Americans are commemorating 9/11 with mournful ceremonies, volunteering, appeals to “never forget” and rising attention to the terror attacks’ extended toll on responders.Memorial ~

Americans are commemorating 9/11 with mournful ceremonies, volunteering, appeals to “never forget” and rising attention to the terror attacks’ extended toll on responders.

A crowd of victims’ relatives is expected at ground zero Wednesday, while President Donald Trump is scheduled to join an observance at the Pentagon. Vice President Mike Pence is to speak at the third attack site, near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Former President George W. Bush, the commander-in-chief at the time of the 2001 attacks, is due at an afternoon wreath-laying at the Pentagon.

Eighteen years after the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil, the nation is still grappling with the aftermath at ground zero, in Congress and beyond. The attacks’ aftermath is visible from airport security checkpoints to Afghanistan. A rocket exploded at the U.S. embassy as the anniversary began in Afghanistan, where a post-9/11 invasion has become America’s longest war.

“People say, ‘Why do you stand here, year after year?'” Chundera Epps, a sister of Sept. 11 victim Christopher Epps, said at last year’s ceremony at the World Trade Center. “Because soldiers are still dying for our freedom. First responders are still dying and being ill.”

“We can’t forget. Life won’t let us forget,” she added.

The anniversary ceremonies center on remembering the nearly 3,000 people killed when hijacked planes rammed into the trade center, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville on Sept. 11, 2001. All those victims’ names are read aloud at the ground zero ceremony, where moments of silence and tolling bells mark the moments when the aircraft crashed and the trade center’s twin towers fell.

But there has been growing awareness in recent years of the suffering of another group of people tied to the tragedy: firefighters, police and others who died or fell ill after exposure to the wreckage and the toxins unleashed in it.

While research continues into whether those illnesses are tied to 9/11 toxins, a victims compensation fund for people with potentially Sept. 11-related health problems has awarded more than $5.5 billion so far. Over 51,000 people have applied.

After years of legislative gridlock, dwindling money in the fund and fervent activism by ailing first responders and their advocates, Congress this summer made sure the fund won’t run dry . Trump, a Republican and a New Yorker who was in the city on 9/11, signed the measure in July.

The sick gained new recognition this year at the memorial plaza at ground zero, where the new 9/11 Memorial Glade was dedicated this spring.

The tribute features six large stacks of granite inlaid with salvaged trade center steel, with a dedication “to those whose actions in our time of need led to their injury, sickness, and death.” No one is named specifically.

Some 9/11 memorials elsewhere already included sickened rescue, recovery and cleanup workers, and there is a remembrance wall entirely focused on them in Nesconset, on Long Island. But those who fell ill or were injured, and their families, say having a tribute at ground zero carries special significance.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon announced Monday that its 9/11 memorial will close next week for electrical and lighting work. The project, expected to take until late May, includes repairs to lighting glitches in the shallow reflecting pools under the memorial benches.

Sept. 11 is known not only as a day for remembrance and patriotism, but also as a day of service. People around the country continue to volunteer at food banks, schools, home-building projects, park cleanups and other charitable endeavors on and near the anniversary. 

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Women in Boots Born Wild ~

“S – x – y BOOTS!” a poem , a.k.a.: “An Undercover Pair!” September 10, 2019 [Two Boots for Two – xxx – Day]

Monica! She got-a-NICE BOOT; I-gave-it-to-her Yes! tor DAY!

BOOTS! are made for walking! and (maybe) STOMPING!!

Well, not too much, I pray,

For Moan-i-ka – and DAN-NY, they-are our favorite couple;

Both of-them have-a-“Business-Heart,”

But both are very “SUPPLE!”

A NICE AND HAPPY “PAIR” CAN DO-A LOT-A THINGS,

Like – startin’-up a business, where people comes and sings,

And drinks and winks and have a ball!

Monica’s-got-a-boot,

BUT – just-so-she-don’t-“FALL,”

I made a boot for Danny; now-there’re 2-boots-in-The-House:

TWO BOOTS! to-kick-and-stomp? OR – a nice pair-for -each-spouse,

To look at and admire – LATE-AT-NIGHT some time,

WHEN-THEY’RE COUNTING-ALL-THEIR-BLESSINGS –

And/or reading this-here rhyme,

Remembering-all-their-mem-or-ies –

And-THEIR-LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER!

Mon-i-ca-and-Dan-ny

They-like-to-be- “UNDER COVER!”

fin ♥

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I Wish upon a Star ~

“I WISH I KNEW WHAT WAS ‘RIGHT’ TO DO, LIKE YOU!” a poem Sept. 10, 2019 (Tuesday)

TIME IS “SACRED!” So is money!] IF-YOU choose-ta burn-’em, it AIN’T-FUNNY!]

It’s REALLY WRONG!! to-waste either one?

God-or-Life-will-GET-YOU! and-also A GUN,

IS VERY SACRED! [given: The COLD, HARD steel!]

I LOVE TO TOUCH-IT! I AM: “N. R. A. Neal!”

KNEEL BEFORE – THE SACRED ALTARS!

I’ve been taught, (I-think-it’s-in-one-of-The-Psalters),

That The-Lord-God said: “DON’T WASTE MONEY,

OR – MY TIME!”) Come on NOW, Honey,

Be ON TIME, if-ya-wanna-get-to-Heaven,

And BREAD’S SO SACRED (too); so, use better-leaven!

And let THESE CONCEPTS (self) RISE ABOVE,] God, Compassion, &-even Love!]

IF YOU’RE NOT ON TIME, SOMETHING’S WRONG WITH YOU;

If you don’t use money carefully! Well! That’s REALLY-WRONG too!

and, if you don’t agree with me & stroke my opinion(S) sweetly,

you’re not my friend! i am K(NEA)NEEL(L) COMPLETELY!

I’M OF THE N. R. A. WHICH MEANS: “N ATURALLY R ESPECTING A RRIVALS;

IF YOU CAN’T BE “ON TIME!” WELL, WE’RE JUST RIVALS!

IF YOU CAN’T FULFILL M Y EXPECTATION(S), YOU’RE DEAD TO ME,

aND YOUR LIBATION WILL-GO FROM HONEY-SWEETENED TEA,

TO WATER! JUST WATER , (with maybe a little ice) FRIEND!

FULFILL MY WISHES, AND I WILL SEND,

A CARD AND CONGRATULATIONS, TELLING YOU: “YOU’RE GETTING BETTER!” ] TOGETHER WE’LL REFINE YOU! OTHERWISE, YOU’RE MY DEBTOR,] FOR YOU OWE ME – THE COURTESY TO RESPECT EACH STANDARD I POSSESS!] I KNOW WHAT’S SACRED AND DIVINE! THAT’S WHY (UNLIKE YOU) MY LIFE – IS N O T A-MESS!] IT’S ORDERED! AND I SURVIVE – BECAUSE OF MY SUPERIOR POINT OF VIEW!] MAYBE SOME DAY YOU’LL BE AS GOOD AS ME, AND YOU’LL KNOW – WHAT’S “RIGHT” TO DO!

fin ♥ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esynsha53a8

Moral: A monkey MUST BE TRAINED – and – respect its training!

ONLY THEN – IS THE MONKEY “TRULY” GAINING,

And evolving – and prospering – in this life of OURS!

Otherwise, THE MONKEY MUST BE KEPT BEHIND BARS!

  • The Egos Con ~
    "PREPARATION" a poem September 13 2019 (Friday) IT'S ALMOST TIME TO W(H)INE AND DINE, ] Lots of PREP TIME shall be mine.] PutOnMyBestFace for THIS TIME, ] For I WANT it toBE sublime, APPROPRIATE and PROPER, see, ] WHEN FINISHED, feeling GOOD for ME, Is CRITICAL and very needed; I donotwannabe UPSET or out seeded. … Read more
  • “O. J. MAN.” a poem on: Friday The 13th September 2019
    "O. J. MAN." a poem on: Friday The 13th September 2019 (I'm telling you) IF you can find a man to squeeze you orange juice in the morning, you got it made, 'Cause an orange juice squeezer that kind of guy is (for lack of a better term:) A HIGHER GRADE, Because he USES HIS … Read more
  • Big fake ~
    "BIG FAKE" a poem for FRIDAY, September 13, 2019 A smile, A hug, An insincere I LOVE YOU; You're a fake, FOR GOODNESS' SAKE; You're NEVER authentic or true. "Well, OK, then What's Next? if you can't trust anything anyone does as really real?" A BUNCH OF FAKE PEOPLE. "You're FAKES that's just what I … Read more
  • Comfy ~ in my opinion ~
    "COMFY!" a poem September 12, 2019 (Thursday) "Don't go there." and "Stay away from him." "I'm NOT comfortable (and you shouldn't be either) with Brian or Jim, Or Robin or any unstable girl or, even, Gladys, Who hangs out at The Local Bar, [who is] simply a BAD A ( ) S." Thank GOODNESS, we … Read more
  • Luke Le Bree ~
    With your love dear Jesus thank and bless you for the many times you have looked upon myself and healed me for my separation from you, Now you give me your heart to speak with your beloved people. With your love dear Jesus thank and bless you for the many times you have looked upon … Read more

“WHY THE NEW PARADIGM MIGHT ‘FEEL’ BETTER THAN THE OLD!” a poem a.k.a.: “Our Starlight Place Is In Your Face!” September 10, 2019 (Tuesday)

“WHY THE NEW PARADIGM MIGHT ‘FEEL’ BETTER THAN THE OLD!” a poem a.k.a.: “Our Starlight Place Is In Your Face!” September 10, 2019 (Tuesday)

No-no-no! No-no! NO!!! IT’S N O T BETTER,

The New Paradigm, but, ever since I met-“her,”

I just KNEW, I-knew: (S)he’s a good fit and The-Right-One-For-ME!

(S)he fills – MY ACHY BREAKY HEART with glee!

SO, WHY? DOES THE NEW GIRL (or “paradigm”) FEEL WONDERFUL & NEW?

Why AM I so IN LOVE with IT? [which-is with YOU?]

Because MAYBE “Variety IS THE SPICE OF LIFE!”

And LIFE IS S O DIFFICULT, anyway – WHY NOT? get-a-NEW-wife?

She WON’T BE BETTER, still having some of the SAME WONDERFUL TRAITS,

BUT! She’s “new-and-improved” (Yeah!) and I JUST LOVE – the variety I find in our dates!

I LOVE: That SHE’S wild – and wants to go “Where No [wo]Man Has Gone Before!”

And SHE JUST KEEPS SAYING: “Give me MORE, Love; gimme MORE!”

And SHE’S GOT A MISCHIEVOUS LOOK – in her “blue-golden eyes,”

And her sweat FEELS so much different! as it dribbles-down-her-thighs!

Plus, SHE’S GOT S O M E “interesting ideas” about-Life, s-x – & marriage,

And, I think, I’d JUST LOVE – to get her in a carriage,

And say: “Hell, Yeah! I DO! I DO! I (definitely) DO,

Wanna spend FOREVER – with “the likes of YOU,”

And she says: “DITTO!” There’s-something-I-see-in-HER-face:

I THINK WE’RE FROM THE SAME STAR CLUSTER,

The same “starlight place!”

fin ♥

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