a new game

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When given opportunities out of the blue I consider them a blessing and I can’t help but to feel excited and hopeful. My friends, every day is a new opportunity and we always have a reason to say thank you. Today, I have many reasons to be thankful.

Remember this: Every day is a new opportunity. Remember, you can build on yesterday’s success or you can put all your failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is a new game each day.

 

celebrating 150 years

Gettysburg

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Gettysburg is one of the coolest places I’ve ever been. The first and only (so far) time, I’ve been to Gettysburg is quite the story. For a quick synopsis re: Ann Marie, Joel and I were on a big adventure to Washington, DC. The parents helped move me across the country post graduation. As suspected I told them I wanted to stop at Gettysburg on our way, now understand that Gettysburg is not along the way at all. They said no. The next day after moving me in, they picked me up we got in the car and we drove to Gettysburg. Mind you, it was off season. When we got there, there were no tours (fail). We bought the CD collection that would allow us to stay in the car, and get out on our own time to see the sights. It was a fantastic trip. I cannot wait to go back and to explore more. The battle grounds were awesome, and the town is amazing.

Enough about me, Gettysburg is celebrating 150! This celebration is specifically happening today, November 19th and again on the 23rd.  Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address will take stage as the nation commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the speech as well as the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery. Gettysburg commemorates these events with a special ceremony, a parade and an illumination of the cemetery.

The Soldiers’ National Cemetery was established after the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. About 17 acres are dedicated to bury over 3,500 fallen Union troops. President Abraham Lincoln arrived in Gettysburg November 18th to attend the dedication ceremony for the cemetery the next day. On November 19, he delivered the Gettysburg Address, which honored those who fought and died at Gettysburg and continues to be one of the most revered speeches in American history.

For more information about the events going on to commemorate the Gettysburg Address click here. This is going to be an awesome week in Gettysburg. If you make a stop, let me know how it is.

twelve years ago

do you remember where you were?

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Twelve years ago I was at Holy Angels School. I was sitting my my computer class, waiting for the time to pass. I was in the 6th grade. Right before the bell rang, teachers started to congregate towards the TVs, phones began to ring in the school, teachers were crying. Twelve years ago, the attacks on the USA happened. 19 terrorists from the Islamist extremist  group, al-Qaeda, hijacked four commercial airplanes, deliberately crashing two of the planes into the upper floors of the North and South towers of the World Trade Center and a third plane into the Pentagon in Arlington, Va. The Twin Towers ultimately collapsed because of the damage sustained from the impacts and the resulting fires.  After learning about the other attacks, passengers on the fourth hijacked plane, Flight 93,  fought back, and the plane was crashed into an empty field in western Pennsylvania about 20 minutes by air from Washington, DC.

Twelve years ago, these attacks killed nearly 3,000 people from 93 nations. 2,753 people were killed in New York,  184 people were killed at the Pentagon and 40 people were killed on Flight 93. The fires from the initial impacts were only intensified by the planes’ burning jet fuel. These fires weakened the steel support trusses, which attached each of the floors to the  buildings’ exterior walls. With the damage to the buildings’ structural columns,  this ultimately caused both towers to collapse. Also destroyed, were the 5 other buildings within the WTC because of damage sustained when the Twin Towers fell. And the collapse of the buildings left the area devastated. It’s been an on going process with thousands of volunteers who went to Ground Zero to help with the rescue and the recovery and clean-up effort. Finally on May 30, 2002, the last of piece of WTC steel was ceremonially removed.

Today is a day of remembrance. This day is something we will never forget and it’s a day that 911 firefighters erect flagmade our Nation stronger. United we stand.

Some people are under the impression that if we talk about the anniversary of 9/11 on every September 111th, then the terrorists won– and I 110% completely disagree with this statement. The fact that we remember this monuments day in our history, not only as a people, but as a nation shows true to who we are. On this day twelve years ago, and every day since, we have come together as a people. Our nation did the exact opposite to what the al-Qaeda wanted. We joined together, and we didn’t back down.

Today is a day we will always remember, and we will never forget it. We must honor 911. They tried to divide us and pull us apart, but 12 years ago we came together and this made us stronger. Thank you to those who continuously fight to make our country the greatest in the world.