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A Decade Later – the World Still Reflects the Tragic Event of 9/11

It’s been 10 years since the Twin Towers were first struck at 8:45 a.m., and thousands lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

From CNN news timeline on 9/11/2001:

8:45 a.m. (EDT) A hijacked passenger jet, American Airlines Flight 11 out of Boston, Massachusetts, crashes into the north tower of the World Trade Center, tearing a gaping hole in the building and setting it afire. 9:03 a.m.: A second hijacked airliner, United Airlines Flight 175 from Boston, crashes into the south tower of the World Trade Center and explodes. Both buildings are burning.

Many of our Project Inspired readers may be too young to personally recall this tragic day, but they will always be affected by the horrific actions of those 19 terrorists from Al-Qaeda. We lost thousands of Americans as a result of the deadliest terrorist attack in history, we went to war, and our lives were changed forever. What is most shocking regarding the 10-year anniversary is that no official clergy have been invited to the Ground Zero Memorial held on September 11, 2011.

Where there is no clergy, is there no prayer? That appears to be the case, and this decision to exclude clergy (as well as first responders!!!) in order to “focus solely on the victims and their families” has created division in our nation today…a day when we should have unity.

Besides, how can we comfort victims of a tragedy like this without prayer? And for what possible reason would we exclude clergy to offer it? There’s no legal reason. Jay Sekulow from ACLJ.org, who appeared on Sean Hannity’s conservative radio show said, “There is no constitutional impediment to including prayer and clergy at this event.” Sekulow also added that by not allowing it, it could be changing the meaning of what they are commemorating. Our country is founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs. To ban prayer completely seems troubling, he said.

Abraham Lincoln also reminds us to not forget God, and his famous quote from March 30, 1863 is profoundly described during his “Proclamation 97 – Appointing a Day of National Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer.”

…But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand, which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.”

Just as it says in God’s word, we will become more and more of a godless society. This is an example that we as a country, are not allowing prayer. We are taking God out of society.

From the Holy Bible:

“You should know this …that in the last days there will be very difficult times. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly.” -2 Timothy 3:1-5

What are your thoughts on this? Do you find that it is appropriate or inappropriate that they are not permitting prayer?

We honor and respect those in service who helped with Ground Zero, those who rescued victims, and of course the firefighters, police officers and others who ran into the buildings to save as many lives as possible.

Leave a comment of remembrance to the fallen heroes, families affected, or say a prayer in honor of the memory of 9/11. May God bless you.

The below picture was taken after the collapse of the world Trade Center. As you can see, two pillars perfectly fell into the shape of a cross found in the rubble. A remarkable photo displaying God’s presence was captured here.

Image: Time Magazine 9/11/2001 | CNN.com | presidency.ucsb.edu

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  1. Posted by on October 1, 2011 at 20:58

    I just love how God showed his prescense by putting the pillars in the shape of the cross! When we think God is not there,he shows up and shows out to let us know that he’ll NEVER leave us or forsake us.

  2. Posted by on September 28, 2011 at 14:50

    i have nothing against everyone praying for those who lost people on that day but what everyone seems to forget is all the soldiers that have lost their lives fighting in the war 9/11 started and people tend to forget to pray for the safety of those still fighting. My boyfriend is fighting over in Afghanistan right now and i pray for him and everyone else over there everyday. We shouldnt forget those who lost their lives in 2001 but we shouldnt forget everyone else who has been impacted the last 10 years, be it the families of those in NY or the families and loved ones of those who have died or are presently fighting in the middle east.

  3. Posted by on September 27, 2011 at 19:13

    It broke and still breaks my heart when I hear 9/11. I wish the ones who crashed the planes knew who Christ was! I think about it so often. I’m not saying what they did was right, but I realize God loved them too. He loved them and all the people who died in those buildings.I mean, I understand it is a huge deal and what it did to America. I have a hard time going to airports. Last time I was there I got held back by security because of my insulin pump (I’m a type one diabetic). I just can’t help imagining what it could have been like if they knew Jesus. RIP victims of 9/11

  4. Posted by on September 24, 2011 at 00:05

    I watched the original Godspell with my little sister today, and a lot of the shots show the Twin Towers. I started crying, and she had no idea what I was crying about.

  5. Posted by on September 17, 2011 at 12:19

    I think that because people of all different faiths died on that day, there shouldn’t be any specific religion’s prayer. The thing I find is terrible about the memorial is that the first responders weren’t invited. I understand that you think that the clergy should be there, but I feel that it’s more important that the men and women who risked their lives to help others deserve to go there more than anyone else. You don’t have to agree, that’s just my veiw on the whole thing.

  6. Posted by on September 15, 2011 at 18:53

    Granted given my saying that, we were not expecting it. I prayed for all that had been affected in this devastation. I truly am grateful that people like the men and women of law enforcement were willing to risk their lives to save so many more.

  7. Posted by on September 15, 2011 at 18:47

    I cant believe this even occurred. How anyone could take a plane, and say they are killing in the name of God is beyond me. They try to justify and right this wrong by dragging their “god” into it. I cant believe that humans are capable of such devastation and destruction. What were we thinking letting those men through the gates of the airport? Did it really cost 3000 lives to wake us up and upgrade security? It makes me question the real level of protection our country is displaying.

    • Posted by on September 17, 2011 at 12:48

      One thing I want to say is, think of all the “holy wars” that have been fought throughout history…Christians have been known to kill in the name of God. Also, if you look at Islam, it is very much like Christianity. Islam was based off Christianity, and I veiw The Five Pilars of Islam to be beautiful.
      I feel bad for the victims of the 9-11 attack, I feel bad for those of us who were young children at the time, I feel bad for the loved ones of those killed on that day…but most of all, I feel absolutely awful for the men, women, and children who have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan for no other reason than that they’re Muslims.
      SO, it’s not only Muslims who kill in the name of God and the United States has unjustly persecuted these people for their religion for over ten years now because of some extremeists. I don’t believe that the extremists were right in what they did, but I also believe that it’s terible for people to be killed just because they have the same religion as those extremists.

  8. Posted by on September 14, 2011 at 13:00

    In the name of Jesus Christ I pray that a peace beyond all understanding would love cover all survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attack. Father, let the healing blood of Jesus Christ heal the hearts, wounds and sickness that has been caused by the terrorist attack. Hallelujiah and praise God that a new sound, a new vision and a mighty remnant is coming forward now to steward the Kingdom of God in the United States of America. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

  9. Posted by on September 13, 2011 at 21:25

    I was in 2nd grade and watched as a tower fell. I can’t even think of the day without wanting to cry.

  10. Posted by on September 12, 2011 at 20:26

    As you know,it is the 10th anniversary of the 9/11/2001 attacks. That is when those three planes crashed into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon,located in New York City. Let us pray for those who lost their family members on this date,because I know this is hard for them to handle every year. Let us honor all those who lost their lives. Also,we are doing things at school to honor them. Is anyone else doing the same?

  11. Posted by on September 12, 2011 at 09:50

    A little tidbit of news here, Obama won’t let the Greek Orthodox church there rebuild.

    • Posted by on September 13, 2011 at 21:26

      He also got rid of the National Day of Prayer.

    • Posted by on September 13, 2011 at 18:32

      im greek, but not greek orthodox, but greek orthodox religion is christian

    • Posted by on September 12, 2011 at 09:51

      The thing I said when Dad told me about 9/11 was “They should tell God they’re sorry.” (I was a toddler.)

  12. Posted by on September 11, 2011 at 22:03

    I live in California. 9/11 was a very PERSONAL attack on my family. (I was only 3 when it happened) My Dad was in the military for 26 years. (Air Force) he also worked for American Airlines. The EXACT American Airlines plane that crashed into the tower, he changed a light bulb in it a few days before it happened. Him being in the Air Force afterwards he told his boss that he was ready to go fight. So, he left for a little while at a time, dropping/delivering bombs overseas. (he even put American Airlines stickers on the bombs) We will never forget 9/11 <3

    • Posted by Nicole on September 11, 2011 at 22:07

      wow. what a story- thanks for sharing that Anastasia 😉

  13. Posted by on September 11, 2011 at 20:04

    Yea that is surprising. Especially because a priest who was a firefighter was the first one they recorded who died. Since they couldn’t identify some people they gave him the number one. I think God made him die first so he could greet all the innocent people when they made it to heaven. He was a very good man. His last name was Judge. I don’t remember his first name, unfortunalty. RIP victims of 9/11!

  14. Posted by on September 11, 2011 at 18:00

    Today, we honor those who risked their lives and lost their lives on 9-11-01. From the firefighters who went in the buildings to the brave citizens who fought back on the planes, may they all rest in peace. God bless all who were affected.

  15. Posted by on September 11, 2011 at 17:55

    Wow, that cross picture is powerful! I was young-ish, but I remember. I can remember my parents explaining to me what happened and watching the news as they read names. I think there should have been a pastor there.

  16. Posted by on September 11, 2011 at 17:54

    May god Bless America
    I was there when this happened me and my dad were in McDoneld. we were supposed to go to the twin tower for a meeting but on our way i started to cry for food but i wasn’t hungry. My dad told my uncle and cousin to go on ahead and when we were eating we heard a big boom and it hit just were my cousin and my uncle were. They died a tragic death. I dont like to share this but i think it time for me to let go of the past.:(…. I miss my cousin she was 6 when she died and my uncle was 30. this was his first child. RIP. When i saw what had happened i blamed myself but i know it wasn’t my fault. God saved me and my dad from this, but he took my uncle and cuz home. Cant wait to see them soon.

    • Posted by Nicole on September 11, 2011 at 22:10

      wow– yes God did. That’s a powerful story Priscilla!

  17. Posted by on September 11, 2011 at 15:48

    By the way: There were several Bible passages read at the ceremony, they played Amazing Grace, and I’m sure there were people praying during the moments of silence.

  18. Posted by on September 11, 2011 at 15:21

    Today in my town in a park, there is one flag for everyone who was killed in the 9-11 tragedies. Which means that there will be 2,996 flags in that park. It is sad that they had to die. They didn’t deserve the death that the terrorists gave them.

    And while there is big controversy over Osama Bin Laden’s death–whether he deserved to die or not–I think that it gave a lot of people relief who had someone killed by him. If you had a member of family, or a friend, who was killed by him, a sigh of relief knowing that he was dead?

    I am proud to be an American because of my rights and freedoms. And I am blessed that so many people fight for these rights. So many heroes have been created and killed all for people to live with the rights that they have today. 😀

  19. Posted by on September 11, 2011 at 14:51

    This is too sad, I was only 5 when it happened nd I don’t remeber any of it, but the picture of the cross is beyond beautiful<3 nd I just pray that no more attacks are made on this country or any other

  20. Posted by on September 11, 2011 at 12:43

    I was there with my dad when this happened. My cousin and her dad died they were on the top floor. I thank god for saving me it was scary. I was 5 when this happened. At the end I had glass in my thigh from the pressure.

    • Posted by on September 16, 2011 at 01:41

      Wow Priscilla, I’m so sorry for your loss. Yes, thank the Lord you are okay.

    • Posted by on September 13, 2011 at 18:29

      oh my gosh!!! how did u survive?? if it’s too sad don’t have to answer!!

    • Posted by on September 12, 2011 at 19:27

      Oh my goodness! What a traumatic experience! 🙁 Im so sorry..

  21. Posted by on September 11, 2011 at 12:43

    Maybe we wouldn’t have the problems in society we have if God wasn’t taken out of our country. It’s scary to look around and see, at a time like this, we’re acting ashamed of being “One nation UNDER GOD.” It’s like people are ashamed of being Americans. My heart and prayers go out to the families, friends, and survivors of 9/11. and may the victims of the day rest in peace.

    • Posted by on October 11, 2011 at 22:21

      1. “Under God” was added in the 50s because Americans were afraid of communism. 2. My father was in the pentagon. I am an atheist. I love this country just as much as any Christian, Jew, muslim or Hindu living here. This is my country that I believe in and support because it is a FREE country. Because my family has the right to be made of a catholic father, a christian mother and ann athiest daughter. I support Christianity fully and I respect it. People deserve to be happy. However, I do not support Christians such as yourself that seem to think Christians are the only and should be the only people in the world. You’re a disgrace to what I know of to be a religion that aims to spread peace.

  22. Posted by on September 11, 2011 at 12:30

    May God Bless America. And Pray For those that we have lost.

  23. Posted by on September 11, 2011 at 12:26

    I kind of see the point because America is a secular nation now but it was founded by Christian values before. I mean lots of people of all religions died that day. However, they could have invited Jewish rabbis, Christian Priests, and Muslim priests to all have a religious ceremony if you wanted to be religiously tolerant. I still pray for them. I was too young (I was in Kindergarden) to understand and be scarred by a horrific event. However the pictures in a Life Magazine really moved me. 🙂 I pray that God bless them and their families. I also pray that terrorists don’t attack NYC again! God bless! 🙂

  24. Posted by on September 11, 2011 at 12:16

    Today in church our Pastor showed us a song called “There is Hope” which is dedicated to 9/11. Here’s the link if you want to hear the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLlJj9Aynq8 and speaks about how there is still hope and God is still here today as He was 10 yrs ago.

  25. Posted by on September 11, 2011 at 11:18

    Nicole I think they should have invited the people that actually helped save lives. I think our founding fathers would be turning over in their graves. So dissapointing the way we act today.

    • Posted by Nicole on September 11, 2011 at 22:23

      I know. I completely agree with you. THey WOULD be disappointed!

  26. Posted by on September 11, 2011 at 10:39

    the only thing left standing was the cross and there are athiest who want to take it down! 10 years later I still cant believe it. I heard a story about a man on the 88th floor and he searched and gatherd everybody on the 88th floor and got them down to saftey and he could have made it but he went up to the 89th floor to save them. , R.I.P to all the innocent men and women who lost their lives that tragic day. <3

  27. Posted by on September 11, 2011 at 10:16

    Thank you so much for writing this article. In my sunday school class today, we were talking about these very interesting stories. For instance, a father preparing to go to work on the day of the terrorist attacks. his son says that he wants his dad to take him to school. this young boy saved his father’s life. another man who had almost never missed a day of work, got sick the day of the attacks. he worked in the trade towers. God’s hand is so ever present in our lives, he saves with mere coincidences. my mother works in downtown chicago, near the sears tower. the terroists were planning to attack there too. God really helps and protects us all the time. and i think that we should always be very thankful, for like i was talking about this morning at church, our days are numbered. some day, all of us will close our eyes for the last time. but the good thing is that we will know that God always has control in our lives, and our lives in heaven. thanks again. God bless. 🙂

  28. Posted by on September 11, 2011 at 08:55

    An amazing country song about 9/11 is “Have You Forgotten” by Darryl Worley. Every September 11th, it’s all I listen to on my Ipod, and I’ll post small quotes/ tid bits of lyrics from the song throughout the day. Then, I’ll usually leave the Youtube.com link for it.

  29. Posted by on September 11, 2011 at 08:17

    My prayers go up for the people who lost loved ones in that horrific event…

  30. Posted by on September 11, 2011 at 07:55

    Wow…this is really sad to hear. The fact that they won’t allow prayer at Ground Zero..? I’m not sure I agree with that. Prayer is very powerful- specially when it comes from the heart. If I were to go there for any reason, I know for a fact I would pray silently, in my head, without anyone having to know. It’s better than nothing! ^-^ I prayed for all those whop lost their lives, and for the family’s who still miss them…may God bless them all <3

    • Posted by on September 11, 2011 at 22:05

      The SAD thing is that they wanted to build a Mosque on Ground Zero…..

      • Posted by on September 15, 2011 at 17:58

        In all honestly there is really nothing wrong with the community center. It doesn’t encroach on anyone’s rights and it is not at the actual site of the 9/11 attacks. The media hyped it up way more than it should have been.
        No one can legally and Constitutionally can’t say they can’t build it. A right can’t be supported and simultaneously suppressed (i.e: they have the right to build it , but should they?)
        ((you’ll find that I have the ability to rationalize everything, so it may seem that I don’t care about 9/11, which I really do.))

      • Posted by on September 13, 2011 at 21:12

        I still think it’s wrong.

      • Posted by on September 11, 2011 at 22:53

        Wasn’t actually a Mosque…wasn’t actually at Ground Zero. It was quite a few city blocks away from Ground Zero in an abandoned space that used to be some store. And it’s not a Mosque–it was a community center. A mosque by definition is a purely religious structure. This is a large proposed community center, open to the public and set to house, among other things, a basketball court. Yes there will be a prayer space inside it as well, but you don’t call St. Mary’s Hospital a church because it happens to have a chapel inside it, do you?

  31. Posted by on September 11, 2011 at 07:38

    May God Bless the families and friends of those who lives are lost. Let me remember all those who gave their lives for others on this day like Jesus did for us. We will never forget you all. No mater what happens let us love with the power of God towards others in this painful day. Amen.

  32. Posted by on September 11, 2011 at 05:51

    Well it’s not like they’re forbidding people in the crowd not to pray. It’s just not an official part of the ceremony. And since people of all beliefs and faiths died on that day, I honestly don’t think they should have a Christian prayer- unless they also have prayers from all the other religions of people who died that day.

    • Posted by on September 12, 2011 at 01:11

      Laura I fully agree! If they would have a Christian prayer then prayers from all religions of people who died should be included.
      Woman,children ,men of various faiths died. That speaks volumes if they would only have a Christian prayer. That is not what GOD would want in this situation. I kbow with out a shadow of a doubt! People who died to help save other human beings.So they were not Christian they do not have prayers for their faith.That type of Christian clearly has lost total perspective.

    • Posted by on September 11, 2011 at 22:55

      I agree. It also probably has to do a lot with the separation clause. Prayer being an official part of the ceremony would violate it blah blah blah