September 11, 2001 started out like an ordinary day for FDNY member Steven Salzano of Ladder Co. 132, located in the Crown Heights area of Brooklyn, New York.
Salzano was installing a hot water tank in his Staten Island, New York home on his day off when his wife broke the news to him that a passenger plane had crashed into the World Trade Center building after she saw it on the news.
Upon witnessing the carnage breaking out in downtown Manhattan on television, Salzano immediately phoned in to his firehouse who originally told him that they did not need his assistance, but once the second plane hit, he immediately packed his stuff and reported to work. more >>
It was the “where were you when…” moment of our generation. As the Twin Towers fell into giant piles of splintered steel, shattered glass, pulverized concrete and crushed lives, so did our national confidence. Islamic terrorists armed with box cutters and a death-filled agenda did their best to bring us to our knees and make us worse as a nation.
As we witnessed the horror playing out on our television sets that day we gasped, then we cried, and, finally, we mourned with the rest of the nation. Something had changed in America. This new kind of war brought the fight to our front doorsteps in a way that even the bombing of Pearl Harbor could not. In less than an hour, Osama Bin Laden’s lackeys had punched our nation’s capital in the gut and had taken two bites out of the apple of America’s eye. Almost three thousand lives were extinguished in 4 plane crashes that tragic and traumatic morning. It was the most horrific thing that most of us had ever witnessed.
How do we as Christians respond to what happened on that fateful day ten years ago? Should we forgive and forget? Should we join the military to exact some justice? Or is there a different reaction we should have? more >>
September 11 and the Park 51 Mosque have become battleground issues in the finals days of the New York special election to replace disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner.
Most Americans view the weekend of 9/11's 10th anniversary as a weekend of reflection and remembrance. For Republican Bob Turner and Democrat David Weprin, contenders in New York's 9th Congressional District race, the weekend also marks the last days before the Sept. 13 election.
To stay relevant, both men have allowed 9/11 topics to seep into to their talking points, daring to take sides in the debate over the Islamic Center being built two blocks from the former site of the World Trade Center, and wading into the battle over 9/11 benefits for survivors. more >>
Former President George W. Bush has been announced as special guest to open the National Football League’s festivities Sunday with a 9/11 tribute feature.
The two-minute clip will air on Fox in lieu of the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington and Pennsylvania.
The tribute will air at the beginning of Fox’s pregame NFL coverage and will include members of the FDNY, NYPD, and NY/NJ Port Authority Police. more >>
Americans have been urged to proceed as normal despite word of "credible" terror threats circulatIing in the news since late Thursday afternoon. The question remains whether Americans will continue with their plans to honor 9/11 victims amid the threat of a possible terrorist attack.
Yesterday, U.S. officials announced a potential terror threat from al-Qaida militants. According to reports, three men (one of whom may be a U.S. citizen) entered the United States in mid-August from Pakistan. They may or may not have something to do with a reported threat of vehicle bombs.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a statement stating that the threats come from "specific, credible but unconfirmed threat information." more >>
NEW YORK – In a direct response to the dispute surrounding the inclusion of religious leaders in the 9/11 anniversary ceremony, prominent evangelical leaders gathered near ground zero Friday to promote a joint message that religion should be used to heal and not divide.
Protests made by extremists regarding a proposed mosque to be built near ground zero tainted last year’s September 11 commemorations. After the official ceremony, nearly 2,000 activists assembled in support of the mosque, about five blocks from the site of the 9/11 terror attacks. At the same time around 1,500 mosque opponents gathered close by chanting, “USA, USA,” and “No mosque here.”
Speakers at the press conference Friday called upon Christians to pave the way for unity and peace by being good neighbors to the Muslim community instead of using faith to fuel the controversies. The event was co-sponsored by the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), the largest network of evangelicals worldwide, and Sojourners, an evangelical publication by the Christian social justice organization of the same name. more >>