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This is an article that has me all choked up again. The well-spoken Soldiers who are but young men, the spirit, the purpose, sureality of it all. Please read this, even though I am late posting it.

11-Sept-07
By Sgt. Jim Wilt, USA
Special to American Forces Press Service
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BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan – At 5:16 p.m., the only sounds that could be heard here were the distant drone of helicopter rotors and the flap of flags in the wind.

In the United States, it was 8:46 a.m., Sept. 11, six years to the minute after a plane hijacked by terrorists struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York.

For one minute, servicemembers attending a memorial ceremony here were silent.

For one minute, these servicemembers honored those who perished that fateful day.

For one minute, these servicemembers honored those who fought back on a plane.

For one minute, these servicemembers were reminded why they are here.

“The world that was behind me when I went into school that morning was gone forever, and the new one waiting for me that afternoon was wildly different,” said Army Sgt. Gregory J. Barbaccia during a speech at a ceremony commemorating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Barbaccia was a 17-year-old high school student in lower Manhattan when the attacks happened. Barbaccia, who is now 23 and serving here, was one of several speakers at the memorial. His speech revealed his memories of Sept. 11, 2001. “Downtown that day looked like exactly what it was, a war zone,” Barbaccia said. He painted a vivid picture of what that war zone looked like with his words.

“A layer of ash covered the streets and a cacophony of alarms refused to cease. I remember the 60-block walk home where my friends and I walked north up the middle of 6th Avenue, which was completely void of all traffic, except for sporadic rescue vehicles from neighboring counties with unfamiliar demarcations rushing downtown, their sirens piercing the eerie silence. Crowds of people gathered outside any establishment with a television, standing like statues in anesthetized silence,” he said.

“From virtually all points in Manhattan, one could look to the south and see a huge plume of smoke hovering over the rubble where two towers once stood, two majestic American symbols, symbols representing both commerce in the free world and democracy,” Barbaccia added.

For Barbaccia and his friends, the impact of what happened didn’t hit him until the evening of the 11th. “When the death toll was repeated that evening in the media, my friends began grasping the horror that their parents might not be coming home,” he said. “As for me, in that strange and surreal moment, the die was cast,” Barbaccia said. “A seed in my mind was deeply planted and roots already taking hold.”

Following the attacks, Barbaccia said, he and his friends spent their time handing out supplies to rescue workers near “Ground Zero.” “In my enthusiasm and focus to do what I could, there was no discerning morning from afternoon or day from night,” he said. “Just knowing that I was there to serve, I was there to show my gratitude, I was there to say, ‘Yes, I believe.’ “We kept handing supplies to the unending convoy heading into the abyss, and the people kept cheering,” Barbaccia said.

The terrorist attacks left their mark on Barbaccia as they left their marks on many others. “I’ll never forget the acrid smell, the fearful and numbed look on people’s faces, the sounds and the sour taste in my mouth,” he said. Those memories led him to join the Army. “I knew it was my duty to wear this uniform,” he said. “America needed help, and life in (America) has been very good to me, and I wanted to give back.”

“Due to the way my father raised me and the strong service ethic instilled in me from my high school, I always felt it was my duty to serve, only I was unsure in what capacity,” said Barbaccia, who also has had two tours in Iraq. “The violence of the Sept. 11 attacks helped me decide to join the military.”

Six years after the attacks, Barbaccia said he believes fighting terrorism in Afghanistan is the right thing to do. “The Taliban had tyrannical rule over this country and robbed its citizens of inherent rights and freedom,” he said.

During the ceremony, Army Brig. Gen. Joseph Votel, the Combined Joint Task Force 82 deputy commanding general for operations said Barbaccia “represents the highest quality” of servicemember. Votel also voiced his own feelings on the events. “I can recall how angry I was that someone could perpetrate an attack on our country,” he said.

Army Maj. Gen. Bernard S. Champoux, the International Security Assistance Force deputy director for security, said he was struck by Barbaccia’s speech. The attacks were “our generation’s Pearl Harbor,” Champoux said. “Events that day changed us as a person and as a nation,” he said.

Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Bill Hayes, the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing safety superintendent, was at Ground Zero the day of the attacks. Hayes, who is part of the New York Air National Guard, was a fire fighter aiding in the rescue efforts. “My main focus was to rescue as many people as possible,” he said. “We worked and worked until we couldn’t work anymore.” “My wife didn’t know if I was dead or alive,” he said. Today was an emotional day for many people. Hayes said he had a lump in throat all day.

In his closing remarks, Barbaccia echoed the thoughts of many servicemembers. “That morning terrorists gave their lives to cause those attacks,” he said. “So here we stand, six years later, prepared to give ours to prevent further ones.”

Photo – Army Sgt. Gregory J. Barbaccia, who was in New York during the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, gives a speech at the Combined Joint Task Force 82 Sept. 11 memorial ceremony at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, on Sept. 11, 2007. Barbaccia, 23, was in school in lower Manhattan during the attacks. Photo by Sgt. Jim Wilt.

What nation are we to be blessed with such men as this?

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Although it was told to us today that he would not be allowed to go to ground zero, he is defying all warnings and going anyway. Why shouldn’t he? WE HAVEN’T DONE ANYTHING to convince him that we are the kind of people that will stand up to him and kick his arse for coming near sacred land.

Why does he want to go there? For the photo op. You can bet al Jazeera will be, and it will be all over the news in the Middle East. What will the Middle East think? That we are COWARDS. And I can’t say as I blame them. After all, he was told no, he did it anyway, and he will have OUR SECRET SERVICE to protect HIM!

You just do not know how much I wish I were there so I could ask him about those political prisoners in Evin Prison Room 209, the murder of innocent women, the lack of payment for work performed, why they are not allowed to unionize, etc. I hate this worthless piece of skin and bones so much, you just do not know.

I’m not the whipped chic you find around here. I’m from New York. I know when there is an enemy in our midst. I just never thought our government would play the role of this cretons protector or go along with his plans. They should arrest this damn terrorist!

He will never get to see ground zero, go home and brag about how brave his 19 men were, and live to tell about it. I’m counting on the the brave Americans that I used to know to do to him what his own people are in prison for as I write. Speak their heads off! Loudly and longly. Ya know, you don’t need a permit if it is spontaneous…

I am going to use this post so that all of you who believe he is not going there will be alerted and can call your government officials toll free at 1-866-340-9281. PLEASE.

Update: Columbia University’s claim that they had cancelled Ahmadinejad’s invitation to speak is a big fat LIE. You, sir, are a LIAR! That would be President Bradley A. Blakeman of Columbia University. Yes, you are scum. You invite our enemies into clutches, but you deny our ROTC to step foot on OUR property? You really should reconsider the roll in this world, seeing as if Iran takes over (which is their plan), you will be one of the first to be hanged. HANGED. Ask the teachers in Tehran. Oh, wait a minute. You cannot. THEY’RE DEAD. So much for free speech…

Anyone who gives money to Columbia University is supporting terrorists, and they are also using our tax dollars to do it. His convey, which is almost as large as President Bush’, comes out of yours and my pockets. Nice, eh? NO TO TERRISTS! NO TO THEIR LEADER, Ahmadinejad! Thank you for your time.

Hat/tip: A commenter over at Causes of Interest (the first one), Iraq’s Inconvenient Truth, Freedom’s Watch. Please read and watch what they have available.

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I’ve been through many things in my life, and I’ve come out of each of them scathed but alive. This thing? I still do not have the words. Nothing compares. My apologies.

I have found some people who have written beautifully about people they did not even know. Maybe they speak for me?

First we have one from 123beta called, “Never Forget.” It is beautifully written and well researched. Very great job. Then there is an article from Blue Star Chronicles called “More Thoughts on 9/11. This is a well thought and researched article. I can only imagine the difficulty as they went deeper into this person’s life.

The one that touched me the most, however, was written by DeMediacratic Nation. It is called, “2996 Jill Marie Maurer Campbell: A 9/11 Tribute. Maybe it’s because of Jill, or maybe it’s because of the research. Somehow, I was very touched.

Last year (or was it the year before?) there was an opportunity for bloggers to receive a name and to do a story about that person’s life. I was misled into believe it was spam. I regret that now, but I don’t know if I could have handled it, to be honest. Thank you to everyone who stepped-up to the plate and did your (and my) part in remembering these beautiful people.

Lest we forget…

On this day, let us remember also all of those who are in harms way to protect us here at home. Whether they are first responders or Rangers in the Marines, I want to send a great big THANK YOU to you. You are not forgotten, no matter what you may read or hear. For every piece of trash that is out there, you can be sure that there is at least 100-1,000 times more support for you that will never hear about because it does not fit the agenda. But don’t you ever think that this support doesn’t exist. Just ask Morgan, my Hero. 🙂

No day of remembrance would be complete without the inclusion of Blackfive’s site. One of the authors, Mr. Wolf, has written a very good article about another site, Home Of Heroes. This man, Mr. Doug Sterner, is collecting all of the information about the medals EARNED, no matter their rank or service, or even when they served. This is an awesome site that I highly recommend. Even when you are not losing heart!

This is a heartfelt post about a Polish woman who wanted us to know that we are not alone. God bless this woman’s heart! (Written by Blackfive.)

Blackfive has posted an article about a man who KNEW he was going to die, but he went back into the inferno to save those who were still inside. This is the kind of man he has always been. Now we are trying to get President Bush to honor him with the Medal of Honor. Please sign this petition for Rick Rescorla. You may read Blackfive’s ‘Someone You Should Know’ here.

There is so much more at Blackfive’s site. Please visit his site today and often.

There is also a site I would like to include. This would be Mudville Gazette. This is a fine site that is run sometimes by Greyhawk’s wife when he is called to serve. He is a true man. He answers the call. He also has a fine post about Rick. He has some more and different information that may interest you. Please check it out.

I’d like to write more, but I can no longer see the screen…have a nice day.

On this day, 9/11/2007, I choose this post for my open trackback. What better post than one which is devoted to both on that horrific day and for our Troops who are yet in harms way?

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These are the posts I’ve trackbacked to: Diary of the Mad Pigeon, Perri Nelson’s Website, DeMediacratic Nation, Right Truth, Big Dog’s Weblog, Inside the Northwest Territory, The Populist, The World According to Carl, Nuke’s News & Views, Planck’s Constant, Conservative Cat, Pursuing Holiness, Outside the Beltway, Pirate’s Cove, Webloggin, DeMediacratic Nation, Adam’s Blog, and Conservative Thoughts, thanks to Linkfest Haven Deluxe.

These are the people that were kind enough to trackback to this post:

  • 123beta: Never Forget.
  • Stop the ACLU: 9/11 Remembered…Open Post.
  • The New Afghanistan After Years of War: Unforgettable Day.
  • DeMediacratic Nation: The Fruits of Four Years of Investigation and Negotiation: Iran and the IAEA.
  • The Florida Masochist: From the Silly News Desk.
  • Gulf Coast Hurricane Tracker: TD # 9 forms RIGHT ON TOP OF US.
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    Gary Sinise, of CSI-NY, is going to perform a live concert on August 11, 2007, to raise money for the completion of the Brooklyn Wall. What is the history of the Brooklyn Wall?

    This is a wall that has been in the process of being built in honor of our fallen first responders whose lives were lost on that horrendous day, September 11, 2001. It has been in the process of being built, but like everything else, it takes money. When Gary found out about this project, he felt compelled to answer the call. That is when he thought of putting on this concert.

    Gary has been a true blue patriot all the way. He has been to see troops several times overseas, and he is from Hollywood. I wish this were not the exception. I wish we could see each other as Americans instead of Republicans or Democrats, Conservatives or Liberals. Hopefully with concerts like this one we will reach that goal again. It is always good to hope.

    Gary’s band, Lt. Dan Band (of which he is co-founder), has played in several places and will be playing at this concert. You may buy your tickets here. I am going to just donate some money directly to the Brooklyn Wall. (Here is little more about the Brooklyn Wall and the reasons why they need our help.)

    Hat tip: Lynn of the Gary Sinise Fan Club and Biography.
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    Trackposted to Perri Nelson’s Website, DeMediacratic Nation, Right Truth, Adam’s Blog, Blue Star Chronicles, Pirate’s Cove, The Pink Flamingo, Webloggin, The Amboy Times, Leaning Straight Up, Republican National Convention Blog, Conservative Cat, Conservative Thoughts, and Pursuing Holiness, thanks to Linkfest Haven Deluxe.

    Open trackback links:
    Planck’s Constant: Advice to Stanislav Shmulevich on proper way to fl So here is my advice to Stanislav: “Go back and take a photo of the Koran swimming in the toilet and call it “Holy Sh*t Mohammed” and frame it.
    Nanotechnology Today: WFU launches two nanotechnology startup companies FiberCell plans to develop the next generation of solar cells based on a novel architecture that utilizes nanotechnology and optical fibers to dramatically boost efficiency.

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