Project Rememberance

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The WTC site photographed from a commuter ferry in March 2000 and August 2002

Several weeks ago we asked what you want a future generation to know about 9/11. We've assembled your suggestions into an electronic scrapbook. We'd like to thank you, the FOX News community, for sharing your suggestions. Judy of Poplar Bluff, Missouri captured perfectly the reasons why we wanted to do this project:

"In your Project Remembrance could you include what the heartland of this nation felt as the day developed? We've heard many times since 9/11 the reflections of those in power, and they are to be admired for their leadership. However, only the reflections of 'regular folk' all across the land can give an outsider some clue about what it means to be an American when our 'family' is attacked."

(Craig Ehrich)
Per Mary of Creedmoor, TX, we have included a picture of steel beams from the WTC now in front of Good Shephard Catholic Church in northern Manhattan.

An anonymous FOX Fan found this poem on the Internet and asked for it to be included in the scrapbook.

By Cheryl B. Sawyer Ed.D

As the soot and dirt and ash rained down,
We became one color.
As we carried each other down the stairs of the burning buildings,
We became one class.
As we lit candles of waiting and hope,
We became one generation.
As the firefighters and police officers fought their way into the inferno,
We became one gender.
As we fell to our knees in prayer for strength,
We became one faith.
As we whispered or shouted words of encouragement,
We spoke one language.
As we gave our blood in lines a mile long,
We became one body.
As we mourned together our great loss,
We became one family.
As we cried tears of grief and loss,
We became one soul.
As we retell with pride of the sacrifice of heroes,
We become one people.

We are one color, one class, one generation, one gender, one faith, one language, one body, one family, one soul, one people.

We are The Power of One. We are United. We are America.
(Reprinted with permission from the author)

(Copyright Rob Welham BA, freelance photographer)
Outside the American Embassy in London, a note reads, "President Bush, you can have my teddy bear for America."
(Copyright Rob Welham BA, freelance photographer)
Flowers and remembrances in Grosvenor Square outside the American Embassy in London

The World Expressed Sympathy...
"I would put into the time capsule the messages from people of other countries to us. They were very moving expressions of sympathy and love. — Audrey, Dayton, OH

One FOX Fan shared the story from a young ensign aboard the USS Winston Churchill. Days after the attacks a German Navy destroyer, Lutjens, hailed the U.S. destroyer requesting permission to pass close by its port side. The captain granted the request and the personnel aboard the USS Churchill prepared to render honors to the German ship from the bridge. As the ship drew closer the crew could see that Lutjens was flying not only the German flag, but the American flag at half mast. The entire crew of the German ship was standing at attention in their dress uniforms, with a sign they had made. It read, "WE STAND BY YOU."

Read the whole story and see pictures at the USS Winston Churchill's site.

Rob Welham, a freelance photographer and a FOX Fan from Britain, sent us several photos (see left). He wrote: "As a professional press photographer working out of London, England, I covered both memorial services and tributes...I was moved and much affected by the emotions and grief that hung over the Roosevelt Monument [outside the U.S. Embassy]."

...But Some Rejoiced in Our Sorrow

Palestinians celebrating in the streets on 9/11/01

Carl of Lynnwood, Washington wrote, "I know that many people will think that my idea is 'politically incorrect.' What I would like to be remembered is the Arabs dancing in the street celebrating the death of 3,000 people."

Lisa Beamer shows her 4-year-old son David a decal on the nose of an F-16 fighter jet in Egg Harbor Township, N.J., March 25, 2002.

"Let's Roll!"
"The words of Todd Beamer, 'Let's roll', should stand out. It has been the rallying cry for the country."
— Paige

Todd Beamer

Beamer was aboard Flight 93, which has been dubbed the "hero flight." It is believed that several passengers rushed the hijackers and prevented yet another plane from crashing into a building.

So Many...
"One of the things that stands out in my mind from 9/11 are the posters that people made of their loved ones and friends that they were looking for. There were so many of them on walls and poles near the site. That put into perspective how many people were missing." — Nancy, Easton, PA

Raymond Dingle, at a memorial in Grand Central Terminal, touches a photo of his nephew who died in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11.

Missing posters from Sept. 11 still fill a section of a wall outside of St. Vincent's Hospital in New York's West Village.

(AP/Copyright 2001 The Record, Thomas E. Franklin)
Three Brooklyn firefighters raise a flag at Ground Zero on 9/11. This photo was requested by many of you, including FOX Fans Mike, Brandon, and Linda.

Shock, and Recovery
"Where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day? There are so many things that happened that day...all the air traffic totally stopped, how silent and strange it all was. Sadness, the weight of it all is seen in many, many millions of ways; every living creature knew something had gone terribly wrong." — Cindy, Lincoln, TX

"I want to share the feeling of patriotism I felt as a veteran of this great country when, at a NASCAR race of all places after 'God Bless the USA' and the National Anthem had just been sung by Lee Greenwood, it was announced by the track president that the first attacks on the Taliban by the U.S. forces had just taken place. Hearing over 180,000 people cheer and scream for vengeance at once is a sound I'll never forget." — Brandon, St. Charles, MO

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