Sonia Mercedes Morales had no way of knowing that her life would end in the horrific Sept. 11, 2001 attacks that killed many. Her legacy, however, is being carried on through her daughter, whose story of hope has inspired many to believe in miracles.
"Remember one thing about your mother. I am a survivor and always will be," Morales told daughter Tita before getting into the taxi that took her to the airport that fateful morning.
"On September 11, when my mom perished on flight 11, it was as if I died too. It was so painful; it physically hurts," Sonia "Tita" Puopolo told CBS. "It's a broken heart. We all understand what a broken heart is when you lose anyone, but especially for a mother, because mothers are the ones who give us life." more >>
Following his arrest on the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, controversial, small-time pastor Terry Jones has said he believes he was set up by police officers, arguing they knew he was going to burn Qurans at a local park in Mulberry, Fla.
Jones said in an interview following his arrest on Wednesday that prior to his planned Quran burning, he had met with three police officers, including two from Polk County and one from Manatee County, as well as an FBI special agent on Sept. 7. During the meeting, Jones claims to have told the officials of his plans to burn nearly 3,000 Qurans on the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
"We told them at the time we would be soaking the Qurans in kerosene and would be driving them down there," Jones told U.S. News & World Report on Friday. "We had no idea that was against the law. They were aware of what we were going to do." more >>
In the 16-month period following Osama Bin Laden's assassination in May of 2011, national confidence increased in a way that was almost reminiscent of the pre-9/11 days. The economy was gradually coming back from the Great Recession (much as the pre-9/11 economy was recovering from the "Dot-Com Crash") and -- more importantly -- there was a sense that the worst national security fears of the U.S. were behind us.
The brave U.S. special forces who killed Bin Laden brought a much needed sense of justice and closure regarding the mastermind behind the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history, and for many months President Obama was able to spin the symbolic victory into far more than what it was. But on the eleventh anniversary of 9/11, the attacks on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi claimed four American lives and shattered the false sense of security that had begun to creep back into the American psyche. Within a year of that attack, the Boston Marathon bombings killed three people and injured an estimated 264 people (last April), and the U.S. was forced to close over 20 embassies around the world because of terrorist threats (last month).
Making matters worse, the Obama administration misled the American public about 9/11/12 to preserve a presidential national security narrative that was critical to Obama's reelection about two months later. As the Washington Times recently reported, "As President Obama ran to election victory last fall with claims that al Qaeda was 'decimated' and 'on the run,' his intelligence team was privately offering a different assessment that the terrorist movement was shifting resources and capabilities to emerging spinoff groups in Africa that posed fresh threats to American security." more >>
The "Two Million Bikers to D.C." group that staged a massive rally in the nation's capital in honor of the victims of the Sept, 11, 2001 attacks has estimated that as many as 1.2 million bikers in total participated in the event, and announced they are planning a follow-up tribute next year as well.
"Yes, we ride again next year. Yes, we will keep this page going," the group said on its Facebook page. "Last reports we heard, riders were estimated at 1.2 million."
"So many personal stories, so many tears shed for this country and the tragedy on 9.11.01 some even rode with 9.11.12 in their hearts," they added. more >>
On Wednesday, people across the United States of America remembered the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Places like The Pentagon and New York City were the sites of ceremonies in remembrance of those lost.
While September 11 is most widely known in the American public consciousness as the anniversary of a national tragedy, it is also the date for other major events in human history. Other notable events include other somber occasions such as major battles and regime changes, but also more hopeful events like new year celebrations and birthdays of famous people.
So without further delay, here is a list in no particular order of other major past events that fell on the eleventh day of the ninth month. more >>
Police have arrested controversial small-time Florida Pastor Terry Jones on the 12th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, as he was en route to burn nearly 3,000 kerosene-doused Qurans at a local park in Polk County, Fla.
Polk County police pulled over Jones, the 66-year-old pastor of the Dove Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., and his associate pastor, Marvin Sapp Jr., as they drove in a pick-up truck to Mulberry's local Loyce Harp Park to burn 2,998 Qurans, meant to represent each of the victims killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks across America. The men were reportedly towing a barbecue-like grill and a truckload of Qurans, doused in kerosene.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said in a press conference Wednesday following Jones' arrest that the two pastors had met at a local McDonald's parking lot, where they proceeded to douse the Qurans in the pick-up truck with kerosene. Additionally, Jones reportedly carried a handgun on his hip, in plain view, while dousing the Qurans at the local food chain. The McDonald's manager complained to the men, who were then pulled over by police after leaving the restaurant parking lot. Jones was charged with unlawfully conveying fuel, a felony, and openly carrying a firearm, a misdemeanor. Sapp was charged with invalid registration for his trailer that hauled the grill and the felony of unlawful conveyance of fuel. more >>