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Monday, September 11, 2017 – Remembering

Monday, September 11, 2017 – Remembering September 11, 2001

Monday, August 14, 2017 – Charlottesville

Monday, August 14, 2017 – Charlottesville

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive hate: only love can do that.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

George H. W. Bush Library. Photo by me.

As the Nazi and white supremacy groups prepare to bring their hateful rhetoric and bigoted spewing propaganda to the campus of Texas A&M and to Earl Rudder Plaza, please know the following five facts:

  1. General James Earl Rudder commanded Pointe du Hoc in the Invasion of Normandy to rid Europe of the hatred and bigotry they endorse. They shame his heroism and his memory.
  2. The organizers ARE NOT graduates of Texas A&M University. TAMU is a public institution and by law cannot deny a public group a meeting place regardless of the message.
  3. Texas A&M does not endorse or tolerate any of the thoughts, actions or values portrayed by such hate groups.
  4. The Texas Aggies have sent more soldiers to wars to fight the Nazis and those like them than you will ever see. The Twelfth Man is not only for athletics.
  5. The Maroon Wall is forming to counter the protests. On September 11, in the shadows of Earl Rudder Tower and on Earl Rudder Plaza, I WILL be part of the Maroon Wall. You are not taking me, my alma mater, my state, my country to a world of oppression and hatred.

    My Aggie leavings at a Traveling Wall for John R Baldridge Jr. MIA Vietnam Conflict. Texas Aggie and hero whose POW/MIA bracelet I wore in college. Photo by me.

    Pray for those in Charlottsville. Pray for peace in the USA.

September 11, 2016 – Fifteen Years Ago

September 11, 2016 – Fifteen Years Ago

Fifteen years ago at 7:44 AM EST the world and lives changed forever.  We shall not forgot.


Thursday, September 10, 2015 – The Day Before The World Forever Changed

Thursday, September 10, 2015 – The Day Before The World Forever Changed

Tomorrow when you wake up and realize it is September 11, your first thought will be “where was I?” at 8:46 AM that morning fourteen years ago.

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Taken from The Hudson River – check out the tug boat at the bottom left for an idea of the size. The photograph is actually in color (look at the building to the right of the second tower), but shooting into the sun gives a silhouetted look. This photograph, with the caption, is copyrighted by me.

According to the established time line for that morning – At 8:46:30 American Airlines Flight 11 crashed at roughly 466 mph (790 km/h or 219m/s or 425 knots) into the north face of the North Tower (1 WTC) of the World Trade Center, between floors 93 and 99.

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Another view of the towers from The Hudson.

My second thought will be: I was in the air on an American Airlines flight returning to Texas from Tampa, Florida. It could have been my flight. Tampa would later be revealed as a possible terrorist training ground.

In going through boxes I found two boxes of 35mm slides from my first trip to New York City in 1986. I share these three photographs with you today as a reminder of those who sacrificed their lives that day and for those who sacrifice their lives on a daily basis for our freedom.

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Taken from a helicopter. Look slightly to the right and you can see Liberty Island.

September 11, 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014 – Patriot’s Day

Tuesday, September 11, 2001 at 8:46:30 AM – American Airlines Flight 11 hits the North Tower of the Twin Towers. or Tower One of The World Trade Center.

The inscription at the bottom of the picture reads: “At the time of their completion in 1973 the “Twin Towers” were the tallest buildings in the world. The North Tower, World Trade Center One, was 1,368 feet tall. The South Tower, World Trade Center Two, was 1,362 feet tall. The Twin Towers were destroyed in the terrorists’ attacks on September 11, 2001.”

I took this photograph on July 22, 1986. The last of the five World Trade Center Buildings was completed that year.

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With the Hudson River in background. Probably taken from atop the Empire State Building.

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