so in meeting some new paper craft women tonight - they all have school age children. we are going through our calendars, coordinating some meetings for the next few months. they begin talking about school activities. one of the women is German, born in Mexico and only recently moved to the states - and she asks - "what was the holiday today? or was it yesterday? the kids had to dress in red, white and blue. patriotic day?" we all look at each other puzzled and consider flag day - but know that to be sometime early summer - so we are all puzzled. she says - "no - it was patriot's day? this not an American holiday?" we looked at each other again - and it dawned on me - that is right, today is Patriot's Day. 9.11. - did you hear me? NINE.ELEVEN. for those of us not directly reflected, do we already forget? i felt ashamed to be an American. i woke up today with that same odd, like the earth is off balance feeling like i do every year on this day - i reflected and recounted this morning while i had my coffee. it felt off. but do you believe, by the end of the day - i was unaffected? shame on me. and shame on any of you other Americans who completely forgot what today was all about. PATRIOT'S DAY. it's on the newer calendars. why the HELL isn't it a federal holiday? again - often times - embarrassed to be an American.

take a moment, hell - take hours - learn - realize what it must have been like. to be there. to lose someone. don't be shameful. remember it each and every year. every day. our boys and girls are over there fighting for us. for what? so we can forget? nope. never again. not me.

Patriot's Day - as told to me by a Mexico City born German girl.

think on it.


Gigi said...

That was quite a lesson to learn from the Mexico City born German girl! It's true though, I think MANY Americans have forgotten....sad, but true.

ellen said...

i like Patriot's Day, i like the sound of that. I refuse to believe so many americans have forgotten. I pray they haven't. glad to see you back to bloggin'! how you feelin'?

Holly said...

I certainly haven't forgotten...I never will. I think about it EVERY day, as my husband is in Afghanistan right now. I agree...it should be a federal holiday. It is certainly the most significant historical moment in all of my lifetime. Glad to see someone else took the time to reflect yesterday...sometimes it seems that as the years go by, those not directly affected by it seem to let 9/11 gradually slip into the back of their minds. Glad to see you're back to blogging too! :0)

Holly said...

Thanks for the kind comments on my blog, Shelley. You have no idea how much that means to me. :0) Hope you're having a great week!

Anonymous said...

Do you remember how frighten you were that day? That image of the twin towers going down is seared into my brain. Unbelieveable, but oh so real. I do so hope they get Bin Laden...want him strung up! and I am so not a violent person.


Holly Terra said...

i agree, fiend-
Love ya lots,

Anonymous said...

i concur: "why the HELL isn't it a federal holiday?" it should be. it wouldn't hurt 'm or any of us. i can't forget about this. i was in the philippines (hello... muslims everywhere there) with my entire family when we saw our computer screen with blazing buildings in disaster. then the following the day, the airlines had shut down all connections: we thought we'd be stuck there...... i knew that it was one of the most life changing occurrences.

Tricia said...

I'll never forget that day. I still remember where I was and what time it was and by the time I drove 20 minutes to work...the second plane hit. DH and I tried to get on a team to go to NY for medical help since we both have medical backgrounds but were told they had plenty. Several of our hospitals sent care packages to the medical teams in the area as well.

I still haven't made it to the site. I live VERY far from NY, but I love America and love being an American and living very VERY close oil refineries and a "holding" facility manned with machine gun armed security we face heightened alerts anytime something happens. I will never forget those who lost their lives and I will never forget the families who have suffered from all of this.

Holly...my DH is a contract worker in Iraq and left 6 months after the war began. I will pray for your DH's safety! Hugs!