[NOTE: The following post appeared last year, and we're running it again this year.]
SEPTEMBER 11, 2001
"The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge structures collapsing, have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness, and a quiet, unyielding anger. These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed; our country is strong. A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shattered steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve."
- President George W. Bush, September 11, 2001 Address to the Nation
This 9/11 memorial post is a compilation of commentary, news reports, eyewitness accounts and pictures not only from that day, but from the past five years as the nation has recovered from the most deadly attack on U.S. soil in the country's history.
Over the past six years, millions of words have been written about the terrorist attacks of September 11. Below is a sampling from each of the past five anniversaries. I will be adding links to additional commentary from today's anniversary throughout the day.
The Top Ten Editorials From September 11, 2001 - December 15, 2001 - chosen by John Hawkins, included are links to and excerpts from Michael Kelly, Victor Davis Hanson, Mark Steyn, Ann Coulter, Dave Barry and others. One of my favorite lines from the commentaries Hawkins chose came from Dave Barry.
"The people who did this to us are monsters; the people who cheered them have hate-sickened minds. One reason they can cheer is that they know we would never do to them what their heroes did to us, even though we could, a thousand times worse. They know that when we hunt down the monsters, we will try hard not to harm the innocent. Those are the handcuffs we willingly wear, because for all our flaws, we are a decent people." -- Dave Barry.
Solidarity -- Christopher Hitchens (2006)
9/11, For Our Children -- Bruce Kesler (2006)
Remember the world of 9/10 (2006)
IX.XI -- Isaac Schrodinger (2005)
9/11 - Never Forget -- Ian Schwartz (2005)
9/11 -- Never Forget -- Kersher Talk (2005)
We Remember -- Power Line (2004)
Happy Anniversary -- Bill Whittle (2003)
That Day -- Cox and Forkum (September 11, 2003)
One Year Ago -- Ed Driscoll (2002)
What If The September 11 Attack Was Thwarted -- Tom Elia (2002)
Where Were You? -- Song by Alan Jackson
Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American) -- Song by Toby Keith
Have You Forgotten? -- Song by Darryl Worley and Wynn Varble
WHERE WERE YOU?
Dean Barnett (2006)
Where Were You When The World Came Crashing Down? - Jayson Javitz (2004)
September 11, 2001 - Alexander McClure (2004)
Remembering 9/11 - Ed Morrisey (2004)
California Yankee (2004)
Remember (photo essay) - Patrick Ruffini
Lest We Forget (photo essay) - The Blue State Conservatives uses front pages of various newspapers to capture the day.
REMEMBERING THE LOST:
THE PRESIDENT'S SPEECHES:
NEWS AND EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS:
POST 9/11 CONTROVERSY:
Pictures of the events that unfolded on September 11, 2001 are burned into the memories of most every American. Some pictures, such as the one of the firemen raising the American flag at Ground Zero, became symbols of the day. Others, such as the ones that captured those jumping from the Twin Towers to their deaths, were not widely published, but the very thought that they existed made an impact. After images of the planes hitting the Twin Towers and the towers falling were shown over and over again on September 11 and the days immediately following it, they later became controversial when some in the media decided that the American public could not handle the sight of those images.
LINKS TO 9/11 IN PICTURES:
SEPTEMBER 11 FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY POSTS
BIG MEDIA TRIBUTES:
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