The goal of this weekend’s Anne Plummer & Associates weekly Maine Lakes Region blog, is to reflect and bring attention to the importance of giving thanks for the many blessings we have, here in the region and beyond.. And hoping these words can be a reminder of the value each day, of leading a thankful life.
This week’s focus on the value of being reflective and thankful centers around this weekend’s 15 year anniversary of the 9/11 Terrorist attacks on targets in New York City and Washington, DC.. resulting in the destruction of both World Trade Center Towers and massive destruction also at the Pentagon. Our hearts and condolences go out to the countless thousands of individuals in pain, on this date each year.
My memories of standing on the rooftop observation deck on the top of the twin towers of the World Trade Center, and on several occasions standing between those two massive towers looking upward (memories now vividly running through my brain as I write this..) and outside of New York City the many additional deaths that day with other suicide hijackers crashing a plane into the Pentagon in DC, and into a field in Pennsylvania.. These are moments worth reflection upon.  Those passengers and crew on flight 93  were blessed with more-instant communications and brave passengers with the foresight to believe and understand that they, too, were on a hijacked flight doomed towards an unknown target in the Washington DC area. Those passengers on Flight 93 only had that opportunity because their flight was delayed almost a half hour prior to take-off and the more-instant news and more-instant communications capabilities, giving those brave passenger and crew the opportunity to put two-and-two together, and to do their best to not allow their hijacked plane to reach whatever was its intended target.

You can Google “9/11” and what you will find is an amazing amount of research and information now available, as to events of – and leading up to – that tragic day.
This easy-read link just below – and the short four minute video – is a concise, clear place to start reflecting on our many blessings, and also on the value on being aware and diligent in our day-to-day lives. The mastermind of the entire operation funded by Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden – Mohammed Atta – and one other terrorist accomplice “at the last minute” decided to drive from Boston to Portland and walked amongst us here, on September 10th, 2001, then boarding a 6 AM flight from the Portland International Jetport back to Logan in Boston, to stagger and differentiate the arrival of the many terrorists boarding flights leaving Boston that morning, all originally bound for California. They had purchased tickets on those specific flights, knowing the planes needed full-capacity jet fuel onboard, turning those planes (from their murderous cockpit takeovers) into maximum destructive-powered, kamikaze, fuel-filled missiles under their control.

Be thankful. Every day.

Our very best to those of you reading this who have family and friends directly affected, by the events of September 11, 2001.. 15 years ago this weekend.