The Hole in Our Hearts

Imagine working beside someone who was ten years old on this fateful day in 2001. Someone who had only heard what teachers and yammering talking-heads have said throughout their school years. Not someone who lost someone that day. Or knew others who lost friends, spouses, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, co-workers, the cute girl at the coffee shop, or an entire firehouse of brave fireman.

America, America. My tears are for thee.

My day today is filled with senseless meetings. My phone will buzz with the annual reminders to reflect on our losses – of Flight 11 at 8:46, Flight 75 at 9:03, Flight 77 at 9:37, the South Tower collapse at 9:59, Flight 93 at 10:07, and the North Tower collapse at 10:28. I will be quiet and distracted. The meeting leaders will wonder what’s going on in my insignificant little life that my phone is suddenly rattling away.

From the 9/11/13 post:

Despite the sadness, and the blustery misdirection of politicos and media hounds, remember those who died this day at the hands of terrorist Islamists that our government now secretly embraces.

Georgia lost four sons that day:

  • Claude Michael Gann of Roswell, whose tribute you can find here. Mike was recently remarried and attending a conference at Windows on the World.
  • Major Stephen V. Long of Georgia, whose tributes you can find here and here. Already a war hero, he was at his post at the Pentagon when it was attacked.
  • Maynard S. Spence Jr of Douglasville, whose tribute you can find here. He was on the 99th floor of the second tower.
  • Harshad Sham Thatte of Norcross, whose Legacy page is here. He worked for the same company as Mr. Spence, Marsh & McLennan.

Teach your children and grandchildren what happened that day. Never, ever forget.

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