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Mr. Stewart Went to Washington for a 9/11 Call to Action

Comedian and 9/11 first responders activist Jon Stewart spoke on Capitol Hill yesterday.

Sometimes a video says everything.

As reported by Rebecca Morin of USA TODAY earlier this afternoon.

One day after former “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart gave¬†tearful and impassioned testimony before the House Judiciary Committee¬†on the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, the panel unanimously passed the bill.

Thank you to all of the heroic 9/11 first responders who were in Congress yesterday, who have been struggling with health issues directly related to 9/11 and to all those who risked their lives to save their fellow American on that tragic September morning 18 years ago. We will never forget your bravery and sacrifice.

On the one hand, we’re all glad that Jon Stewart said what he did. But on the other hand, Jon Stewart never should have had to say what he did yesterday with 9/11 first responders quietly sitting behind him, waiting for Congress to fulfill their pledge to never forget.

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Never Forget

It happened 17 years ago today…

We can never say thank you enough to the first responders–police officers, firefighters, doctors, nurses, perfect strangers–who acted selflessly to help those in need during and after the 9/11 attacks in New York City, Washington D.C. and on Flight 93.

We will never forget those innocent lives we lost on September 11, 2001.

Never Forget

Sixteen years have passed and yet that day will never fade from memory. And that goes for everyone who lived through the day that felt like the end of the world. While part of me wants to write endlessly about 9/11 recalling every detail and memory, the greater urge today has been to look back into the sky.

On September 11, 2001, I looked up into the clear blue September sky thinking how everything I knew had changed. A paralyzingly eerie feeling overwhelmed my entire body in this surreal gaze. And as a sophomore in high school, I was old enough to process what had happened. The tragedy of the day, with its heart-wrenching imagery, the heroism of the first responders and passengers on United 93 and the ever-lasting, sinking feeling that the world would never be the same will last forever.

The fact that my dad was almost in New York City, specifically the World Trade Center, on the morning of 9/11…Luckily, he got the last flight out of New York City back to Columbus on September 10th, completely unaware of what would happen just hours later.

RIP to all the victims and their families from the plane crashes in New York City, Washington, D.C. and the United 93 flight that heroically crashed in Pennsylvania.

Never forget and “let’s roll.”

New York’s Twin Arches

Sometimes, a picture is worth more than words can describe.

(Instagram/flowkradd)

(Instagram/flowkradd)

“A rainbow appeared over New York City the day before 9/11, and many noted that it appeared to emerge from the World Trade Center site, where the Twin Towers were felled by terrorists in 2001.”
—Nick Sanchez, Newsmax

September 11, 2001 began as a serene Tuesday morning that quickly turned into one of the darkest days in American history.

The world changed forever.

Fourteen years later, the New York skyline and the Pentagon still reveal unthinkable images of gigantic planes crashing into buildings, causing destruction and fire with billowing clouds of smoke, brave people running for cover and heroes running into danger. It’s difficult to put into words what we all felt that day, including the personal connections to people in those cities and on those flights that day.

And those who were almost there.

The awe-inspiring picture above (showcasing one of nature’s best tricks) doesn’t heal the pain from September 11, 2001. However, after so many years, still with a feeling that it just happened, it does offer a small glimmer (and sign) of hope for the future as a rare double-rainbow shines over New York City with the One World Trade Center and an American flag perfectly in frame.

Never Forget.