Saturday, September 12, 2009

There are three dates in history I will always remember.
April 19, 1995 - The Oklahoma City bombing.

May 3rd, 1999 - tornadoes in and around OKC. I will never forget the green sky that turned to black as night fell, hiding in my closet with my terrified catin her carrier and praying for my family in OKC.

September 11, 2001 - World Trade Center attacks
Where were you 9-11-01? I was at work for Dr. Jones. We had a teeny tiny tv on in the waiting room and happened to have it on Good Morning America. I remember watching that tv for hours that day. Work? No one worked in that office that day. We were all glued to the television watching the news as more and more horrible tragedies occurred, hoping and praying that more people would make it out alive. Dr. Jones went out and bought a bigger tv on our lunch break so we could see it better. I will never forget that day. Why is it only that we remember that on the anniversary of 9-11? I will never forget.
I can't believe it's been eight years since the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Eight years! Why is there still no monument or building at ground zero?
As Glenn Beck said today:

Are you telling me that eight years is too little time, in America today, to construct a high-rise building? Is this the really the best we can do?

When we built the Empire State Building, construction began on March 17, 1930. After 57,000 tons of steel, 3,400 workers and just 400 days, it opened on May 1, 1931.

The Hoover Dam, a 1,200-foot long and 700-foot tall concrete dam in the middle of nowhere, was started in 1931 and finished just five years later. Over 100 people died building it.

When Americans want to do something, we find a way to get it done. It's who we are or at least it's who we were.

These two events happened in the 1930s; do we have less imagination now? Do we have less technology than we did in 1930? Less spirit or drive?

We've been waiting eight years now for the new Freedom tower and we still have a hole in the ground. Four hundred days to build the Empire State Building and 2,920 days to have this?


I believe if it were up to you or me, the Freedom Tower would have been done years ago and it would be towers — not tower — because we would have built both of them the way they were before, except they would have been better and stronger and my guess is they would have been 25 stories taller. And have a big, fat "come and try that again" sign on top. We would have built it with our bare hands if we had to because that's what Americans do. We fail or we face a crisis and we make things better.

Anybody besides me feel that deserves an Amen?


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Anonymous said...

I was just thinking about this on Friday as well. I will never forget April 19th, May 3rd or Sept 11th.


Anonymous said...

I think the same thing everytime I see the beautiful serene OKC Memorial. New Yorker's need a place to go to reflect too.