Remembering 9-11

Remembering 9-11. Paws’ did this painting after visiting New York City in the late 1970’s,

Remembering 9-11, a day that was marked the beginning of a recognition that the United States was not exempt from terrorist attacks. Most all Americans were in shock that day as we saw the commercial airplanes hijacked and deliberately crashed into the Twin Towers, a focal points of the New York City skyline.

Another plane deliberately crashed into the Pentagon. Still another, headed for the U.S. Capitol Building was courageously crashed by the passengers who took control of the plane to take it down.

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Do you remember what you were doing on 9-11? Did it have an impact on your life? Were you personally changed by it. Please weight in and share your thoughts and comments.

Remembering 9-11

I remember that day vividly. Working for a non-profit, there was a small TV in our office. It was hard to walk away from the television coverage and do work. Having been a journalists before starting work in public relations, the work of the day seemed very insignificant. We would see those images replayed day after day for well over a year. It changed our lives momentarily – maybe for a year. But 15 years later, things are pretty much the same, except we realize terrorism is a real threat in America.

My kitty Lenny is only 4-years-old. He wasn’t around that day. He wasn’t even a fleeting thought in his human’s mind. My Pink Collar, now 16, was just a kitten, and she had my beloved Smokey Blue, who has passed on, were there to watch the horror unfold in front of us. Mom’s cat, Clyde, not pictured here, was also there to comfort her.

Remembering 9-11, many like my kitty Lenny, too young to remember

While we recall this fateful day, we realize so many people under 21 or even 25 have no recollection or a very faint one of this day that ranks up there with the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy or for those that can remember the bombing of Pearl Harbor that sent America into World War II.

Remembering 9-11 through art

When I was in high school, I took oil painting lessons, and after visiting my brother who lived in New York City, I painted this scene of the Twin Towers. I had totally forgotten about this painting till a few years after 9-11. I was very pleased I hadn’t given it away or tossed it. Today, I share it on my blog, Paws for Reflection.

Remembering 9-11

Lenny checks out this oil painting of 9-11 as we recall that memorable day 15 years ago

Remembering 9-11

Cat Lenny checks out what the New York skyline looked like before 9-11.

Remembering 9-11

Black Cat Pink Collar spends most of her day Remembering 9-11 through napping.

Remembering 9-11

Lenny, only 4, like so many others has no or very little memory of 9-11 when the plane attack destroyed both the North and South Twin Towers.

Remembering 9-11

It takes bribery to get cats to be where you want them when trying to take a photo. This photo shoot in front of our oil painting of the New York City skyline in the late 1970’s was no exception.

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20 Responses to Remembering 9-11

  1. Basil says:

    We will never furget either – a very sad day indeed!

    Purrs

    Basil & Co xox

  2. A serious day for the USA and a sad one.

  3. I’m glad I’m not the only one that has to bribe the star to participate 🙂

  4. Here I was not yet born but peep recalls the day vividly, and the shock wave that crossed the globe was greater than anything peep has known. Such a very sad day for the US and the world of decent free and honest folk. That day will never be forgotten. respectful purrs ERin

  5. We will always remember 9/11. That painting is a bittersweet memory.

    The Florida Furkids

  6. Brian Frum says:

    We will never forget, never ever.

  7. Flynn says:

    That is a lovely painting. My husband was working in the garage and heard about the first plane on the radio. He shouted in to tell me, so I put the TV on to see if there was any news on what had happened. As I watched, the second plane hit. It was so unreal, I couldn’t comprehend what I was seeing.

    • BJ Bangs says:

      I was at having my eyes checked. The doctor was abnormally late and didn’t see anything. When I got to the office around 11am, I found our receptionist glued
      to a TV in the break room. Everyone kept asking did you hear. I had no idea and stood there in shock.

  8. Over here in the UK, The Staff was on holiday that week and she was spending the day out with her father. Then her mother phoned on the mobile and said what had happened! They couldn’t believe it and thought it must be an accident or a cruel joke! They soon found it wasn’t either of those! Those pictures are quite something!! xx

  9. Ellen Pilch says:

    That is a beautiful painting and your kitties are adorable.

  10. LadyMum was just getting uppy with NYLABLUE when her furend called her sobbin an tellin her to tern on thee Tee Vee. So LadyMum did an shee said shee just sat there stunned….shee said it was like not beein abull to tern away frum a car crash (shee used to bee a Tow truck Lady)…
    Shee reememburrss her furend sayin thee werld wood change fur efurr…..
    Thee paintin iss berry luvley BJ Bangss an Lenny….
    Sinseerlee, Siddhartha Henry =^,.^= an LadyMum

  11. Pipo/Minko/MrJackFreckles says:

    The petcretary was taking her then furkids to the vet…and it was announced on the radio as she was driving there. So she asked the vet peeps to go and check on their TV and wow, it was for real and horrible. When she got back home her mom called from Canada to ask if she ad heard the news…cause for sure it was on all the TVs there too:(

    We will not forget about 9-11. May the eternal peace of love heal our wounds, but the scars will still be there and we will not ever forget.

    • BJ Bangs says:

      It was like a horror story unfolding. The plane, the North Tower Collapsing, then the South Tower. The Pentagon. The scars will be etched upon those of us who lived through it. I can’t imagine what the people of New York felt.

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At Paws for Reflection, we're serious about cats, writing about cat health, cat rescue and cat news. We delve into why cats are the absolute best soul mates. We spring in a little humor with lots of travel tips, photos and a few feline tales, making Paws for Reflection a must stop for cat information on the cat crazed Internet. BJ is an award-winning blogger/journalist, communications professional and photographer.

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