9/11: a day never to forget

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It’s hard to believe that sixteen years ago, I was a senior in high school at Osbourn in Manassas, Virginia. The day started out like any other typical school day, I attended my first and second period classes without fully realizing the horror that was happening outside in the real world. I found out soon enough in my third period class, when my teacher announced that terrorists had hijacked two planes and crashed them into the twin towers of the World Trade Center. She also told us they hijacked another plane and crashed it into the Pentagon and a fourth plane with its destination undetermined (later, we found out passengers had fought back against the terrorists and the plane crashed in Pennsylvania).

I remember feeling completely shocked and helpless when I saw the images on the television, especially when both towers of the World Trade Center collapsed. I was overcome with emotion, but I held the tears back because I did not want to cry in front of everyone. Believe me, it was hard to do. A lot of people were in tears or very close to it. Lunch time, which was normally loud and festive, was quiet and subdued. Eating lunch felt hollow and sad. Worry also plagued my mind because my mother and aunt worked in DC and I had trouble communicating with them to see if they were safe. When I finally went home, I found my mother and aunt were safe and all right.

That night, I cried for the loss of life and the heroism that was shown by the fire fighters, rescue workers, police officers, and coast guard members who risked their lives to save people trapped in the twin towers of the World Trade Center before they collapsed. Seeing the towers go down hurts. Even after eleven years, every time I see footage of the twin towers of the World Trade Center collapse, I have tears in my eyes.

9/11 changed us all that day and I believe we should never forget what happened that day.

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Memorial Day is not ordinary holiday, but a day to honor lost love ones and those who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend freedom and liberty. Take a moment and honor these brave men and women by sending a care package overseas or donating money to the USO. You can also help our wounded soldiers as well by volunteering or donating money to the Wounded Warrior Project. By helping our soldiers, it will brighten their day and let them know that we back home care about the work and sacrifice they do everyday to keep us safe.

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9/11: a day never to forget

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It’s hard to believe that fifthteen years ago, I was a senior in high school at Osbourn in Manassas, Virginia. The day started out like any other typical school day, I attended my first and second period classes without fully realizing the horror that was happening outside in the real world. I found out soon enough in my third period class, when my teacher announced that terrorists had hijacked two planes and crashed them into the twin towers of the World Trade Center. She also told us they hijacked another plane and crashed it into the Pentagon and a fourth plane with its destination undetermined (later, we found out passengers had fought back against the terrorists and the plane crashed in Pennsylvania).

I remember feeling completely shocked and helpless when I saw the images on the television, especially when both towers of the World Trade Center collapsed. I was overcome with emotion, but I held the tears back because I did not want to cry in front of everyone. Believe me, it was hard to do. A lot of people were in tears or very close to it. Lunch time, which was normally loud and festive, was quiet and subdued. Eating lunch felt hollow and sad. Worry also plagued my mind because my mother and aunt worked in DC and I had trouble communicating with them to see if they were safe. When I finally went home, I found my mother and aunt were safe and all right.

That night, I cried for the loss of life and the heroism that was shown by the fire fighters, rescue workers, police officers, and coast guard members who risked their lives to save people trapped in the twin towers of the World Trade Center before they collapsed. Seeing the towers go down hurts. Even after eleven years, every time I see footage of the twin towers of the World Trade Center collapse, I have tears in my eyes.

9/11 changed us all that day and I believe we should never forget what happened that day.

In memory of Darwyn Cooke

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A few weeks ago, Darwyn Cooke, a very popular Eisner-winning comic book artist and cartoonist, passed away. Cooke was best known for working on DC: The New Frontier, Detective Comics #759–762Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter, and Batman Beyond. According to David Betancourt, “The beguiling simplicity of Cooke’s work was intriguing; his style was cartoon-y but complex. Female superheroes and supporting characters are so often “sexed up,” yet Cooke managed to draw Wonder Woman and Lois Lane in an alluring way without forfeiting or subverting their grace, glamour and class. I’m convinced that no one has drawn a more beautiful Wonder Woman. His heroes were vintage — always conveying hope — and they frequently flashed something you see too rarely from superheroes today: a smile. The Darwyn Cooke experience was the very best that the industry had to offer. His work made you happy, and made you remember why you fell in love with comics in the first place. To read a comic by Cooke was a cerebral experience that made it feel like reliving your first unforgettable comic-book moment.”

I think Betancourt’s assessment on Darwyn Cooke’s art was why so many people were drawn to his work. His art style had a vintage feel to it that made it seem timeless. It was beautiful. If you have a chance to read or watch some of the works that Darwyn Cooke was involved in, I highly recommend it. Also, if you have a chance, please consider donating to the Canadian Cancer Society or The Hero Initiative in Darwyn Cooke’s memory.

Rest in Peace, Darwyn Cooke you’ll be missed greatly!

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Memorial Day is not ordinary holiday, but a day to honor lost love ones and those who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend freedom and liberty. Take a moment and honor these brave men and women by sending a care package overseas or donating money to the USO. You can also help our wounded soldiers as well by volunteering or donating money to the Wounded Warrior Project. By helping our soldiers, it will brighten their day and let them know that we back home care about the work and sacrifice they do everyday to keep us safe.

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