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How do you feel one year after the terrorist attacks?

Today marks one year since the September 11th tragedy. How do you feel about the attacks one year later? How do you feel about the way they changed America? Are you still trying to cope, or have you come to terms with what happened?

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My friend Jim won't post this and I feel as if everyone should read it. He wrote it while at work today!

September 11, 2002, a year ago today the hijacked planes flew,
their final destination no one had a clue.

The day started out sunny and clear,
as people filled into their offices with nothing to fear.

That would all change right before our eyes,
as for some their morning departure turned into their final goodbyes.

By 8:45 am that morning we get word the World Trade was ablaze,
early reports said a plane hit the tower, as it moved threw the haze.

Our ultimate nightmare unfolded at 9:03 am that day,
as a second plane hits the other tower, all we can do is begin to pray.

The news continued to funnel in, a plane had now hit the pentagon,
no one felt safe, but we had to remain strong.

The evidence of that strength was displayed at 10am that day,
when the passengers of Flight 93 sacrificed their lives, to over power the highjackers some way.

Their unselfish actions saved countless lives, more than we will every know,
It was a act of patriotism that only a true hero can show.

Before we knew it the unthinking unfolded right before eyes,
as the twin towers of the trade center crumbled from the skis.

In the weeks and months that followed the stories began to unfold,
as the brave actions of the emergency personal began to be told.

In total 2,801 lives were lost a year ago today,
each one a hero of this country in their own special way.

The past year has proved once again that Americans will unite,
to fight for the cause of freedom and an end to the terrorist plight.

So as we all look back and reflect on this sacred day,
lets all remember the victims in our own special way.

Touch base with friends and family and give thanks for the freedom
our nation has sacrificed to defend.

And the message to terrorist is simple, freedom always wins in the end!

Maureen , Brookline

I believe the problem starts with religion. I don’t care what religion, Christians, Jews, Muslims etc, and it will never be solved until we start looking at each other not as a Muslim, Jew or whatever but as Human beings. For centuries each group sees their god(s) as the one true god and everyone else is damned to hell. This is a fact that can’t be denied. Some fanatics take this “belief” to extremes and decide to give their god a hand by speeding up the so-called “judgment day”. Religion is the worst thing to ever happen to humans, it allows us to give up any responsibility for our actions just by using the magic words “god is on my side” “god must have wanted it to be this way”, “we are god’s chosen people”, “I could not have done this without god”, “This land was given to us by god” and my favorite, “god made me do it”. The problem in the Middle East and the rest of the world will never be solved because of religion. If you think I’m full of *#@%, you must be religious. “God Bless”.

Freethinker, Cambridge

To Ed Yankee of Newbury, if you're talking about them demeaning women, you should visit a XXX video store soon. Take your kids to a Britney role model concert. And our crime punishment methods are so good that we have 10% of our population behind bars and you are paying for their meals and entertainment. Open your eyes pal.

deidre, bellingham

I am still heartbroken that so many people were murdered. I love my country and I love being an American. I thank God every day for letting me live in this country. I am angry that the media continues to try to be politically correct... this is not a tragic loss... this was mass murder! They killed over 3000 people out of hate. Many people need to wake up, who are we afraid of offending? I am offended. I am offended as a human being and as an American that terrorists/bands of hateful people/whatever you want to call them, hijacked our planes and flew them into buildings. KILLING thousands and maiming thousands more, taking away parents, spouses, lovers. siblings, children. All for the name of hate. I am offended that there is scum on earth CELEBRATING this mass murder. I am offended that we even have to look at this crap on t.v. I am offended when I see scum walk on the American flag, burn it, spit on it, and express their hate for us and our country. I am offended that there are many out there in the world and even here in our wonderful country that want to do it again - and we are the ones worrying about offending or hurting others. My wish on this day of mourning these mass murders is that the ignorant and self-serving idiots wake up.

Karen, Milford

I feel very sad today. All the coverage on television has brought my emotions to the surface. Good and bad, I guess. It is good that we will NEVER FORGET what devastation September 11th has inflicted on all Americans. It also reminds us that we need to stand with our President and our military to make sure that this does not happen to us ever again. God Bless the U.S.A.

louise, boston

I sat on a mountain pass in the Tetons last month and looked out over Wyoming and Idaho. My first thought was "The Great Experiment is still working". This is our country, this is our land, and no one can break us. Even after this, we're still here, and we're still strong. Anybody can come here and be anything they want to be, even a terrorist. Yes, we've done harm in the past, and perhaps even in the present. But when people are in trouble, when there's invasion, war, famine, disease, who do they call for help? And who responds?

Jack , Boston, MA

The one year anniversary of 9-11 is very difficult, harder than I would have imagined. It is so hard to hear the stories of families in grief and dealing with unimaginable loss. God Bless all those who have suffered. Their courage, strength and optimism is an inspiration. The one positive aspect of 9-11 is that the United States is more unified than ever and everyone is (and has been) coming together to help those in need. I pray that we will see an end to terrorism soon. I am not sure how much more grief the American people can handle.

Lindsay , Boston, MA

I woke up today and read the paper and cried for a little while. Then the tears subsided and I ate my cereal and hugged my dog and talked to my mom, but I still have a lump in my throat. It's so weird how as much as I want this to be a normal day, I just keep looking up at the sky...if I had one wish and it could be anything I've ever wanted in my life, I would wish that September 11, 2001 had just been an ordinary day with a nice blue sky and people going to work and kids playing and families laughing and dogs barking and morning coffee and even obnoxious new york drivers. I mean here I am sitting here, about to go upstairs and get dressed and go into Boston to see my friends, but the world has changed forever, so now my heart is with the 3000 people who were lost in this tragedy and their families and friends. May they find the strength to pull through, and I know they will. I realize now how thankful I am just to have each day to live, because so many people don't now. I hope everybody has a good day today and does something special if they so choose. As heartbroken as I am that America had to go through such a tragedy, I also feel honored and proud to be a part of this country and I think we have all done an amazing job persevering and pulling through, no matter how each of us chooses to cope. And even though I'm an agnostic and don't go to church every Sunday, I'll say it anyway because I mean it: God bless America.

spikeyannie, needham, ma

My best friend is from Libya. Yet it is so difficult for me not to harbor some hate against Arabs.....even though I know it was Al-queda who did this. How can I get through this hatred? If I feel this way and did not lose one single person in the attacks imagine what the victim's families feel.

Claudia, Newton

Today I will tell my loved ones that I love them, and I will hug a little longer. I will smile to the strangers on the streets. I will appreciate the life that I live in honor of all the innocent lives taken from this world a year ago today. Take today and begin again, wake up and thank your God for the chance to have another day, and love with all of your heart. God Bless America


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