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Five Years Later -- We Will Not Forget

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 five years, millions of words have been written about the terrorist attacks of September 11. Below is a sampling from each of the past four 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)*

9/11 -- Nuisance or Mortal Danger? (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



The Smithsonian - September 11: Bearing Witness to History at the National Museum of American History

Where Were You.org

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)

Glenn Reynolds 9/11/01 post


Remember (photo essay) - Patrick Ruffini

Lest We Forget (photo essay) - The Blue State Conservatives uses front pages of various newspapers to capture the day.


The 2996 Project

NYT Portraits of Grief

After 9/11 - Remembrance & Renewal

Michael Ledeen remembers Barbara Olson

Day by Day 9/11/06


The Flight That Fought Back

United 93

The Path To 9/11


September 11 Address to the Nation

September 20 Address to Joint Session of Congress and the Nation

November 10 Speech To The U.N.

Timeline and links to Bush speeches and pictures



Screenshot Archive of Online News Sites

NYT Accounts from different floors in WTC


FBI Press Release - The Hijackers


The 9/11 Commission Report

Take Back The Memorial

The Flight 93 Memorial

The Path To 9/11


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.



Time Magazine Photo Essays

Pentagon Pictures Before and After

The Twin Towers, Before and After

September 11News.com

The Falling Man, Esquire

Bill Biggart's Final Exposures

Remembering 9/11: The Pentagon

The Black Day

9/11 Research

Pentagon Memorial Lights

Vanity Fair - Rare Scenes From 9/11 *



Atlas Shrugs

Michelle Malkin

Pajamas Media

Gateway Pundit*

Outside the Beltway*

La Shawn Barber*


New York Times

Washington Post

USA Today

Fox News



*I will be updating throughout the day. Instead of posting "updates" I will be identifying newly added items with an asterisk.

Many of the links and pictures in this post were included last year in my September 11 post at Polipundit. That post can be found here.

If you came to find this post through a permalink, be sure to visit Wizbang throughout the day for full coverage of the anniversary including "real time" accounts of the events of 9/11/01.

[NOTE: Several of the pictures that are part of this post are not appearing for users of Internet Explorer; Firefox users do not have the problem. If you are unable to view all the pictures, you may be able to see them at LorieByrd.com where this is crossposted.]


Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Five Years Later -- We Will Not Forget:

» Pajamas Media linked with 9/11: FIVE YEARS AFTER

» La Shawn Barber's Corner linked with A Religious and Unconventional War

» American Traditionalist linked with I remember! Do you?

» Maggie's Farm linked with Monday Morning Links

» Outside The Beltway | OTB linked with Fifth Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks

» The Lone Elm linked with 9/11 Remembered

» Stop The ACLU linked with Remembering 911

» Right Thoughts...not right wing, just right. linked with 9/11, five years gone

» TigerHawk linked with The anniversary of September 11

» California Conservative linked with 9/11: Never Forget, Always Remember

» The Florida Masochist linked with 9-11 five years later- In memory of Ken Marino

» Mike's Noise linked with Remember ...

» CALIFORNIA YANKEE linked with A Day For Remembering 2006

» Macsmind - Conservative Commentary and Common Sense linked with The Real Reason to Remember 9/11

» The Political Pit Bull linked with 5 Years Later: The Round-Ups

» Sensible Mom linked with Never Forget

» Right Wing Nut House linked with THE TEARS NO LONGER COME

» Murdoc Online linked with 9/11 - Five Years Later

» The New Editor linked with Fifth Anniversary of 9/11

» Tammy Bruce linked with Remembering: Your 9/11 Resources

» Keep Austin Corporate linked with Remembering Cono E. Gallo

» Tammy Bruce linked with Remembering: Your 9/11 Resources

» Joust The Facts linked with More 9/11 Links

» The Ministry of Minor Perfidy linked with Remembrance

» Decision '08 linked with 9/11 Roundup

Comments (10)

Dear Lori, Thank yo... (Below threshold)

Dear Lori,
Thank you for this. I will save it and send it out. I am seeing the blank spaces but will return later.

I hope you will read this:
The Missing by Gerard
Van Der Leun 9/10/06

Their silence keeps me sleepless for I know:
Within the smoke their ash revolves as snow,
To settle on our skin as fading stars
Dissolve into bright dust at break of day.

At dawn a distant shudder in the earth
Disclosed the flight of fire into steel,
The shaking not of subways underground,
But screams from out of flowers forged with flame.


Thanks so much. If you wan... (Below threshold)
Lorie Byrd:

Thanks so much. If you want to see what it is supposed to look like you can view it at www.loriebyrd.com where it is cross-posted. For some reason it shows up in Typepad. I am hoping that Kevin or Jay can fix it, but if they can't I will just remove the wrap codes so that the pictures will show up.

Did people see this video a... (Below threshold)
Matt Hoops:

Did people see this video about September 11th? I know some will say it's not right to find humor in this, but I think being 100% somber isn't right either...


Matt Hoops

<a href="http://libertycorn... (Below threshold)

Here is my remembrance of 9/11.

I was still in college when... (Below threshold)

I was still in college when it happened. I remember my roommate waking me, "Get up. You have to see this."

Lori,It's displayi... (Below threshold)
Laura M.:


It's displaying just fine now, thanks.

Lori,Thank you for y... (Below threshold)

Thank you for your work. The terrorists have lost whether they know it or not.

Thanks again.

Haloscan (I know, not the b... (Below threshold)

Haloscan (I know, not the best but it's free) is unable to trackback here properly, so here is my post today that references this one.

We Must Never Forget!</b... (Below threshold)

We Must Never Forget!

Our enemy must be destroyed and it's ideology of hate and Evil wiped from the face of this earth.

Here's my two cents:

A 9/11 Message from RBT

I had just called my mother... (Below threshold)

I had just called my mother to sing her "Happy Birthday" that morning when she interrupted my song to tell me that a plane had crashed in the WTC and that thousands of people had been killed as a result.

"Now my birthday of September 11, which should be the happiest day of my life, will always be remembered by the rest of the world as a day of mourning," she said.






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