A day of Death, a day of Pride…

 Twelve years ago today, tragedy was visited on the populations of New York  City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania.

     It wasn’t an act of God, but rather of the Godless. Desperate to gain attention for a despicable cause, a group of radicals planned an audacious attack to maim and kill indiscriminately, and they carried it out in precise and deadly fashion. It was an deed so cowardly in its concept that the entire civilized world reeled in shock and dismay.


Through the horror of it all, people of different races, religions and backgrounds banded together in a concerted effort to simply survive. And survive we did, but we lost so many. So many good souls, who had moments before been doing what we all do in the course of the day.


Some of the grim statistics:

Total number killed in attacks in New York: 2,753

Number of firefighters and paramedics killed: 343

Number of NYPD officers: 23

Number of Port Authority police officers: 37

Number of WTC companies in the towers that lost people: 128

Number of employees who died in the two Towers: 2,016

Number of civilians killed in four planes: 227

Number of civilians killed on Flight 93: 33

Number of nations whose citizens were killed in attacks: 115

Number of families who got no remains: 1,717

Estimated units of blood donated to the New York Blood Center:36,000

Number of people who lost a spouse or partner in the attacks:1,609

Estimated number of children who lost a parent: 3,051

Number of funerals attended by Rudy Giuliani in 2001: 200

Tons of debris removed from site: 1,506,124

Days after 9/11 that the U.S. began bombing Afghanistan: 26

Economic loss to New York in month following the attacks: $105 billion

Estimated cost of cleanup: $600 million

Estimated amount donated to 9/11 charities: $1.4 billion

Estimated amount of money raised for funds dedicated to NYPD and FDNY families: $500 million

Average benefit already received by each FDNY and NYPD widow:$1 million

Estimated number of New Yorkers suffering from post-traumatic-stress disorder as a result of 9/11: 422,000

What this band of savages failed to take into account was the resolve and resiliency of the American people. A fighting spirit so deep, that 33 brave passengers on Flight 93 met their death while battling the terrorists aboard, causing the doomed airplane to crash in a Pennsylvania field.


It was a moment of terror and confusion, but in the end, we as a country turned it into something more. We united as one, turned our collective faces to the west, and sought out those who had desecrated our shores. Country-western superstar Toby Keith said it best:

Soon as we could see clearly
Through our big black eye
Man, we lit up your world
Like the Fourth of July.


Since we began our counter-attack a little over three weeks after 9/11, we have killed thousands of those responsible, and in 2011, their insidious leader (I’ll not honor his memory by mentioning his name) was gunned down in his pajamas by a team of our finest and bravest, the U.S. Navy Seals.

Is the battle over? No, sadly not. As long as evil strides the earth, strife will continue, and the beloved will fall in battle. But through it all, remember one thing:

We are a God-fearing nation, strong and proud, and we will fight to the last man, woman and child to keep it that way. Our ancestors worked, bled and died to make this a nation of freedom – freedom to live, to prosper, and to pursue our own dreams. And to anyone who dares interfere with that dream, BEWARE. The bright lights of the Fourth of July will be your fate, as well.

God bless all who lost their lives that fateful day, and may he visit his strength upon all who survived them and mourn.

And God bless the U.S.A.

About Thomas Rydder

Greetings, and thanks for stopping by. I'm a civil engineer in beautiful Charleston, SC, and recently decided to attempt writing fiction in the horror and suspense genres. On my site are links to helpful writing sites, book reviews, and someday soon, my books on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I'm married to a beautiful woman who manages to forgive me on a daily basis, and we have two dogs and two cats who all manage to be both mischievious and precious at the same time. In my spare time (which has decreased in size considerably), I also enjoy fishing, reading, genealogy, and watching my beloved Pittsburgh Steelers.
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4 Responses to A day of Death, a day of Pride…

  1. Thanks for your stirring article. You have said it so much better than I ever could.

  2. markrhunter says:

    Well said, sir.

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