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John Prine wrote a line that comes to me on days like today "the years just flow by like a broken down dam".  I stood in front of a tight framing crew 11 years ago and wept while I told them to high-tail it out of the city before they took out the bridges.  I was furious, still am.  And, I was heart broken.  I never felt so worthless in my life.  All the years of training and all I could do, like so many, was watch the events unfold on TV; hoping for the best, coming to grips with the worst.  Then I stopped feeling sorry for myself and started feeling sorry for all the men and women killed in the twin towers.  When we finally got back to the job site I called the crew together and we had a moment of silence, then I told them the best way we could fight back against cowards who would terrorize us was to go on with our daily lives and not live in fear.  What 9/11 taught me was to cherish freedom, to live without regret, that life is too short to live in fear.  It also taught me to be prepared, not only in my body but also in my spirit.  It brought a whole new meaning to the phrase Bahala Na - Come What May.  Courage is born of faith and commitment.  Now we are 11 years down stream and we remember.  Edges smooth over, memories blend, the substance softens and smoothes but the core fire remains ablaze.  We are changed.  We are no longer who we were 11 years ago.  Hopefully, we are better, stronger, more full of faith, kinder and wiser; for to slide into ignorance, banality and barbarism would give victory and strength to our foe.  I choose to straighten my back against the flow of fear and shred the strength from our enemy.  This is my way of fighting and respecting those who fell on September 11th, 2001.  It's all an old man can do and I wish it were more.  Join me, take a moment to remember those who fell and resolve to not let the enemy have his way.  God bless the inocent who fell, those who tried to save them, those who fought back, the families, the children and our country.

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Comment by terry joven on September 11, 2012 at 4:53pm

Well said Guro Lawrence..i was sitting in Mindanao that day & not knowing if we were going to war or how i would get back to the states. We are different and we are stronger. Thanks for the reminder!

Comment by Bill on September 12, 2012 at 4:34am

I was asleep but could hear the radio as I always sleep with some white noise around.. I heard the newscast and turned on my tv at the same time, was on the computer giving updates to associates  in the security and law enforcement fields around the world updates as I was getting them.. It was a time in my life that I had experienced a time or two before in my life time.. It was an event that made me so mad that I was almost in tears with frustration, due to my inability to react and take appropriate action in the counter offensive aspects when faced with a situation that endangers our national security and the well being of our nation..

Comment by terry joven on September 12, 2012 at 9:55am

Bill...very similar i was listenig the a filipino station and all of the sudden it switched to English a was half asleep and did not know if i was dreaming or not. Had to hire a motorcycle to take me into town to the money exchanger to watch his tv.

Comment by Guro Lawrence Motta on September 12, 2012 at 10:07am

Once again we lose outstanding Americans to fanatical cowards.  Ambasador Chris Stevens and two others were killed yesterday in Benghazi, Libya.  After he worked so hard to help the rebels overthrow a tyrant and liberate that country, this is how they behave.  It is so sad to see a world so twisted and warped.  Now more than ever, we need to bolster our resolve to not be dragged into the muck of hatred but instead show our enemy we are not afraid to stand for peace and against senseless violence.


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