

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September 04, 2004

A different kind of countdown

I've collected a bunch of World War II era magazine advertisements that I'll be posting in the days leading up to 9/11. The Allies then knew that they were in for a fight and they weren't going to quit until they'd won unconditionally. We need to remember that today.

I hope you enjoy these (in the extended entry). more...

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September 03, 2004

A different kind of countdown

I've collected a bunch of World War II era magazine advertisements that I'll be posting in the days leading up to 9/11. The Allies then knew that they were in for a fight and they weren't going to quit until they'd won unconditionally. We need to remember that today.

I hope you enjoy these (in the extended entry). more...

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September 02, 2004

A different kind of countdown

I've collected a bunch of World War II era magazine advertisements that I'll be posting in the days leading up to 9/11. The Allies then knew that they were in for a fight and they weren't going to quit until they'd won unconditionally. We need to remember that today.

I hope you enjoy these (in the extended entry). more...

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September 01, 2004

A different kind of countdown

Last year I did a series of daily posts leading up to 9/11, each including a political cartoon on the subject. You can see the entire set here.

This year, I'll be doing something a little different, in that I've collected a bunch of World War II era magazine advertisements. The gung-ho sentiments are pretty in-your-face and America wasn't entirely united in their wartime stance. Still, the Allies knew that they were in for a fight and they weren't going to quit until they'd won unconditionally.

Each of these posts will be time stamped to stay at the top of the page for the day, so scroll on down for other new posts.

I hope you enjoy these (in the extended entry). more...

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September 11, 2003

A different kind of countdown

This insignia was officially adopted by the United States Air Force and was displayed on at least one aircraft from each squadron until September 11, 2002 in honor of the American Spirit.

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McScrew You Osama

I had lunch at McDonalds today. It just seemed like the right thing to do.

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Reason for optimism

Yesterday a video tape featuring Osama Bin Laden was released and displayed by the Aljazeera network. I’m sure this is causing much teeth gnashing and wailing among certain quarters, as well as joy and smugness in others. The timing of this tape was carefully planned, yet once again these terrorists have misplayed their cards.

I, for one, am glad for the reminder. I remember that Bin Laden has been in hiding for most of the last two years, to the point where his being seen on video is remarkable. I’m reminded that he’s been reduced to leaflets and occasional internet postings attributed to him. His voice heard on infrequent audio tapes is newsworthy.

I’m reminded that he stood arrogantly in his fortress Afghanistan and mocked the United States and her people, and now the regime that harbored him is no more. The people of that country are rebuilding themselves while struggling to distance themselves from the madness of his radical Islam.

I’m reminded that terrorist networks and financial dealings all over the world have been heavily interdicted. Muslim countries have realized the danger as bombs destroyed their fantasy that the terrorists were strictly anti-western. The terrorists are anti-everything except themselves.

I’m reminded that a disinterested American populace has come together and drawn strength from each other. That strength and resolve has been used to topple yet another despot. And when American soldiers marched into that country, the people there cheered and celebrated their freedom.

I honor the memory of those murdered on 9/11/01 in the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and that field in Pennsylvania. I honor the memory of those murdered in Bali, and those killed arresting the terrorists in Pakistan, and those killed by other bombs and attacks all over the world. I honor our soldiers, and those of our many allies.

I also celebrate the courage and strength of those who lived through that day, who directly assisted or indirectly helped in whatever way they could. I honor the policemen, firemen, rescue workers and ambulance drivers, the doctors and nurses, heroes all regardless of nationality or language spoken, that pitch in to right the wrongs inflicted by terrorism wherever it happens.

To those who think we should get over it, I suggest that you should think about the message intended by this latest Bin Laden tape. They hope to intimidate America with their bluster, but the desperation of their situation comes through despite their threatening words. Since that day two years ago, they’ve scurried into the dark corners of the world, afraid to openly show themselves for fear of eradication. They talk the talk, but Uncle Sam and his Allies have walked the walk.

This tape was to remind us that we’re supposed to be scared.

I’m reminded that we’re not done winning this war yet.

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Images

If you're not interested in (mostly) American symbols of patriotism and remembrance of this day, then please scroll past this message. For those who are still reading, below is a collection of 31 different images relating to 9/11, celebrating 'western' values and the American spirit. There are at least a couple that could be described as international in nature.

If you'd like to put one of these on your blog or website, go for it. In fact, I encourage it*. Tell your friends too.

The images are in the extended entry, click it to see them.

* I'm the collector only, none of these images are mine. Some are copyrighted, and should be used unaltered except for size. more...

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