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A Reflection On This Date

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Good afternoon, everyone! Can you believe there are only 9 more days left in this season?  I’ll probably write up some recap of how I feel about this season when I can put the words together because I have quite a few opinions (shocker, I know). It was definitely a weird season with the underdogs never really having a shot as soon as they became the underdog. A systematic dismantling of each evicted player one by one which never created an opportunity for any group of underdogs to team up and actually change the course of the season. It was quite an impressive feat and one that will likely be copied in future seasons without nearly as much success. This one took the perfect storm of a really intelligent and experienced player, some key early gifts from production, and a group of people simply just bad at this game.

Before I begin today, as longtime readers have known, I stray away from Big Brother on this blog much less than I used to in earlier seasons covering the show. It’s a combination of people saying I got too personal and way too much content on the feeds to keep me busy. I’m not complaining. That criticism was correct, and I think I have found a pretty good balance of show versus real life these last few seasons. Anyway, I am going off-topic here for a minute to remember what happened 16 years ago in this country. It was a Tuesday morning with weather almost identical to what we have today (in my area) when hijackers took over numerous planes and changed the country forever. At first, people assumed it was likely just some weird pilot error, but when the second plane hit, we knew something strange was going on. When the Pentagon was also struck, complete panic swept the nation as people realized exactly what was happening and that it could be currently happening in any part of the country.

It was a Tuesday morning with weather almost identical to what we have today (in my area) when hijackers took over numerous planes and changed the country forever. At first, people assumed it was likely just some weird pilot error, but when the second plane hit, we knew something strange was going on. When the Pentagon was also struck, complete panic swept the nation as people realized exactly what was happening and that it could be currently happening in any part of the country. Everything shut down, planes were grounded, and we sat nervously watching the news until the very last plane was accounted for and safe. At that point, we were just left in horror as we helplessly watched smoke rising from the New York City skyline after both buildings from the World Trade Center had fallen.

What happened after was truly an oddity, especially for a country as divided as we are today. We came together. Before the blame. Before the finger pointing. Before the anger. We were all one nation of brothers and sisters. We mourned the loss of those who died on that day while celebrated the heroes who did not think twice about risking their own lives to rush into burning buildings to try to save just one more person. Over the next 16 years, families in that area will continue to suffer loss as the surviving heroes of that attack started getting sick at alarming rates. Those people were warned the air around ground zero may be toxic, but they remained there for days, weeks, and months to continue their rescue and cleanup effort. They had no choice in their mind because we were a family. Race, religion, political party, and other issues that divide us today meant nothing as those heroes remained to try to save just one more person.

Let us remember those people who showed us what America really is.

Now, I started this post as a live feed update thread but ended up going on about this day. That is why if you somehow stumbled on this post and wonder why it’s a disorganized mess, it’s because it was not indented to be a complete article on this topic, but I felt it would be inappropriate to follow up such a strong memory with petty bickering and insults from inside a reality game show.  I will be posting a live update thread soon enough, but for now, we remember.

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    God Bless America! #NEVERFORGET

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    Thank You, Steve, Thank You…….

    September 11, 2011…….the day the world stopped. We all know exactly where we were, and who we were with, that horrible tragic moment in time. Lives forever changed. That day, and the days that followed, we united as Americans. How we need that unity again. September 11, 2001………the day that dropped our Nation to it’s knees in prayer, love, and compassion. We mourn, and honor, each precious and innocent life lost that horrible day……and their loved ones as well. We thank all of the brave people who worked tirelessly in the rescue efforts, and thereafter, to recover our beautiful Americans. We honor and respect all of our courageous military troops who have lost their lives, and those with such life changing mental and physical wounds, in the never ending fight against terrorism. God bless and protect our people……. God bless and protect our beautiful United States of America. September 11, 2001. We Remember. Today, and every day, We Will Never Forget………

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    A day of remembrance & sorrow for all of America we will never forget. Heartfelt thoughts for everyone who lost someone that day or in the days to follow. Huge gratefulness to the many unsung heros. #AmericaStrong

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    I hope the house guests take some time out to remember the meaning of today. Maybe, just maybe they can NOT make it all about themselves today.

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    Thank you Steve for the reflection. It is much appreciated. God Bless the USA!

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    A Canadian perspective on the events of Sept 11th/01. I will admit I cried and felt bad for the people in the USA and especially those in NYC and my heart goes out to the people who lost friends and family to this senseless tragedy.

    I can tell you as a proud Canadian I have nothing but love and respect for the Country and People of the USA. I do a lot of business in the USA and vacation in the US and I am happy to say I have visited all but 3 States. (Left on my list is Hawaii, Texas, Delaware to complete the set) My favourite Cities are NYC, Boston, Las Vegas, Chicago and New Orleans.

    I went to NYC in October to pay my respect to the City and the Victims of 9/11. I remember walking around the Church that is across the street from the World Trade Center and I went over to Chelsea Pier to pick up my pass to go on the ramp that overlooked the site.

    To me it looked like a construction site but you could see all the damage done to all the buildings in that area. It was when I walked down the ramp and saw the notes and photos from the families that lost a loved one or friend that I began to cry. I couldn’t hold back the tears and my heart ached for the victims.

    16 years later there is still a hole in my heart on what happened that day not only to the Victims of the World Trade Center, but the plane that crashed into the Pentagon and the Plane that went down in Pittsburgh.

    The innocence of the World changed that day along with the Freedom of the World. We now have tighter security checks, we all feel just a little bit more unsafe and secure in the World. But we rebuild and we stand united and stronger.

    Terrorism is exactly that trying to cause anarchy and strip people of their freedom and our way of life. They gave us a deep cut that day but we will mend but the scar remains as a reminder to all those that lost their life on that day. No amount of terrorism will detract me from our freedoms. UNITED WE STAND!

    From Canada with love…. GOD BLESS AMERICA!

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