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This past Tuesday, September 11, 2007, marked
the 6th Anniversary of the worst day in American
history, and one which we will never forget!
Yes, we will never forget right here on American soil, 4
hijacked planes each crashing into different targets: (1) the
North Tower of the World Trade Center, New York; (2) the South
Tower of the World Trade Center, New York; (3) The Pentagon in
Washington DC - American Airlines Flight 77; and (4) in a field in
the state of Pennsylvania - United Airlines Flight 93.
On this very sad day we held our hearts, covered our mouths
in disbelief, and in distress we cried because of what was taking
place right on our American soil, and most importantly we cried
and mourned for the many lives that was lost on that day.
From this very tragic event we lost nearly 3,000 precious
lives, all from different nationalities and religions, which
included firefighters and police officers. What
a horrific day this was for all in America and for many around the
remember where you were, and what you were doing?
I’m sure all of us do!
So, please feel free to
share with us what your experienced on this horrifying day!!!
For Todd and I, when the first plane at 8:46 am struck
the North Tower in New York and the 2nd Plane struck
the South Tower at about 9:03 am, we were engulfed in deep
conversation as we were heading to Tyson’s Corner, Virginia.
We are not quite sure exactly what point we were at, but our
route at that time on a daily basis was from Maryland to DC,
crossing over the 14th Street Bridge, and entering George
Washington Memorial Parkway to Tyson’s Corner.
However, we were so caught up in what we were discussing
that the radio was very low, but once I got to my destination at
around 9:55 am and got into my office I realized what was
happening. The TV was
on, which was strange and my colleagues were engrossed in the TV
and was not speaking, some were in tears, and many had lost color
to their skin. Once,
I focused on the TV and saw the towers in flames, and realized
that planes were high jacked and had slammed into the towers; I
became instantly panicked and worried, because I had just left
Todd’s side and all this was taking place. My first thought was we need to be together (who knows
“this might be the end”, which so many of us talk about). I immediately picked up the phone to dial Todd’s number but
at the same time my line was ringing and it was Todd trying to
reach me, he seemed to be in disbelief as well.
After our conversation, we decided it was best for him to
return to my office. We actually couldn’t believe, and was
thankful that we had just missed witnessing the 3rd
plane crashing into the Pentagon (that took place approximately
9:43 am, we had missed this by just a few minutes since we had
just passed the Pentagon, as we were getting off the 14th
Street Bridge and was entered on to George Washington Parkway.
Actually, we believe it must have
passed over our car without us noticing it, since it was reported
that the plane approached the Capital made a couple of turns, and
finally began descending on to the Pentagon.)
Todd immediately returned to my office and was just in time
to witness the falling of the South tower around 10:05 am.
In the meantime, Flight 77 had already hit the Pentagon, so
we noticed the fighter jets whisking by my office window at top
speeds (which was a real sight), and as we were glued to
the TV in disbelief, we witnessed the collapsing of the North
Tower at around 10:28 am. Due to the painfulness, it took some time to get our
composure because what we were witnessing was beyond words and
beyond comprehension. Once
we did get our composure, we figured it would be best to head
home. However, that
was a nightmare in itself, because it was one of the worst traffic
days in history, and from my recollection one of the hottest days
as well. We were on
the highway for hours, watching all the military helicopters, and
army vehicles filled with army personnel hustling by all around
us. It was the most
gut- wrenching, dreadful and surreal day for me, I was numb! As we
all know and experienced, the hours and days thereafter were pretty hard to
bear (for all of us).
For me, all I could
think about was the pain those who were trapped in the building
feeling sickened as I watching on TV the many who jumped out the
windows of the buildings, and watching their bodies fall as they
appear to be like birds falling from the sky.
I remember praying “Dear God, please send your angels to
capture these souls as they fall, so that they will be nestled in
the arms of your angels in comfort, as they are taken to you in
peace.” I hoped
that many didn’t suffer, that their end was swift, and that they
were indeed in the arms of their God!
What a very horrifying day September 11, 2001, was for all
As you remember the approximately 2,974 lives that was lost on
this tragic day, I ask that you keep the many families and friends
of all the victims of 9/11 in your thoughts and prayers, they will
forever mourn the lost of their loved ones.
I know many of you really don’t want to hear about this
anymore and even question the facts surrounding this entire
incident, including all the facts that have come out regarding all
the conspiracy theories surrounding this incident, I understand
even Architects and Engineers are questioning the collapsing of
the buildings. However,
we must always keep this tragic incident in our minds and in our
hearts, because this was a day most of us here in America felt
powerless, and the incident itself was unfathomable and left us
all grief stricken. Yes,
we must always keep this in mind - loosing so many lives at one
time and in such a short time.
As I close out this small tribute, I must share with
you that many of the lives lost in this 9/11 tragedy six years ago
were of Caribbean decent, and I must commend Hardbeatnews.com
(Daily Caribbean Diaspora News) from New York for doing a great
tribute to these victims by listing all the Caribbean victims, by
Country and many by names. Click on the "Hardbeatnews" sign below, which is a
link to see their tribute “Remember the Caribbean Victims of
9/11” and to read the countries from which many of the victims were from, as well as many of their names.
I also want you to keep in mind an important
factor as we move on with our lives.
You see the leaders of America have sent many of our
troops to far away/foreign lands to fight wars, but a question you
must ask yourself is: What about the American borders…are they
protected? Are our priorities straight, and are we focusing on
protecting this country? Again,
I ask, who is here in America to protect all the Borders, and the
American people? We
absolutely need to make sure we are protected here on American
soil, and that we have enough military personnel here in America to
do so, if in-case
anything like this should every happen again!!!!
God bless America, God bless all the men and
women who lost their life on September 11, 2001, and God Bless
their families and friends as they struggle to move on with their
lives after enduring such pain, suffering and losses.
The healing will indeed take a lifetime and their memories
will be vivid for years to come!!!
On of our on-line family shared
with us a song that is a tribute to the victims of 9/11, which is
very lovely. Please
listen to this song (MP3) by clicking on to the following link: http://www.musicpowers.com//music/heaven-911-tribute.mp3,
Also, check out the video at http://www.myspace.com/heavensept11
Congratulations to Mayor Sheila Dixon of
Baltimore Maryland for winning the Primary Elections yesterday
(September 11th) and keeping her position as Mayor of Baltimore. Mayor Dixon became Mayor after former Mayor
Martin O'Malley won the race (election) for Governor of Maryland.
Congratulations also to City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake for
winning the primary elections and staying the President of the City Council in
Rawlings-Blake moved up and became the City Council President (Mayor Dixon's
former position) after Governor O'Malley won the elections. On a
future blast, I intend to spend some time talking about these two powerful
ladies. I do hope they continue working together to succeed in reducing
the high rate of crime in Baltimore.
Congratulations to the New Prime Minister of Jamaica “Orette Bruce Golding”
of the Jamaica Labor Party. Mr.
Golding was sworn in yesterday, September 11, 2007, after winning the election
on September 3. It’s
unfortunate, that the Honorable Portia Simpson-Miller (the first female Prime
Minister) did not win, because she was loved by many citizens of Jamaica, and
she was well on her way of doing “big” things for Jamaica and its
citizens. Her time was too short,
and I personally hate to see her go!!!!
Late Last week, St. Lucia lost its Prime
Minister, Sir John George Melvin Compton, who succumbed from his battle with
illness after suffering several mild strokes earlier this year.
President Bush, and People around the world are paying tribute to Sir
John and offering their condolences. We at Arious send our sincerest
condolences to his wife, children, all his family and friends.
I don’t know much about Sir John, but from my readings he was a very
loved man. Rest in Peace Sir John!!!
Now, on a more happier note, our friend Sekou of Sekouflex
Entertainment has scheduled an Appreciation Party. This will be taking place this weekend on Saturday, September
15 at Mayorga, located at 8040 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring,
Maryland. Sekou is
extremely appreciative of your continued support, and he hopes you
will join him on Saturday. The
DJs at this event is Shiloh Int’l, Fyahoats and Black Spider,
for additional details scroll down to our “Featured Events” to
view the flyer, or log on to our “Events” page.
You can also click on the picture above.
Sekou can also be reached if you have any questions at
I must say before I close it was wonderful to see such a great
turn out this past Sunday at the Buju Banton, Beenie Man and
Taurus Riley’s concert. Of
course, we missed many of the performers, but we understand the
artist Prophet Benjamin from Trinidad who was also among the
“lineup” was excellent. We
are glad to know that he was well received by so many here in the
Wash. DC/Maryland/Virginia areas.
Best of luck to the Prophet as he progresses through his
career, and in his plight of crossing over to mainstream.
I did some research to see if his music was available on
amazon.com or iTunes, but it seems not. Therefore, you can check
out some of his music on his myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/theprophetbenjamin
To all of you our on-line
family, thanks for reading and for always supporting us. As you may know
without you there would be no us. So thanks very much for your support.
Enjoy this weekend and the upcoming week!