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Thursday, September 11, 2008

September 11th



Anonymous Michigan Man said...

Morning Carolyn.

Very nice tribute to the fallen.

Hopes and Prayers to all.

September 11, 2008 at 5:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I lost my mom this year and today
would of been her 85th birthday..
She loved Big Brother and reality
TV... Prayers go out to all the
victims of 9/11 and a big Happy
Birthday Mom.. I love and miss you!!

September 11, 2008 at 6:00 AM  
Blogger CakeGirl5 said...

Good Morning Carolyn and Michigan Man!!

Wow! What a beautiful picture - gave me chills!

September 11, 2008 at 6:03 AM  
Blogger Pat said...

Good monring Carolyn and all

As I sit here watching the tribute to 09-11 I can not think of all the lives lost. As I was just a block away from the WTC I saw first hand what a horrendous sigght it was. My office building is the only building still standing with severe damage. We have since located to the Times Square area.

My thoughts and prayers to all.

September 11, 2008 at 6:11 AM  
Anonymous Johnny Tremz said...

I ask all the readers of this blog to say an extra prayer for Alex Coladonato and his family on this day.

Thank you and god bless.

September 11, 2008 at 6:20 AM  
Blogger Paul708 said...

Good Morning! Nice tribute. :-(

September 11, 2008 at 6:20 AM  
Blogger thezanyone said...

*bows head in a moment of reflective silence*

love to all.

September 11, 2008 at 6:20 AM  
Blogger Stephen Ritchie said...

...and the family, friends and loved ones they left behind.

My law school is just blocks from ground zero... it is very somber in the air here today! :-)

September 11, 2008 at 6:33 AM  
Anonymous Gabriella Marie said...

thank you for the beautiful picture..
we will never forget..

New York, NY

September 11, 2008 at 6:35 AM  
Blogger Alice said...

Good Morning Carolyn Darlin.

This is the end of the Renegades acting days. Once they get Jerry out, they can stop acting.

Thanks for the wonderful 9-11 picture.

September 11, 2008 at 6:36 AM  
Blogger CarmenCita said...

Good morning Carolyn and company
My condolences to those who lost loved ones on this day 7 yrs ago...
But I have cause 2 celebrate because that was the day I gave birth to my beautiful daughter Amaya.
On a day of such horror and heartache I was able to experience such a blessing and for that I am truly greatful!

September 11, 2008 at 6:41 AM  
Anonymous FL-CHICK said...

Good Morning Caroline & all,

Beautiful tribute!

Prayers for Alex Coladonato & family.

Prayers for all in the path of Ike..

A moment of silence and prayers for all who lost their lives 7 years ago!

God Bless America!

And God Bless the Dish Chicks!

September 11, 2008 at 6:41 AM  
Anonymous Lynn Peterborough Ontario Canada said...

today i set asise a few minutes to remember not only the 24 canadians who were lost that day but to remember all who were lost. This tradgedy can not happen again,
I also remember the 98 candians who have been lost fighting the terrorists and remember everyone else who has lost their loves trying to rid the world of such evils.
Time heals some wounds, but the heart will never forget. Today lets just try a little harder to be excepting of others even thou we may not agree.
Hold ur family close today, call a friend just to say ur still there for them. Rid urself of grudges u may be holding, Life is to short to take the people arond u for granted,

God Bless Canada and the US, Watch over all of the service men and women , bring them all home soon and safely

September 11, 2008 at 6:41 AM  
Anonymous Bess said...

Thank you for reminding us what this day means to our country!

September 11, 2008 at 6:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Carolyn....

In the midst of all the madness it's important for us all to take a moment to reflect, remember and continue our prayers for peace...

Pat - as a fellow NY'er I know what you are going through...we are located at Hudson and Houston, 24 blocks north, and its amazing to me that the memories of that day are still so vivid 7 years later...

Love to all....

~ hockeymom ~

( and ps - Yaaaaaaayyyyyyy for Travis and the greatest American Dog, Pressley! )

September 11, 2008 at 6:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for your tribute. Those of us who are Americans know that we are Americans first, none more than another.

September 11, 2008 at 6:53 AM  
Blogger Stephen_Nalley said...

Good Morning My Fellow Americans,

We sit and watch as the names of over 3000 names are read from New York To the Pentagon, To a lonely field in Shanksville Pennslyvannia and we remember...like those before us remember the Kennedy Assassination, or those who witnessed the Challenger Disaster we all remember where we were on that tragic day.

We remember the slow rage that built across the nation, as information rolled across our televisions...we remember as we watched the Towers crumble before us...and we Never Forget!

Our hearts and prayers to all those who lost loved ones in our national tragedy...And GOD BLESS AMERICA

September 11, 2008 at 6:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My deepest sympathies to Anon at 6:00. My mother is also 85 and I know that each day is a gift.
One year she forgot for a moment that she "hates reality t.v." and watched BB with me, and loved it!

September 11, 2008 at 6:57 AM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

Morning everyone...

I need more than a moment today.

I'll be back around 6:30pm eastern and start posting for the day then..

September 11, 2008 at 7:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good morning everyone..."we remember, we will always remember""

Ya know...the moment I woke up this morning and my feet hit the floor all I've "felt" and carried within my thoughts today is...this is the day...a day every single one of us..."feel" connected and send healing energies through prayer for the ones whose lives were forever changed from their physical loss and deepest of grief.

Before I came over to this site I was watching Good morning America and reading via internet and I came across this...

"On 9/11, Americans across our great country came together to stand with the families of the victims, to donate blood, to give to charity, and to say a prayer for our country. Let us renew that spirit of service and that sense of common purpose,"

....~amen~....it was said by one of our presidential candidates and it is so true...today...every single person carries within them a validation that we ARE all connected!!!

Carolyn, while I was waiting for my bbdish window to open...the thought crossed my mind that I knew your first post of the day would be something beautiful and as usual...you've come through again and I want you to know how much we appreciate "you' too...:)

What a great country we live in huh? :)

Happy live show day today! The feeds oughta be awesome after tonight...these two are gonna be BIG little boys and rehash and laugh about everything that's happened with NO JERRY in the house!! Yay! I can't wait!

"appreciate, validate and communicate with your loved ones while they're here for we never know the moment our physical life is completed"
...in every moment is the blessing of choice"
Felicia in Louisiana.

September 11, 2008 at 7:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Morning Carolyn,

Thank you for the 911 tribute. It is beautiful.

Va Gal

September 11, 2008 at 7:25 AM  
Blogger Pally said...

Good Morning
What a beautiful picture
Thank you for sharing , not only the picture, but the moment.
It feels like it was only yesterday when the whole world sat in shock and horror wondering who could do such an evil act and praying for the terrified victims and families of self righteous terrorists.
I love the statement "United we Stand"...And, it is very important (I feel) that the completed sentence of that statement be remembered as well
"Divided we Fall"
God Bless you all, I do *{\O/}*

September 11, 2008 at 7:27 AM  
Blogger Bailey said...

I was thinking of Alex this morning as well. Although everyone was effected, he's the only person that I actually "know" that lost a loved one on 09/11.

United we stand!

September 11, 2008 at 7:31 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Let us also celebrate life on this day. My son was born on the 5 yr anniversary of this tragic day. I absolutely did not want him to be born on 9/11, but he wasn't listening to me (much like he doens't now!). I didn't want him to have to celebrate on such a sad day in our country's history, so while we remember those lost, let us also celebrate those who blessed us on this special day.

September 11, 2008 at 7:49 AM  
Anonymous allison said...

My dad went up to New York on 9/11 and worked as an iron worker for over 18 days and is now sick and dying from all the dust and fumes in his lungs.

Thank you so much for putting this up Carolyn, you have a wonderful heart (:

September 11, 2008 at 8:03 AM  
Blogger GaYToR said...

Carolyn said...

Morning everyone...

I need more than a moment today.

I'll be back around 6:30pm eastern and start posting for the day then..

September 11, 2008 7:02 AM

(((((((Carolyn))))))). That short post tells us so much about you that none of us know. We only know the BBDish side of Carolyn and you were obviously affected deeply in some way by 9/11 that none of us know about. God Bless you and yours.

We always remember the tragedies, and like Stephen_Nally said, some of us go back far enough to remember the JFK assassination, (I suspect some of us go even farther back than that.) I remember JFK, MLK Jr, RFK, The Challenger, The Space Shuttle Columbia disaster and many things in between and after. In all these cases we remember so that we never forget.

May we also remember the Canadians, as was mentioned, and those from various nations who were affected. This went beyond a National Tragedy... It was a World Tragedy and one we are still working to avenge.

"Vengeance is Mine sayeth the Lord" but there are things we can do to help Him along.

As I said in my 'serious' bucket list... I want to see World Peace before I kick it. United, we can make it happen.

I've said too much... I really didn't want to make any part of this about me. Just know my prayers are with ALL the friends and families on the anniversary of this horrific tragedy.


September 11, 2008 at 8:20 AM  
Blogger jluvsturtles said...

OH it's beautiful, made me cry. That, and not knowing about Ike is making me a nervous wreck. Folks are evacuating all south of me, but we are still business as usual, kids are in school, hubby at work, etc.
My thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone; those lives lost on 9/11 and those who have already perished by Ike, EVERYONE!

September 11, 2008 at 8:25 AM  
Blogger Good Times said...

When I got back home from taking my youngest to school, I had to put up the American flag in honor of all of those great wonder people who lost their lives seven years ago today and for all of us that are left behind having to deal with the pain and sorrow for the lives lost, Fathers, Mothers, Sons, Daughters, Grandfathers, Grandmothers, Grandsons, Granddaughters, Nieces, Nephews, Friends, Collegues, and Americans.
I am proud to be American and I am proud you all are American and that we can stand up and say that no one on this earth will ever, ever take our spirit, take our flag or take our country.
I love this country and I love her people and I will never forget the ones who died on this day and how proud I am of all of them.
We are all blessed to live in a America the Free!!! God Bless you all!!!!!

September 11, 2008 at 8:25 AM  
Blogger Keanalynn55 said...

Good Morning to All...

Thank you Carolyn for the beautiful tribute picture...
I remember this day as if it were yesterday. I am watching MSNBC and it is so sad... I can't keep the tears from flowing... Someday I hope to be able to go there and pay my respect to all of those who lost their lives on that day. My flag is flying in memory today. I have "adopted" 3 young men who are now in Iraq, and my nephew is there also. My other nephew is in Afganastan. These young men are proud to be in the military to defend America. One of them told me last night, Sept. 11th is the reason he joined the army.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of those families who lost loved ones.
God bless all of them.

Thank you Carolyn for giving us a place for our thoughts on this day...

September 11, 2008 at 8:36 AM  
Blogger ltcmek said...

Thank you Carolyn for that tribute.

I also want to thank Jerry as well as all veterans & current troops and their families.

Their sacrifices are what allow me to live a free happy life and for that I am eternally grateful.

Hopes and prayers to all!


September 11, 2008 at 8:37 AM  
Blogger heatmowrey said...

God Bless us all!!!! We all need to tell our families how much we love them and care for them.. We will never forget those that have fallen... I hope everyone has a blessed day...

Love And Prayers,

September 11, 2008 at 8:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a beautiful picture, I live in NJ right across from where the towers stood, it was heart breaking each morning to walk out my door and see the dark clouds and the dead silence without planes flying over. It use to be a beautiful site each morning and nite to see the sun rise & set and the reflection off the towers. We have a tribute here in town and if you stand in front of it just the right way, the memorial towers are erected right were the Twin Towers stood.....and each and every year the fence around the field is decorated with flags, flowers and banners...also tonight we will be able to see the 2 blue lights shining up to heaven

September 11, 2008 at 8:48 AM  
Anonymous Andrea in CA said...

we all were forever changed that day... alex and everyone affected...
you are in my thoughts.

September 11, 2008 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger Tiffany-JadeDarkStar said...

good morning America Carolyn nice pic
God bless America, united we stand, they will never beat us
i hope dan wins tonight but its gona be hard to watch him with all the other 9/11 stuff on got my dvr set

September 11, 2008 at 8:56 AM  
Blogger Divr said...

Carolyn, thank you for the beautiful tribute.

My prayers and thoughts to the families who suffered as a result of that horrific day.

It was a terrible day in our history that we have survived.

We are a resilient country that survive some of the most extreme tests. And being of an older generation I think also of a more horrendous day and event. Most only think of it as they go through history classes. However, far more American lives were lost in Dec, 1941. Pearl Harbor was a test that we Americans survived as well.

But not to distract from 9-11.
We will never forget.

September 11, 2008 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger Denise said...

I just returned from a funeral of a Pearl Harbor Survivor.......He was an amazing man and he never wanted anyone to forget that horrible day as well......It was fitting that his funeral, complete with military honors was held today.....WE ARE ONE!

Pray for all and hold your loved ones close

September 11, 2008 at 9:20 AM  
Blogger Noni in NJ said...

Good morning Carolyn, What a beautiful tribute you have placed here for us.

My prayers to Alex, his family and the families of all the others who lost their lives on that day and fighting for this nation since.
As I scrolled through all the heartfelt comments my eyes welled up with tears. I remember so vividly the horror of that day as it changed the lives of everyone across this great nation and around the world.
I will never forget those horrifying moments watching the tragedy as it unfolded before my eyes that morning. Picking up the phone and hearing my ex- husband’s voice on the other end from across the country.
In the 1993 WTC bombing he had been at work there and had actually left the garage less than 15 minutes before the explosion in a limousine with several other coworkers. They left just about 15 minutes early. Knowing he had a luncheon to attend that day I will never forget the fear as I spent 2 terrifying hours trying to get through jammed phone lines to make sure he was ok.
On 9/11 we sat on the phone together watching the television as we tried on our cels to reach the many friends we had who still worked at the WTC. It took two days to track everyone or their families down, fortunately most of them had not yet been at work, a few were on vacation, and a few we had been out of touch with had left the companies there. Those that were there that day had all managed to get out without physical injury, but we know the emotional wounds run deep.
There were so many that day that my ex knew only knew as faces in an elevator or a nod in the hall that were not so fortunate. An acquaintance of mine in Ft Myers lost his wife on one of the planes. A close friend on Cape Cod was building a home for a couple who lost their lives on another plane.
There are very few individuals across this country who do not have a similar story to tell. It shows the profound effect that day had on the personal lives of all of us. But the effect is so much more farther reaching, as we see everyday the sons of mothers and fathers across this country and others risk their lives on foreign soil. We watch the lengths taken here at home now to insure the safety of our travel, our lives at work and play, or just carrying out our daily tasks.
How I wish we could turn back the clock to a more innocent time, but then as you look back in history was there really ever one? The biggest difference today is that today with all our technology we are right there in the middle of it all in our own living rooms, whether we live in the forests of Maine, The mountains of Colorado, or the beaches of Southern California. We all live with the extreme security precautions at the airport, security cameras springing up everywhere, the constant reminder on the news, and the icy grip of fear when something doesn’t look right. How sad. How especially sad that our children grow up under this shadow.

September 11, 2008 at 9:39 AM  
Anonymous HanHay's Mom said...

Good Morning Carolyn & all our fellow BB fans. On this day 7 yrs ago we all knew our lives had changed & things would never be the same again. As a military family our own live have changed drasticly. In the last 7 yrs my husband has been in the middle east almost as much as he's been home. Our military family has been lucky in tha fact that we have only lost a few, but the inner pain is almost as bad. Evey day I get up thankful that I live in a country that is free & know that my husband is one of those who keep it that way. As we remember the fallen that day remember all of those who have paid the ultimate price so we don't have to face such a tragedy again. GOD Bless America!

September 11, 2008 at 9:54 AM  
Anonymous cj said...

Good morning everybody! I can't believe that was 7 years ago. It seems like yesterday that happened.

September 11, 2008 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger ***MsFitz*** said...

God bless you & your families, hold them all close to your heart today as we remember the tragic events 7 years ago.

This day marks a double tragedy day for my family & me. I lost my brother on 9/11/95 & I remember so vividly in 2001 I was feeling very melancholy & was reflecting on my family's & my personal loss when the news of the horrible tragedy across our nation broke. I cannot explain the feelings I had as all of the victims, their familes & our Country were experiencing so much sadness, grief & shock.

I offer many prayers today to my family for our loss in 1995 & to the thousands of men & woman who lost their lives in the tragedy of 2001.

God Bless The United States of America! God Bless the Countries around the World! God Bless our Men & Woman who serve daily in our Armed Forces, Firefighters/EMTs, & Police!

Carolyn - Thank you for the beautiful tribute & giving us a place to express ourselves.

Anon @ 6am - My Mom is 85 & I feel blessed every day. My thoughts are with you.

Please continue to pray for all of those who will be effected by Ike.

September 11, 2008 at 10:06 AM  
Anonymous CuppyCake said...

I'll never forget that day as long as I live. I'm sure none of us will. My husband was in the Air Force (on special duty at the time). He left not too long after the first planes hit. I called him on the cell phone to tell him about the pentagon and then Flight 93. It was so scary. When he got to the office, the supervisors told him and the others with him to get the h### out of there because they didn't know who or what was the next target. Everything was a blur for the next few days. Luckily, there were no attacks in California. My heart aches for those that lost their lives.
I put a yellow ribbon on my door when the troops began being deployed. I said I wouldn't take it down until all of them returned home. Sadly, 7 years later, it still hangs there.
My prayers are with the families of the victims of that tragic day and also for the troops and their families. I hope they come home soon.
My husband has since retired (after 20 years of service) but his heart is still with them.

September 11, 2008 at 10:10 AM  
Blogger WendyLady33 said...

Morning all :0)

Just now watching the Steven/Brian interview and i have to say they are very harsh on some of the HGs.

September 11, 2008 at 10:17 AM  
Anonymous lila ~*~ said...

Good Morning everyone.

Take all the time you need, dearest Carolyn.

Each year on this day I am taken back to my childhood, when I would spend week-ends with my dad in the city.

He and I stood on the 25th floor balcony of his apartment in Lincoln towers to gaze at the phenomenal view; the lighted fountain and glowing opera house at Lincoln Center...the art deco beauty of the Chrysler Building,the QE2 leaving the harbor for another glamorous voyage (Sometimes we would go down and throw confetti to the departing strangers and yell "Bon Voyage!".)

When they started constructing the Twin Towers, we were among the many who watched and shook our heads in dismay.We considered them ugly architecturally uninspired monoliths that blocked the river view.

On 9/11/o1, I awoke as an adult in my home on Long Island and watched them crumble.And nothing seemed less important than panoramic views and architecture.

The next day,my husband and I took the train into the city to hand out blankets and water bottles. The expressways were lined with people doing the same....all of us united in shock and humanity. All of us with the same look in our eyes.

Near ground zero the air was thick with dusty fallout.One could barely see 20 feet ahead. And in one surreal moment, a figure approached through the haze wearing a black fedora and full length black coat. As he passed ,I realized it was Johnny Depp...and it didn't matter.He was just a fellow human with the same look in his eyes.

Much love to you all xox

September 11, 2008 at 10:34 AM  
Anonymous Rhonda M. said...

I remember that day very clearly. I was on bed rest, 7 months pregnant with my 4th child. My 2 yr old and my twin 1 yr olds were in bed with me that morning and they were so sweet being very concerned for their crying Mommy, not understanding what had just happened. My brother lived in Manhattan, performed on broadway, and we couldn't get ahold of him. Luckily he was far enough away and was ok.

My prayers go out to those famillies who lost loved ones that day. May God bless us all and comfort those who are grieving.

See you back here later for the live show!

September 11, 2008 at 10:36 AM  
Blogger bluex1969 said...

I woke up this morning, turned on MSNBC, and in my groggy state thought the Pentagon had been attacked again. I quickly figured out they were re-playing the telecast from 9/11 7 years ago. What a somber way to wake up. That isn't intended as a joke, I really did wake up that way this morning.

Carolyn, that's a beautiful pic.
Thank you.

I will always remember that day not just as one of the most tragic in American history, but the immediate aftermath of it as one of the most beautiful moments in American history. In terms of how strongly the American people united, setting aside any and all differences to support one another, cry together, and in offering each other hope and prayers.

We were all reminded that nations are not made of land and borders, but rather the people who live within her borders, who share common ideals and principles, and offer to share them with anyone else who may aspire to the same commonalities that bind us together as human beings. America's beacon of light, hope, and freedom never shone so brightly as it did on 9/11 and the immediate days and weeks to follow.

My thoughts, prayers and good wishes will always be with all of the people affected by the terrible events of that day.

May God bless you all!!

September 11, 2008 at 10:39 AM  
Anonymous lila ~*~ said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.Happy Birthday to your mother. You have honored her in special way by sharing your love for her with all of us today.

That was beautiful.

September 11, 2008 at 10:58 AM  
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September 11, 2008 at 11:39 AM  
Blogger Cindy said...

A forever sad day. Thanks for posting the picture Carolyn. Very touching.

September 11, 2008 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Ok, so Jerry is puking in a garbage can according to Joker's updates. Is he gearing up for a heart attack on the live show?

September 11, 2008 at 12:01 PM  
Blogger Michelle in Indiana said...

All of our lives have been touched by the events of that day.

Blessings to those who lost loved ones, those lost fighting for our freedom and those who continue fight.

On a personel note I want to thank my dad, grandfathers, father in law, uncles, nephew, and my cousin in law (kia 4-29-2005) for their service to this country.

Bless us all today and everyday.

September 11, 2008 at 12:07 PM  
Blogger Rooo-Bee said...

Thank you Carolyn for the beautiful tribute, but more so for the ackowledgement of what today is!

I told you 'My Lady' you have a beautiful soul!

I like most Americans will never forget exactly where I was and what I was doing that morning. I think I will forever remember every moment of that day.

My thoughts and prayers are with the families who are living with the heartbreak today brings for them.

Many of you have mentioned our troops have now been deployed for seven years. In addition to the lives lost at ground zero we have lost 4155 toops in Iraq.

I would like to Thank every man and woman who has stood up and fought for my freedom, my son's freedom, my family's freedom, and every American's freedom.

Somehow 'Thank you!' just doesn't seem adequate.

September 11, 2008 at 12:08 PM  
Anonymous scottdish said...

Thank you for honoring our lost today with your tribute. Our thoughts and prayers are with them now and always.

September 11, 2008 at 12:17 PM  
Blogger bluex1969 said...

I had more thoughts I wanted to share concerning today and it's meaning. In no way is this political in nature, but rather my thoughts concerning this great country of ours.

We are facing an important election this yea. Regardless of it's outcome history is going to be made. Will we elect our first non-white as president, or our first woman as vice-president?

Since 9/11 our country has endured hard times, without doubt as a direct result of the events of that fateful day. As Americans we have always risen to the occasion in times of struggle, hardship, war, strife and disagreements. I have no doubt we will survive the tragedy that occurred and the repercussions we have endured since 9/11. We have only to look to the Civil War and WW's 1 and 2 to understand this.

It does not matter who we elect this season as our new President, because no matter who we choose, America will eventually emerge stronger and more vibrant than ever before. We are a self-governing people, planning and plotting out our own destinies.

We had never been more divided as a nation as we were during the Civil War, yet emerged from it stronger and more resilient. We had never been tested more than during WWII, yet emerged from it stronger and more powerful.

The American people know how to survive. The native Americans survived disease, enslavement, and attempts at genocide. The African Americans survived slavery and the worst of racism. Americans in general have survived flood, earthquake, dissension, assassination, war, depression, and the list goes on.

One day, our children and grandchildren will look back upon this time in history, as many of us now look back upon the times of the Civil war and WWII, and appreciate the difficult moments we have endured, and be thankful that we most importantly, did endure them. They will understand and acknowledge the sacrifices we made, and will benefit from the rewards that will arise as a result of them.

I have faith. I have faith in each one of us, as Americans. Faith that goes beyond my own personal wants and needs for my small life, but extends out and beyond to all people, people who ultimately always make the right decisions and follow their hearts.

America has been tested before, and sadly, will probably be tested again. Yet, history has proven we are a people who stand united in times of hardship, who never quit, who always dream, who always persevere, and always succeed.

Carolyn, thank you again for that beautiful picture you posted. It gave me a moment to reflect this day on our country, and her people, and what they mean to me. I hope everyone else has well.

Thank you all so much for letting me share. God bless you all.

September 11, 2008 at 12:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will never forget 911. I am retired Air Force and served 13 years at the Pentagon. My heart broke and I worried about my friends there. I was already retired from the AF when 911 happened but I so wanted to put my uniform on again and help to defend my country as I did for 20 yrs. Thank you all for your best wishes for the men and women (myself) who wear their uniform proudly and love our country.

September 11, 2008 at 1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Won't you be doing BB10 blogging today (09/11)?

September 11, 2008 at 1:10 PM  
Blogger Christy in FL said...

Carolyn, Thank you for the beautiful picture! My thoughts and prayers go out to Alex and everyone effected by 9/11!!

I have to admit that I was not going to post until later because I was fortunate not to know anyone effected directly by the events of that scary day. Then I checked to dish this afternoon and started reading all the messages and became so touched by all the post. I started to really remember what it felt like not only on that day but the following days when we all just waited for any other attacks and people not being able to find and contact loved ones.

I am also reminded by many of you of the amazing compassion that cause so many people to stop their everyday tasks and go to help in anyway they could while putting themselve in danger! It truely makes me proud to live in a country that can show so much compassion!!

Thank you to all the volunteers, firefighters, and police who helped that day... I can not image what it was like to have lived though it! And thank you to our military who with out question went to other countries to prevent more attacks and to ensure our freedoms are maintained.

Thank you again dishers for reminding me what today really means and for giving me puffy red watery eyes :) All my love and prayers are being sent your way!!!

September 11, 2008 at 1:27 PM  
Anonymous dkzwv said...

This has been my first opportunity to check in with you all today and I am thrilled to see the tribute pic you have posted.

Thank you Carolyn for recognizing this day in this way. As the rest of you, I too remember exactly where I was and what I was doing on that tragic morning. A small middle school class in a small Ohio town full of wonderful kids with promising lives witnessed something that I never dreamed we would ever be a part of, and that day changed life as we knew it. I was always so sure that nobody would ever dare to attack us on our own soil and yet that day I was proven wrong, not once, but four times.

Those kids are college juniors now and I know the world they are preparing for is a completely different world than the one for which college prepared me. It is still sad....and I still mourn, in a way. I live in fear that this could happen again...never will I be complaisant and think it can't. My trust and arrogance was shattered that day.

Thank you, Carolyn, for the forum to share our feelings today...and from what I've read the feelings are still close to the surface...
and I hope they always will be.

I'll never forget.....God Bless those who lost loved ones and friends.....

September 11, 2008 at 2:10 PM  
Blogger hpr56 said...

I have been listening to 9/11 tributes on the radio today. Brings back the pain and heartbreak from 7 years ago. God Bless all the families and friends of those who gave their lives protecting others that fateful day. And God Bless all those serving today so we can be free.

September 11, 2008 at 3:16 PM  
Blogger GaYToR said...

I've posted my feelings on 9/11 and posts before and after have reminded me of other terrorist attacks that have happened within my own family.

June 25, 1996 - A bomb aboard a fuel truck explodes outside a U.S. air force installation in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. 19 U.S. military personnel are killed in the Khubar Towers housing facility, and 515 are wounded, including 240 Americans.

My oldest nephew was stationed in Dhahran then, and the only reason he is survived that attack is because he was on duty at the time of the bombing. Had he not been, he says he would have surely been in his apartment which was completely destroyed. Paul is still in the Air Force and has made it a career but thankfully based in Colorado now. He hasn't had to go to Iraq or Afghanistan.

My niece was in Iraq two years ago, almost three now, and 3 weeks before she returned home she had a very close call. An IED hit her convoy and while 3 of her fellow soldiers died that day, she was spared and without any harm. Her (now) husband was severely burned and spent 6 months in the Burn Unit in San Antonio. Fortunately he has no lasting visible scars but I can't even imagine the mental scars they will carry the rest of their lives. Yes, they came home but thousands haven't. I pray for them and their families every day, and for the ones still there, that they will come home safely and quickly. Yesterday couldn't be soon enough for me.

For our men and women in Afghanistan, I pray for their safety too, and for God to give the wisdom to the leaders of our country to realize Afghanistan is the place we should be focusing on right now. Get them there, let them do their job and get them out.

I certainly, like Blue, don't want to make today political, but I couldn't hit the button without adding that.


September 11, 2008 at 3:28 PM  
Blogger * Samantha M. * said...

Carolyn, thanks for posting this lovely remembrance. I saw it earlier today, but didn't have time to comment. I'm moved by all of the comments here, as I have been all day by the tributes and remembrances on this solemn day for our country.

My heart has been heavy all day, as it every year on this day, yet I try to stay hopeful for the future. It's such a difficult day as we all engage in our "remember that morning" conversations with family and friends. Living close to NYC, I know of many who have been lost, though none personally (like a neighbor's brother). My best friend worked in Jersey City and called me as soon as it happened. He told me to turn on the tv, and as we watched what we thought was a terrible plane accident, I watched on tv and he watched out his office window across the water as the second plane hit. His building evacuated shortly thereafter, but he couldn't get back home to NY, so he came out to my house and remained here for the rest of the week. My son was only a baby at the time and I was sorry for him that he had been brought into a world that was so different than what we had thought (in our ignorant bliss prior to that day).

So much has been lost, so many have suffered and still do, yet we continue on and even remain optimistic. I pray for those who who have suffered the loss of loved ones; I mourn the loss of so many cherished lives; and I honor those who have sacrificed and have lost their lives protecting our country.

It's been a most difficult day, and I am honestly looking forward to finally being able to escape it by watching silly BB with everyone here.

September 11, 2008 at 4:19 PM  
Anonymous Alex Coladonato BB9 said...

Hey everyone I would just like to say thank you to everyone who has been sending words of support and grace towards my father on this day that will never be forgotten. I still can not believe it has been 7 years already since the last time I spoke to my father. Everyday goes by and it makes me wonder what if, or why would this happen. As i said on the show, everyday is a new day like a new page in a book. Live laugh love, and enjoy yourself. Go out and experience as much as you can. Never say i cant or couldn't. Hey you just never know, look at me, I was chosen for big brother. Get out there and have fun.

Love you all and thanks for the continued support on and off the show.

One Love
Alex BB9

September 12, 2008 at 9:42 AM  
Blogger ***MsFitz*** said...

Alex, God bless you & your family! Your Father would be proud of how you are living your life.
Much love to you!

September 12, 2008 at 11:19 AM  
Anonymous amber in mwc said...

I am sorry that I have not been able to post on here as much.I have been really busy lately..I came across a group of very ungrateful kids yesterday who were making fun of the mess that happened seven years ago and i lost it on them...THey told me to get over it that it has been seven years and that i did not know anybody involved so i had no right to mourn...Well being from OKC from the event that happened here I was crushed.First of all you do not need to know anyone to be human..I have cried now for over a day because of their thoughts and the things that they said to me.So I can only imagine the pain that you have to go through Alex and I am glad to hear that you are doing well...We will ALWAYS remember this catastrophic event and the loved ones that were taken that day. This is a beautiful country in my eyes and all those lost are heroes in my eyes and forever will be..

September 12, 2008 at 1:27 PM  
Blogger N2RealityTV said...

Dear Alex,

You're an amazing person. Having lost my father three years ago I know what it means to lose a parent. It's hard. I know your dad would be so very proud of who you are and what you're doing with your life.

Peace, love and happiness!


September 12, 2008 at 3:10 PM  
Blogger GaYToR said...

Alex, thanks for stopping by to comment. I'm not ashamed to say your post brought on tears again. I was taught as so many my age that men don't cry but that is BS. Tears can flow for happiness, sadness, memories and hopes and dreams.

I didn't single you out yesterday as one in my prayers but you are. I can't imagine the feelings you carry by having lost your father in that way. God Bless You, for being yourself and for sharing with us.

All the best.


September 12, 2008 at 10:40 PM  

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