Sunday, September 11th, 2022

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If you get there and the Waffle House is closed? That's really bad... - Craig Fugate, Former Head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency

9/11/2022 10:28 am | | Tags: natural disaster

From Facebook: September 11th, 2015

I originally posted this to my Facebook seven years ago. Reposting here as my memorial for today. I'm also taking the opportunity to edit it some.

Another year, another time to remember an event that changed my life, my country, and my world. 9/11 was just a little over a month before I turned 18.

I'll never forget going into one of my classes, it was English,which was Mr. Halbeck's English class. The class was... sure, we were at this appoint aware of what was going on, but we were teenage kids and we didn't fully grasp the reality of it. It was on TV and we were upset but we weren't really upset, yet. This terrible thing was happening miles away, sure it was in America, but we were in Florida and it was happening in New York. People were talking and chatting and the news was on but most of us weren't in shock.

I saw Mr. Halbeck sitting at his desk with his head in his hands and a look of utter shock on his face, and I naively asked him, "Are you okay Mr. Halbeck?" He turned to me and said, "Are you?"

It was his two words which brought the weight of this event crashing down around me. It was the day the world changed for me and my generation.

9/11/2022 5:54 pm | | Tags: archived writing, 9/11, us history

"There is nothing to remember"

Anil Dash is a tech entrepreneur in NYC. He also happens to be an American of middle eastern descent. Both mean that 9/11 held a very impactful place on his life.

He's written annually about 9/11 and what it has meant to him as an American and as someone with brown skin. His commentary also delves into how the day has been used both as a reason to be assaulted by someone else, as well as a talking point for politicians, and less about the truth and the actual event as it occurred.

9/11/2022 10:19 pm | | Tags: us history, 9/11, racism

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