Anniversary of one tragedy and another around the world

11 Sep

Today is the tenth anniversary of the 2001 September 11th terrorist attacks in America.
No one will ever forget the two jumbo jets that were crashed into the World Trade Center towers and brought them down. It was a shocking and tragic event.
2,753 innocent people were killed in the attack on New York City.

But less often mentioned are the other two planes of the September 11th attacks.
American Airlines Flight 77 was hijacked and crashed into The Pentagon in Washington DC, killing 184 innocent people.
And United Airlines Flight 93 was also hijacked and most likely headed for another high-profile crowded target to be crashed into. But this flight was different. The hijackers of United 93 had their cowardly plan foiled by the heroic passengers and crew of that flight!
The passengers and crew of that plane called their loved ones on the ground and told them that they understood what had to be done…and then they overtook the terrorists and forced the plane to crash into an empty field rather than another building.
Tragically, 40 innocent people lost their lives from that flight…but if it wasn’t for their selfless actions, the death toll most likely would have been much higher.

Memorial to the passengers of United Airlines Flight 93

Some of the phone calls weren’t disconnected and a telephone operator heard the voice of one of the passengers named Tom Beamer as he led the revolt against the terrorists with rallying cry to his fellow passengers of “Are you ready? OK, let’s roll!

Shortly after the events of 2001 September 11th, the American heavy metal band “L.A. Guns” recorded a song about the heroes of United Flight 93.

The song is titled “OK, Let’s Roll!”.  Here are the lyrics:

United Airlines Flight 93
Left 8:01 from Gate 17
Victims of a war they never knew existed
Hell looked them in the eyes and still they resisted

Lost brave souls, your courage we remember
Sacrificed your lives that September
We still hear your battle cry
Are you ready? Okay, let’s roll
Are you ready? Okay, let’s roll

So began the massacre at twenty thousand feet
Red devils lead the charge and pulled the captain from his seat
They watched them cut and slash at anyone left standing
We knew deep in our hearts this plane would not be landing

Never once were they ever in control
Lives were lost, but they never took a soul
We still hear your battle cry
Are you ready? Okay, let’s roll
Are you ready? Okay, let’s roll

Skies of Pennsylvania became a battle ground
Two hundred miles away, the towers had come down
One last chance to say goodbye, he called her on his phone
Said he knew what must be done, “I am not coming home.”

Are you ready? Okay, let’s roll

–“OK, Let’s Roll” by L.A. Guns

You can listen to it here:


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Today is also the six-month anniversary of the 2011 March 11 earthquake and tsunami that devastated the Tohoku area of Japan.

There are still many people there living in evacuation shelters. And, just like the 2001 September 11 attacks, there are many heart-breaking stories of people who lost their loved ones. And there are stories of courage and people helping each other.

Both the events ten years ago in America and six months ago in northern Japan were terrible and shocking.  I hope we never have to see such tragedies ever again.

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6 Responses to “Anniversary of one tragedy and another around the world”

  1. tokyo5 September 11, 2012 at 9:50 am #

    Another year has gone by.
    Today is the eleventh anniversary of the (2001) September 11th terrorist attacks on America…and the eighteen-month (year-and-a-half) anniversary of the (2011) March 11th earthquake in north-east Japan.

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  2. Ame Otoko September 15, 2011 at 9:49 am #

    Those Iraqi kids disfigured from the uranium America’s using over there in Aiii-Raak are pretty cute! Everyone else dead there is because of the ‘insurgents’, so it’s nice to know there’s something that we can give America credit for.

    You Yanks ____ing yourselves silly over 9/11 are hilarious – and comparing 9/11 to 3/11 just an exercise in imbecility.

    The only reason your nasty, ugly race is ahead is because of pure aggression and exploitation – of people, the planet, and everything decent. F**k off.

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    • tokyo5 September 16, 2011 at 1:50 am #

      I suppose you were trying to offend me for some reason by adding vulgar language in your comment on my blog.
      But “bad words” don’t bother me at all. Sorry.
      I did edit them out of your comment though…because children look at the internet too.
      One would think that you’d already think “like a father”…since, by looking at your “facebook” page, I noticed that you are one.
      You seem quite immature acting for someone who’s meant to be a role-model for a child.

      >comparing 9/11 to 3/11 just an exercise in imbecility.

      First of all, I didn’t “compare them” to each other. I mentioned in this post that 2011 September 11 was a major anniversary of both tragic events. And memorial services were held for both on that day.

      But…there are similarities. Both were tragic, unexpected events that killed a large number of innocent people in a manner that shocked the entire world.

      So, you’re wrong.

      >The only reason your nasty, ugly race is ahead…

      And why is there war and hate in the world? Might it have something to do with some people having that type of mind-set?

      >…everything decent. F**k off.

      “Decent”? Like your attitude?

      By the way, quite an appropriate username you gave yourself. “Ame Otoko”…Japanese which translates literally to “Rain Man“. Maybe you missed “People’s Court” and now you’re having a fit, “Rain Man”?!? 😉

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  3. tokyo5 September 11, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    Last night there was a memorial ceremony in Fukushima to mark the six month anniversary of the terrible earthquake and tsunami.

    The townspeople released lanterns into the evening sky.

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  4. bartman905 September 11, 2011 at 12:18 am #

    I guess you were already living in Japan when the 9-11 terrorists attacks occurred in the US. Today, there are lots of media coverage on TV, newspapers, etc. about its 10th year anniversary here in North America.

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    • tokyo5 September 11, 2011 at 12:50 am #

      >I guess you were already living in Japan when the 9-11 terrorists attacks occurred in the US.

      Yes, I was. I came to Japan in 1990, eleven years prior to the 9-11 attacks.
      It was late in the evening Japan-time when they occurred.

      >Today, there are lots of media coverage on TV, newspapers, etc. about its 10th year anniversary here in North America.

      I assumed there would be.
      I also assume there were be some memorial ceremonies in the U.S. for the ten-year anniversary of the “9-11″…and memorial ceremonies here in Japan for the six-month anniversary of the Sendai earthquake and tsunami.

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