Friday, September 08, 2006

Blogs Across America Set to Commemorate 9/11

It's called Project 2,996, and the goal is to have 2,996 different bloggers remember a different victim of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks this coming Monday, the fifth anniversary of "9/11."

A number of local bloggers, including BodyPolitic's Josh Gross, will be participating in this original and inspirational project, but like all good things - FITS couldn't resist being just a step ahead of the crowd.

Actually, we were several steps behind this time as it turns out, because the Project 2,996 list had already been finalized by the time we heard about the website and tried to sign up.

But borrowing a page from local blogger Brian McCarty, we figure no one will be particularly offended if some people get honored more than once.

You know, so much has already been written about "9/11" that charting any new ground is next to impossible. Of the thousands of lives that were lost that day, so many hundreds of thousands of other lives were impacted that the sheer scope of the tragedy defies comprehension.

"They're (crying) like they knew the man," a character in Oliver Stone's film JFK derisively says of the former President Kennedy's mourners on November 22, 1963.

Well, on Sept. 11, 2001, they did. Practically everybody in America knew somebody who knew somebody who died.

We've read the 9/11 Report and a number of different writings on the subject, but the book that probably does the best job zeroing in on the individual sacrifice of that day is "102 Minutes," a minute-by-minute account of the fight for survival inside the twin towers. Written by veteran New York Times reporters Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn, "102 Minutes" provides one of the most chilling, up-close-and-personal accounts of the tragedy as told by the people who did - and in many cases - didn't survive it.

One story we found particularly riveting was that of Abe Zelmanowitz, an employee with Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield who worked on the 27th floor of the North Tower, the first tower struck on September 11.

Rather than evacuate the building with his colleagues, Zelmanowitz chose instead to stay with his best friend Ed Beyea, a paraplegic confined to a heavy wheelchair - in a building where the elevators were no longer working. Dozens of friends, rescue workers - even Beyea himself - implored Zelmanowitz to leave, but he never left his friend's side.

Both men were killed when the North Tower collapsed at 10:28 a.m.

In two towers, the Pentagon and aboard the four hijacked airplanes, there are countless stories to be found, many of which participants in Project 2,996 will explore in detail.

This is as it should be.

Just as it is vitally important for America to win its war against terrorism, it is equally important that we keep telling each other the stories of September 11.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

So I take it you're not going to your girl K-Flo's 9/11 dove shoot?

11:33 AM

Blogger Miss Chris said...

What a wonderful post. Plaese stop by my blog as I remember Debra Paris who was also killed in the World Trade Center.

12:22 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will --- who is sleepign with K-FLO by the by --- has no business talking about 911. In fact Why could he have not been in the WTC on 911? Matbe we will all get lucky and you will get shot at the duck shoot Will.

2:21 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"In fact Why could he have not been in the WTC on 911? Matbe we will all get lucky and you will get shot at the duck shoot Will."

Without a doubt the most unintelligible thing I have read in years. What a retard.

3:34 PM

Blogger Earl Capps said...

Me too. I will actually be remembering two people who were murdered by Al-Queda on 9/11, in two separate postings. One of them I already planned to talk about before I saw your 2996 project tip, and the other one I signed up to commemorate.

We can all talk about our own personal experiences, but I think it's far better to make sure these people are remembered - and the butchers responsible for this atrocity (and many others) brought to justice.

5:01 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous 1 and 2,

You stupid jackass son of a bitch. Sept. 11, 2001 was one of the darkest days in the history of our great nation. FITS chooses to tell the story of one of the many heroic efforts of the day, and you come out spewing your garbage? You stupid jackass son of a bitch.

8:49 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Controlled demolition, people. Wake up.

1:48 AM

Blogger The Body Politic - Joshua Gross said...

I have to say that putting the Johnny Heff memorial together as part of the Project 2996 has been very emotionally draining. It's great to honor the men and women that died that day, but hard to do it in a way that could possibly have any real meaning for the loved ones they left behind.

I just hope that what I post on Sunday night is worthwhile enough, but I can't help feeling that sense that somehow we could've done more...

Thanks for the post, Will.

7:39 AM

Blogger The Cackalacky Candidate said...

Anonymous 3 is absolutely correct in stating that "Sept. 11, 2001 was one of the darkest days in the history of our great nation."

American society incurred great losses in many aspects: Loss of innocence, loss of complacency, loss of a sense of American invulnerability, loss of certainty about the future for many Americans, loss of a sense of control for many American, loss of privacy born out of the necessity to prevent the next terrorist attach....the loss of the American way of life as it used to be. The list can go on and on and on. Simply put, 9/11 was an American paradigm shift

9/11 has become an American symbol, in the same light as The Alamo, Pearl Harbor, and the Civil War. 9/11 has a profound meaning to many people. It reaches into their soul and core being, and brings out their strongest emotions.

9/11 is our most prominent American Political Symbol. So consider the symbolism in the following statement:

Republicans Celebrate 9/11 by Shooting Doves

What is the symbolism in shooting the symbol of peace on the fifth anniversary of 9/11?

What more effective way is there to bring national embarrassment to South Carolina and drive swing voters away from a Republican Party that lays claim to being the party of values?

Karen Floyd has cast a pebble that my ripple through the ballot box:

Suffice it to say that Mrs. Floyd was ill advised and responded by exercising poor judgement. (She would have been better off sending out invitations for an ex-husband shoot.)

This single invitation to a dove shoot on 9/11 effectively negates every position and policy paper on her campaign website.

What South Carolina voters will likely lose is meaningful policy debate on public education if the dove shoot flap takes center stage?

8:33 AM

Blogger David said...

thanks for participating, any way you want to is great!! 2996
never forget

7:25 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lest we also forget the Murrah Federal building, live test for Al Queda of ANFO type IEDs covered up by the Klinton Reich

now we have 3000 more dead 'cause Clinton lied

9:54 AM


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