I’m a person who is calm and focused in an emergency and only cries afterward. It’s difficult for me in these years after the facts of 9/11 to watch the re-enactments from the tragedies because I feel compelled during them to level orders at people — potential victims — to get-moving, get-out, pull it together but go. I’m a person who gets incredibly calm and focused and controlling in an emergency and only ruminates about — and cries, if I do — the events afterward.
But tears flow a little less on this eleven-year anniversary of the hideous, horrible events of September 11, 2001 but not for lack of feeling or emotion about the tragedies of that date and afterward but because the emotions about those tragedies have become moving in the direction of recovery and reconstruction. I doubt any tears could ever be absent, however, when considering the events from 9/11/01; however, rebuilding lives and infrastructure along with security functions and policies designed to thwart any future, awful repetition of the events have today become our nation’s focus, as well all that should be. The lives lost and tragedies experienced by survivors and families of those lost will never be of minimal concern, however.
Every year prior to this one, since 9/11, as participation in the recurring, annual event of “Project 2996,” I have honored one specific person who lost his life on that day: Joseph Angelini, Sr., who, as a fireman with Manhattan’s Rescue 1, perished in the fall of the World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001 along with his son, Joseph Angelini, Jr., from Manhattan Ladder Co. 4.
This year, it feels like they are at peace as are their families and that memorializing should be directed toward honoring our freedoms and our national worth as all were attacked and maligned by the ugliest, most warped and diseased intents and acts of others.
So let us never forget the events of 9/11 but along with the overwhelming tragedies of that day as to human lives lost and damaged, let us cherish those who served others as did both Mr. Angelini, Sr. and his son, Mr. Angelini, Jr. along with so many more like them and let us learn from those events as never before at just what price our nation’s productivity and our individual lives as citizens here come. The attacks of 9/11 against us all were not from friends, but from enemies and as enemies, what they hated were our accomplishments and achievements. Unfortunately, more among that kind who continue that same hate are still among us on this planet and even here in this nation, stewing their terrible plans, and it is surely a fight we continue against such hatred.
I remember 9/11 and it still, to this day, sparks something in me that approaches fury. God says that vengeance is His, and so, I let the trend toward fury go but I will never not remember why: “overcome evil”.
New American Standard Bible
1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
3 For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. 4 For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; 7 if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; 8or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; 11 not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, 13 contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. 17 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. 19 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord. 20 “BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Bible Gateway (above quote from edition New American Standard; this site, however, provides all Bible editions with respective translations of versus).
Bravest Memorial: Joseph Angelini, Sr. – a site “dedicated to all the 343 active and 3 retired firefighters who redefined the word, ‘hero’” with memorials for each, including the Two Joes.
9/11 HEROES: I HONOR JOSEPH ANGELINI, SR.
Sep 11th, 2010
HONORING THE VICTIMS OF 9/11
Sep 11th, 2009
Sep 11th, 2006
Earlier Post, Related:
REMEMBER THIS: A PILOT’S JOURNAL FROM 9/11
- from this site on September 11, 2006, a reprint of a story told by a pilot from the day of September 11, 2001
Bible remnant found in debris of fallen Twin Towers, sealed fast by the intense heat and pressure of the destruction to a shard of steel, open to passage of God’s request about “retaliation,” and why we should withhold it, at least by equal method. To truly retaliate, you “turn the other cheek,” or so it can be interpreted, you confront evil with authority: God and faith in God is that authority.
The passage presented miraculously in that Bible passage is from the New Testament, Matthew 5: 38-42. But, there is more to Matthew 5, as follows:
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. 40 If anyone wants to sue you and take your [a]shirt, let him have your [b]coat also. 41 Whoever [c]forces you to go one mile, go with him two. 42 Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may [d]be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?
This holy instruction from God directly contradicts the Quran, which demands “an eye for an eye” for perceived wrongs, imaginary or real, which very often in Islam involve taking another’s life or ruining parts of their bodies to the extent of their eventual demise (either way, the intent is the same, to take the life of another for perceived insults).