Remembering September 11th ~ Outside the Margins with Lynley Wayne

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Sept-11th

There are certain events in our lives that leave a permanent mark. September 11th, 2001 was one such event for many Americans. Senseless violence touched the fabric of these United States creating ripples that were far reaching. It left a scar that will forever remain as a reminder of the tragedy that happened that day.

For an entire generation it is our President Kennedy moment.

Growing up, I can recall hearing my parents and grandparents talking about where they were and what they were doing when President Kennedy was shot. It was an event that was so etched in their memories that those details are still clear over fifty years later. Hearing them talk about that day made an impact on me. It was the emotion with which they spoke about that tragedy I remember the most.

I hear that same emotion in the voices of people speaking about that terrible day fourteen years ago. There is now a definitive line that marks the before and after; a precise moment in time when so much changed.

I remember sitting in the living room of my apartment listening to the local radio station as they gave a play by play of events, while outside my window armed soldiers and military transports blocked the entrance to the Sea Bee base. I didn’t have television at the time, so the radio was my only source of information. It wasn’t until much later that night before I actually saw the footage for the first time. It was so much worse than what I had envisioned. Even then it was like my mind refused to believe what was happening.

In the days following the attack I watched as a nation set aside prejudices and worked together. There was no skin color, religious differences, no sexual orientation, there were only Americans. Instead of letting it destroy us, we banded together and we showed the world what it meant to a citizen of these United States of America. Through tragedy, we persevered.

It was a dark time, but in that darkness shined some very bright lights. Some of those lights were lost that day, and the days following. Brave men and women made the ultimate sacrifice while trying to save complete strangers. Heroes were born and died that day.

While I don’t think I will ever be able to think about September 11th without sadness in my heart, I try, each year, to remember the good things that came from that tragedy.9_11 Quote

Where were you September 11th, 2001?

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Lynley was a 2014 Lambda Literary Awards Finalist. She published her first book in September of 2012 and hasn’t looked back. When not writing she can found reading or coming up with creative ways to avoid housework. While Lynley Wayne may be a pen name, the woman behind it is very real and believes everyone is entitled to their own version of happiness. She looks forward to the day when who, or how, we love is no longer an issue.

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About Lynley Wayne

Lynley was a 2014 Lambda Literary Awards Finalist. She published her first book in September of 2012 and hasn’t looked back. When not writing she can found reading or coming up with creative ways to avoid housework. While Lynley Wayne may be a pen name, the woman behind it is very real and believes everyone is entitled to their own version of happiness. She looks forward to the day when who or how we love is no longer an issue.
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2 thoughts on “Remembering September 11th ~ Outside the Margins with Lynley Wayne

  1. I was also listening to the radio. I was in my kitchen washing dishes. I thought it was a plane of tourists at first. Tragic, but an accident. Then the radio announced a second plane. I remember dropping the plate I was washing. I went into the living room and turned on the tv. That’s when I found out how bad it was.

  2. I think 9/11 was our JFK moment. I recall the day like no time had past at all. Since then, when I hear or think of the events of 9/11, I feel the floor below me drop out. The pictures and images bring tears to my eyes even today. However, I do recall that we were all in it together. It wasn’t a “look at what happened in NY” it happened to all of us. I recall everyone being kinder, more helpful and the phrase, “These Colors Don’t Run” being passed around. I’m sorry that we don’t take more stock today in Sept 11th and on the 4th of July. Maybe we all need to recall what these days mean to us as Americans.

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