9/11: a day never to forget

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It’s hard to believe that nineteen 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.

Honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice

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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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Fan Art Friday Tribute to QinniArt

Here’s this week’s Fan Art Friday post which will be dedicated to showcasing Qing Han’s (@QinniArt) beautiful art work in her memory. Please, check out her Deviant Art page: https://www.deviantart.com/qinni.

Bird Cage by Qinni! https://www.deviantart.com/qinni/art/Bird-Cage-825652661

Threading by Qinni! https://www.deviantart.com/qinni/art/Threading-804938261

Moon Waning by Qinni! https://www.deviantart.com/qinni/art/Moon-Waning-674691809

Starred Coffee~ by Qinni! https://www.deviantart.com/qinni/art/Starred-Coffee-670181531

Flower Wounds by Qinni! https://www.deviantart.com/qinni/art/Flower-Wounds-666136385

Classy Tattoo lady by Qinni! https://www.deviantart.com/qinni/art/Classy-Tattoo-lady-660956342

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In memory of Qinni

Today was a sad day in the art community world as Qinni (Qing Han- @QinniArt), a “4 time heart surgery survivor and an animation bg painter, who loved to draw”, passed away. I didn’t know her personally but I came across her Twitter last year and saw all her wonderful works of art. I was saddened to learn that she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Fibrosis Sarcoma cancer and had been suffering from heart issues as well. In the face of such sad news, she lived life gracefully and with humor. I can’t imagine how her family and friends feel, but my thoughts and prayers are with them as well as to the entire art community.

Not an artist by any means but I made this to honor Qinni. #RIPQinni, your art and legacy will live on forever.

Qinni’s art can be found on her Deviant Art Page: https://www.deviantart.com/qinni

Here’s a beautiful video from her Youtube Channel where she’s drawing “Moonlight in Her Eyes.”

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.