On 9-11, 2011, I wrote this blog. I felt that today, I would like to revisit what was written this many years ago and view a video of the ordinary people of New York who reached out to save thousands from the disaster of an attack by terrorists.
While watching on C-Span, the honors given to those who were passengers on Flight 93 in Pennsylvania, I was impressed that there is a church just down the road from the site where the plane went down. The members of this church go there on a daily basis to stand and pray for those buried where their bodies are now entombed where the plane crashed. They have promised that this tribute will continue.
There were brave men and women on this flight over Pennsylvania. . Considering where the other planes crashed and the knowledge that they had from phone calls about the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, they believed that Flight 93 was headed to crash into the nation’s Capitol building to destroy a symbol of a free America and everyone in it. They voted to fight back and not let the terrorist take the plane. It has been said many times about the fact that they took a VOTE was “the American thing to do.”
At the Pentagon and the Twin Towers, other planes had already done their evil deeds. Ordinary citizens dropped everything they were doing to rescue those trying to flee this terrible disaster. Here is the story of two BOAT LIFTS…9-11 and Dunkirk during WW II.
“Few people know that the all-volunteer boat lifts, that happened on 9-11 in Manhattan, NY, were greater lifts than the boats of Dunkirk during World War II. 339,000 soldiers were rescued over 9 days at Dunkirk. An amazing operation. The boat lifts of civilians on 9-11 in the NY harbor were over 500,000 in just 9 hours. It is a reminder of another boat lift in history:
“May 1940, during the battle of France, the British Expeditionary Force in France aiding the French, were cut off from the rest of the French Army by the German advance. Encircled by the Germans they retreated to the area around the port of Dunkirk. The German land forces could have easily destroyed the British expeditionary force, especially when many of the British troops, in their haste to withdraw, had left their heavy equipment. For some unexplained and still unknown reason, Adolf Hitler ordered the German army to stop the attack, favoring bombardment by the Luftwaffe…This lull in the action gave the British a few days to evacuate by sea. Winston Churchill ordered any ship or boat available, large or small, to pick up the stranded soldiers, and 338,226 men (including 120,000 French soldiers) were evacuated – the miracle of Dunkirk, as Churchill called it. It took over 900 vessels to evacuate the Allied forces…The British evacuation of Dunkirk through the English Channel was code-named Operation Dynamo. Churchill’s skill in turning a defeat into a political victory is now remembered in the phrase ‘Dunkirk’ spirit, to describe making the best of a bad situation.
The US Coast Guard, The U.S. Merchant Marine and the private boats available on 9-11 were definitely “Making the best of a bad situation”! They were resolute and fast. In fact, one boat was even named “Resolute”
As did Winston Churchill at Dunkirk, the US Coast Guard made the call for all boats to Manhattan Island. Hundreds of boats answered that call. They did not know if their boat would be blown out of the water with more attacks to come. They just went. They answered with bravery and action.
This is what Americans are made of. It is deep at the core of who we are. One boatman said, ” They looked like zombies“, pouring out of the buildings covered in ash. There were children; people in wheelchairs, executives and more. “Just help me” was all they wanted. “Take me anywhere off this island.”
We have just remembered the 19th anniversary of 9-11. To those who ran to the docks, it will be forever etched in their memories. For the boat captain, who dropped everything and came, a simple “Thank You” moved him to tears. The history and determination of the great boat rescues of Dunkirk and Manhattan Island are forever linked.“
This was a day of great American unity. People helping people. One blind man was trying to find his way down the stairs of the Twin Towers. He was disoriented. A fireman yelled to businessmen, “Take care of that guy!” They did. They never let go of him, or panicked for their own sake, until they got him to the street below.
This is what Americans can be in all circumstances, whether it is a Pandemic, Fires out of control or some other disaster. DIVISION, whether political or personal, will never accomplish what people did TOGETHER on 9-11. This is what the enemies of freedom would like for Americans to do…go against each other! They would also like to see a divided world for their own sick purposes. Let the courage of 9-11 be a lesson to us all.
Hopefully, you will always remember to fly your flag every 9-11 in honor of all those who died and the first responders who gave so much…even their lives in sickness from what they worked around in the towers. The flag is also a reminder that America will not tolerate terrorists? As the years roll by, it is a date we WILL NOT forget.
Blessings, from Boyer Writes.
SPECIAL VIDEO Turn on your sound (shared with me by Gayle Olson in 2011)
Being a country girl from North Carolina, I sometimes go back to my roots…shed the classical music that I love…and listen to the songs or Southern words of a “Good Old Boy…or Man.”
Here is one for you with the salute to the many States of the United States and the freedom that we enjoy. It is no wonder that so many from so far want to be a part of the “Land of the Free.”
Are we perfect?…by no means, but what we don’t like we can say so without the threat of being locked up to suffer alone with no way out.
Are we always “united” in all ways?…no, but we still are the United States of America…with all the diversity that can be in one land.
Our thanks to our forefathers who came from countries around the world to search for a new way of life…away from dictators to their lives and from persecution for their faith. Our thanks to our brave men and women who stand ready to defend this country against all foes. For those Americans who have given everything in foreign lands to maintain freedom for all, we give them our heart’s gratitude and our prayers.
Today I give you, the reader, a tribute and a pledge to MY BEAUTIFUL AMERICA by Charlie Daniels.
We, at Boyer Writes, wish all the lovers of FREEDOM and those who have served to give us lasting freedom, a very HAPPY 4TH of JULY!
Enjoy Music by: Jenny Oaks Baker is a Grammy-nominated American violinist and pianist, Condoleezza Rice who served as the 66th U.S. Secretary of State. Rice was the first female African-American to serve in this position. She also was the second female to serve as the National Security Advisor, after Madeleine Albright. (Wikipedia)
Put down your phones…and give this some thought. This post is especially for the young people of our country.
When you look at older people in a restaurant or some other place, what do you see? Would it occur to you, as a young person, that this person may have made it possible for you to sit there playing with your phone? Yes, I know all the Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin (and more) founders are young. However, I’m not talking about them. I am talking about those who didn’t become rich, but gave their all for us and liberty.
What do I mean? I’m going to tell you because it is possible that you have missed knowing some of the greatest people in the world because you have not learned the art of asking questions. What kind of questions? Something like….”What did you do when you were my age and didn’t have cell phones?” That person with the grey hair and a limp may have something very interesting to share with you. In fact, it could change your life more than anything you might see or learn on social media.
Another thought ran through my mind as I began to write this post. A neighbor’s husband had passed away. She had a set of encyclopedias that belonged to a distant relative who would have experienced World War II. They were written in German. When asked about them, I heard a story of a family who emigrated to America after the horrors of that war. She said that none of her children wanted any of the things that were part of their history.
I have been hearing this statement many time recently…that the young families don’t want anything that belonged to Grandma or Grandpa…or even their own parents. Why? It is “old stuff.” Is family history not as important to our youth and their parents as their cell phones?
You will notice that I have mentioned electronics several times. This is because more often than not families who have gone out to spend time together are rarely doing so. The children are playing their games or texting. The parents are checking emails or answering their phones. Little time is actually spent talking to one another. Don’t get me wrong. Cell phones have their place, but I would encourage you to put them down for a while and experience life around you. If you know an older person, ask a few questions that will give you special insight into life. They are often the brave who left everything to keep us a free nation.
When I took students to Auschwitz in Poland, the one thing they learned was this…“Those who do not remember history will live it over again.” Too much was sacrificed to let that happen. Young people, there have been many sacrifices for you. I hope you are asking right now…what do you mean?
- Men and women fought and died to prevent aggression into our country. They are still doing that.
- Men, such as Dr. Martin L. King Jr., fought to give all people civil rights.
- Mothers and fathers have worked hard to give you the things of life that you need. That may include your cell phone…but food and a warm bed are more important. Remember that you are not entitled, but blessed.
By the way, if you see a person wearing a uniform or a hat that reads where they served, don’t be shy. Go right up to them and say, “Thank you for your service.” That will make their day…especially coming from a young person. This also includes policemen, medics and fire fighters.
In the video below, you are going to hear a song about an Old Army Hat. There may be one in your house or it could be an American flag neatly folded and displayed in a wooden box. Ask about it. There is a story there. Then, if you must, use your phone and tell someone about what you have learned…or better still, tell them face to face. That way they can see you smile and point to something important to you and your family history. If your family member with the grey hair is still living, let fly the questions. I bet you’ll get amazing answers that could change your life.
VIDEO (turn up sound)
America was built by the courageous who wanted freedom. It has been continued by the courageous who have shed their blood and lives to maintain freedom. Americans must decide on being courageous if freedom will last. Don’t forget from where we have come and remember that the future depends on the now.
On the week of the 4th of July…2016, we thank God for our freedoms. We celebrate our Independence Day…fought and won from one of our present day strongest allies, the United Kingdom. We honor the men who had the vision for a place to live, worship, and govern as we wanted ..and for those through the years who have died to keep that freedom.
So how did it exactly happen? When were we first able to criticize our government? Perhaps this video gives us a little understanding of the history of our Declaration of Independence and the cost to make this a country of freedoms.
Whether you are an American or live elsewhere, we at Boyer Writes wish a HAPPY 4TH TO ALL OUR READERS! Long live freedom!
Recently Mayor Nutter of Philadelphia gave an address to the people of his city. It is certainly memorable with many values that people of all races grew up with and believe in today. Take the time to listen to him. It may be an important message for many cities around America and countries where violence and the idiotic runs rampant. It has nothing to do with style, but the attitudes and disrespect of our world citizens. Parents take heed.
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Bill and I would like to share with you some of the most beautiful places in the United States....the Bryce and Zion Canyons of Utah. May the cool, clear air of Autumn be a blessing to you all. We're certainly ready for some of it here in Florida.
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August 31, 2010, the President of the United States will speak on the official ending of the Iraq war.
No matter what he has to say or what he will predict about Iraq’s future …or the continuing war in Afghanistan, he can not capture in a speech the suffering that has taken place.
Starting with the tears shed by those who lost loved ones on the USS Cole and in the towers on 9-11, the tears continue. Each day families in Iraq lose loved ones . Every week our finest young men and women are brought home to a waiting honor guard. Thousands are still in harm’s way.
I have decided to share some of the pictures that we have seen throughout the war. It may help us remember that this war, as are all others, is definitely a hell.
There is no way to speak to the grief that has been and will continue to be suffered. We are free Americans because of the bravery of soldiers throughout the world who fought in the World Wars. That freedom is in jeopardy by those who would try to take it away; setting up their own brand of enslavement.
God’s blessings to a world that is trying to find its way.
However, I think our fellow Americans may be in such danger on the border of this country, that we may be at a critical turning point.
Our troops are coming home from Iraq. That is a good thing, but they may someday be needed in Arizona and in other border states. The drug cartels tell us that it is the USA’s fault (drug consumption) that they are pushing their drugs northward and murdering ranchers. As a teacher of history, I agree with the last statement given on this video by the Professor Terry J. Lovell, who is begging for help. It is worth your viewing.
Along with the dead of many wars, our soldiers are lovingly placed in the graves of their homeland, the United States of America. The story of how Memorial Day began may not be known to everyone. Below is a short history:
Ceremony At Columbus , Mississippi Inspired Memorial Day
America has remembered its war dead since 1776. But the remembrance did not take official form until after the Civil War.
( For our international readers: The War between the North and South in the USA. The North were the Union troops, the Blue and the South, the Grey, were the Confederates.)
And the event which most historians credit as the first step toward national observance occurred before the guns were silenced in a Confederate cemetery holding the fallen of both North and South.
It came suddenly in two furious days of bloodshed at Shiloh Church, just across the border in Tennessee.
Then it passed on, leaving behind its legacy of death.
Some of the dead were taken to Columbus, Mississippi to be buried amid the rolling, magnolia-scented hills on an 18-acre plot once used by the Odd Fellows Lodge as a recreation ground.
Now it was April 1863. The agony of Shiloh was a year in the past. But it remained fresh in the minds of a small group of Southern women who moved quietly among the graves in the hastily prepared cemetery.
Led by Miss Matt Morton, they scattered spring flowers on the graves of the Southern soldiers who had died in their defense.
Then someone found two Union graves. The women placed flowers on them, too, and quietly they went away.
This weekend many will gather to hear a tribute to our soldiers who died in all wars. There will be music, speeches, prayers and salutes to give them the honor they deserve. Without them, we would not be the free and united country that we are today. Thank you to all the military, their families, and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice…their lives.
See the video tribute shown previously, but worth viewing again.
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It occurred to me, when receiving this video, that we are totally lop-sided in our understanding of the suffering of people in our country. There are problems …a disaster on the Gulf…a chance of hurricanes to make it worse…but there are those this very minute in Tennessee trying to pull their lives back together. This is the Bible belt. These are the hard-working people of the hills. Neither should these people be forgotten. What little they have left, they are pulling together to restore and clean up The video below gives a better understanding of a disaster that has long been lost in the media. In their words, “We’ll carry on!”
My sister and brother-in-law just got an email, with pictures, which they forwarded to us. These pictures should have made the news headlines, but of course they have not…so I felt it my duty to pass this along to my readers. There is no bias here, simply pictures and the truth….for us to consider. Below is a portion of the email.
“Hey everyone out there!,
We, in Arizona , know you’re boycotting us — but you really should come out here and see our Beautiful Sonoran Desert .
It’s just gorgeous right now! We know you’d love it and maybe you can share what you saw with the rest of the country so they can love it too!
This is one of many ‘illegal super – highways’ from Mexico to the USA ( Tucson ) used by human smugglers.
This area is located in a wash, approximately 1.5 miles long, just south of Tucson , Arizona . If a
flood came, all this would be washed to the river and then onto the sea!
It is estimated over 5,000 discarded backpacks are in this wash alone. Countless water containers,
food wrappers, clothing, feces, including thousands of soiled baby diapers. And as you can
see in this picture, fresh footprints leading right into it.
As we kept walking down the wash, we thought for sure it was going to end, but around
every corner was more and more trash!
And of course the trail leading out of the wash in our city, heads directly NORTH to Tucson ,
then leads to your town tomorrow.They’ve already come through here.
Isn’t Arizona just beautiful, America ?
Why would you boycott us???
Our desert has basically been turned into a landfill
Millions of tons of trash!!!!!
Disaster to hit the USA .
If these actions had been done in one of our Northwest Forests or Seashore National Parks areas, there would be an uprising of the American people…..but this is the Arizona-Mexican border and northward.
You won’t see these pictures on CNN, ABC, NBC or the Arizona Republic Repugnant newspaper.
Nor, will they mention the disease that comes from the uncovered human waste left in our desert….”
(from Boyer Writes) Now, we know…and see…even though we are in the beautiful state of Florida. Perhaps our government leaders in D.C. should take a stroll down this lane. Thank you writer.
Refusing to give anyone his gun to kill black people of Rosewood, one man said he would not have his ” hands wet with blood”.
With a fever-pitch, this small town in Florida had gone from peaceful to a terrible blood bath. The reason? One woman lied about being attacked by a black man.
This was the south…the deep south. Slavery was no longer, but slavery in the hearts and segregation drew deep lines of tension and suspension between the races. Hard working blacks, then called “colored” worked in the timber mills and the pencil factory of Cedar Key. Many blacks were Masons and had black churches of faith. They were land owners in a predominately black community. The white people had moved to Sumner, Florida.
Blood revenge; stringing up from the nearest tree, or running blacks into the alligator, mosquito-ridden swamp was the order of the day. For those who lived through this terrible period of history, it is hard to imagine the difference in opportunities for all races today…including their own. Those were frightening, terror-filled hours. Houses were burned. Children saw their parents murdered and the white people of the area were drawn into this dangerous time.
Few understood the effect that it would have on generations to come. Few cared. Few looked past the moment. Only those who refused to take part could walk away from such a disaster with some sense of dignity. But the community guilt was still there. Every black person was driven out or left Rosewood.
Years later, Florida became the first in the nation to compensate victims of Racial violence. “The legislature passed and Florida Governor, Lawton Chiles, signed the Rosewood Compensation Bill, a $2.1 million package to compensate survivors and their descendants. Seven survivors and their family members were present at the signing to hear Chiles say,
“Because of the strength and commitment of these survivors and their families, the long silence has finally been broken and the shadow has been lifted…
Instead of being forgotten, because of their testimony, the Rosewood story is known across our state and across our nation. Now, across the world. This legislation assures that the tragedy of Rosewood will never be forgotten by the generations to come.”
May it be a reminder everywhere that there can be light…even in darkness…if people will do what is right regardless of the terrible wrongs.
Every so often, my husband and I like to venture into a part of Florida known as Old Florida. It is entirely different from the commercial Disney World type places that most people of the world think of.
It is quiet…a laid-back part of country life that appeals to us. Often it is a place with large live oaks, palmetto bushes, winding trails and the country folk that are the down- to- earth backbone of our nation. Such a place we visited a few days ago.
Traveling through Ocala; on to Rosewood (the subject of another writing soon), and over the Gulf of Mexico is a non-changing little town of Cedar Key.
Nothing is spectacular there. The buildings date back to earlier days and lean a little to the side. The newer places have not had the experience of a Florida Hurricane to give them the falling over appearance, but give them time!
If you are an adventure seeker, looking for the bright spots and excitement of a large city, you will not find it at Cedar Key. You will find nature, the wide blue waters of the Gulf lapping gently at the shore. The sunsets are pink and the country music fills the air from the local tavern. It is a place to bike or walk and to say, “howdy”.
The following slide presentation will give you a better understanding of this Old Florida town, if you have never been to Cedar Key. Don’t be in a hurry…they aren’t. Click on the presentation below.
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They came to these shores from around the world. They came for a better life. They bled and died for freedom. Every nationality…every color of skin… now all Americans. They work and pray for the children to follow them. We are Americans. Freedom and equality are our most precious resources.
at what we have, even in the tough times! So many around the world would give all for this freedom….to speak out…to rally….to vote….and to pass along this hope. Many die around the world, as they take to the streets, to have what we have that others paid for with their blood. We must not become complacent.