— Joe Boesch
“Pain is only bearable if we know it will end, not if we deny it exists.” — Viktor Frankl
As usual, America was going about its business on this Tuesday morning. The sun was shining, the economy thriving and this greatest nation was going to be dealt a serious blow never seen, since the invasion of Pearl Harbor, on American soil. America, and what it stands for, will be broken for one day.
That day is September 11, 2001.
On this day, we saw 3500 people sacrifice their lives, including 343 FDNY personnel, 23 NYPD and 37 PAPD. On this day we shall “Never Forget.”
Even though this is a baseball publication, the game itself must just be a game. The game did revive a stressed-out nation on 9/11, and baseball symbolizes what America stands for, but on this day we shall “Never Forget.”
This is how I remembered 9/11, with a poem I wrote.
Awaken with a boom!
A day of darkness and doom.
September 11th etched in our minds.
Engine “24” sirens wailing at half-past-nine.
Our beautiful towers stricken with a hole.
In a short time dust and dirt looms.
The loss of life, a city going to hell.
Damn the people responsible, because we shall prevail.
We mourn for our heroes…
We will never forget.
We are America rebuilding step-by-step.
Since 9/11, America has gone through changes never seen before because war and terrorism changed the way we live and think. We live in a different world, in a different time. Ever since the attacks of 9/11, people changed for the better. What was it that changed everyone’s attitude? Life, it is meaningful and has purpose. People became nicer, friendlier and more cordial towards each other. Normal citizens joined in at every chance offered. If it just meant handing out water to rescue workers, they did it. If it meant volunteering at different shelters set up, they did it. If it meant shaking a hand, they did it. Strangers worked as a team, worked as a great nation. This is life’s purpose and what it is meant to do, help, react and take action.
The actions of 9/11 certainly made the nation stronger and more confident. No one outside of America can define or change us as a nation. Life is filled with obstacles and it is up to everyone to deal with them positively. The events encountered in life can be stressful and unbearable at times, but we must not give up. If America gets pushed back, we must rebound on our feet, pick up our minds and go on living in a crisis.
We need to take risks and get involved in worthy causes.
We don’t follow, but lead.
America must keep to its ideas and commitment to people – our own people. We are one nation under God. This is life’s purpose and should be the purpose of every nation in the world.
On 9/11, “We Shall Never Forget!”
Times to “Never Forget”:
8:46 a.m.: The North Tower is hit.
9:03 a.m.: The South Tower is hit.
9:37 a.m.: The Pentagon is hit.
9:59 a.m.: The South Tower collapses.
10:03 a.m.: Flight 93 crashes in Pennsylvania.
10:28 a.m.: The North Tower collapses.
“When pain is to borne, a little courage helps more than much knowledge, a little human sympathy more than much courage, and the least tincture of the love of God more than all.” — C. S. Lewis
— Joe Boesch
You spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time. — Jim Bouton
— Joe Boesch