Saturday, September 11, 2021

Remembering 9/11/2001

I remember it all as if it was yesterday.

It was such an intensely sad yet overwhelmingly patriotic time. We were glued to the news day after day and all we could and do was pray and send love and light to the first responders,  pray for miracles and survivors, their family and friends. New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington  DC were in our hearts and on our minds. 

I remember all the flags. Everyone found their flags and the US flag flew at every house and on every car--all of us all over the world. We just could not believe our eyes orvour ears. Disbelief was greater than fear. We were absolutely  stunned watching the World Trade Center and the twin towers fall with immense horror as total disbelief enfolded minute by minute over the news. It took days, weeks, even months to piece events together and then when some explanations came in, years and years to attempt to understand any of it in any way. 

We became one with one thought, one purpose, and one unified emotion.

If we could only regain all of the good that poured out between unified families, communities, states, and our nation today that we felt then. If we could feel all of that outpouring of love in thoughts, words, and deeds as we all sought to put thoughts into patriotic action. Our news every year if a replay of that fateful day. A day of memory to always remember and never forget. 

Quilters patriotically quilted  in legions united even more after 9-11 somehow. For every patriotic holiday or day of remembrance. I can remembe making and donating a lap quilt a week after Hurricane Katrina, after Rita, after the Oklahoma bombing of the Federal Building. Suddenly after September  11, 2001 we were truly The United States  og America. 

We sent them to Veterans hospitals and offices,, to care homes and individuals to people we knew and to total strangers.. Making flags and table runners and hotpads and mug wraps as a way of unifying hearts with hands and cities,  States, and countries. 

Oh my heart. Those were such deeply American deeply patriotic and deeply one Nation together under one God for All times. If only we all truly remembered,  truly held on to that unity and unification of minds, bodies and spirits. 

The September 11 attacks, often referred to as 9/11, were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the militant Islamist terrorist group al-Qaeda against the United States of America on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001.
Date: September 11, 2001, 5:46 AM PDT
Perpetrators: Osama bin LadenAyman al-ZawahiriAl-Qaeda; (see also: responsibility and hijackers)
Number of deaths: 2,996

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Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands as she shares her imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon. Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting... from my heart and with my hands


O'Quilts said...

Here you are again, spreading the love and goodness xoxo

Michele Bilyeu said...

Thanks for your comment dear Diane. Know I read your blog every time you post though my signal spaces out on me frequently and I lose my own comments repeatedly! My thoughts are with you and your family+

Winifred said...

A lovely post Michele, your quilts will bring such comfort to those who are blessed with them.

Although I was at work thousands of miles away in the UK I was watching it live on TV in horror and total disbelief. I kept thinking it must be a hoax, sadly it wasn't. I just hope and pray that we never have to experience such a horror ever again.

God bless.

Michele Bilyeu said...

Blessings to you in all ways dearest Winifred. ❤💙❤💙