9/11/2013 Never Forget is heard throughout
our nation on the Anniversary of the attack by Al-Qaida
upon American soil . The attack on our country , without
warning , without a coherent reason , 3000 Americans gave their
life , many in the line of attempting to save others . I went
to an over pass near Bangor and Waved an American Flag
as cars went by. The number of cars
that were honking their horns was quite high , they cared and
they remembered .
I thought at first I was doing something special , then
it really occurred to me . So humbling to be part of the
experience of such strong positive emotion and honor because of
what others have done . The horns and approval were all
because of those brave souls who have put on uniforms , the
first responders, our military men , our Men and Women who
put their lives out there so we can live here with freedom and a
set of laws that protects those freedoms .
My son John who along with thousands who went to
Iraq and Afghanistan, some never to return , injured , scared
for life . We debate policies and politics , they defend them
all regardless . They do not decide the reasons , they are
there because of their Faith in the American people and a belief in
a Free America . 9/11 is a day we remember
those like my son , those who have passed away those who are
hurting , those with family that still live with memories and
what could have been .
God Bless America .
Received these two emails from my two oldest brothers . Both
lived in the suburbs of DC at the time . My brother Ken worked near
My brother John’s brother in law Paul Jurgens was a previously
decorated Port Authority officer for his rescue actions of an
airline disaster . He was a first responder . Our family lost
contact with him and requests for prayers went out throughout our
families. We watched the news and celebrated when the false reports
came out about rescues , only to go to sleep that night fearing the
worse yet still with some hope .
Paul was never found and is one of many first responders who
gave his life that day serving his fellow man .
From Jerry Sheldon
Sent Tuesday, September 11 ,2001
Just talked to Sue, ken is fine … he’s further uptown. Likely
will spend the night in the City .
Diane’s brother Pete is fine –he travels a lot out of Logan to
the West Coast and all over . Not today.
John was not too far from the pentagon when plane hit …he’s
From John Sheldon
Sent September 11, 2001
I work in Arlington,about 2 miles from the pentagon. My
workload was such ,this morning, that I decided to leave work about
at 8:45 and do my work at home.
While parallel to and within site of the Pentagon . I was
listening to the news about NYC and looked at the pentagon and saw
the huge fireball. I was able to get out of DC before the closures
and the surge of traffic.