Tim McGraw If You’re Reading This

I want to say Thank-You to every man and woman that have served and are still serving in The Armed Services.

I owe them more than I could ever repay.

I want to offer you a Heartfelt Hand Salute and May God Bless you.

I’d like to tell you about The Oath Keepers. http://oathkeepers.org/oath/
They are military and law enforcement that has sworn to uphold their oath to defend the Constitution, not the politicians.

If you have served and sworn that oath, reaffirm your commitment to the American people and the Constitution of the United States of America on their site or at an Oath Keepers event. Many civilians are also taking the Oath, administered by an Oath Keeper, at Tea Parties and similar gatherings.

Now there is a forum set up by individual states so you can connect with others in your locale as well as with ppl all across the land. You can track events and the testamonials volunteered by many Oath Keepers. http://oathkeepers.org/oath/

Another group I’d like you to know about is the Appleseed Project. http://appleseedinfo.org/ From these fine Patiots, you can learn the rifleman’s quarter mile marksmanship and the real history of the first American Revolutionary War.

Tim McGraw has done a tremendous job on this song and I wanted to voice my feelings, too. This is a tribute from the heart to all those who are, were, or ever will be in harm’s way to serve and protect freedom. This video is not about war, it’s about people. Thank you all.

9-11 Photos The Networks Will NOT Show You!!! – Remembering The Jumpers

This is why I don’t care how information is extracted from the followers of The Pedophile Mohammed so more terrorist attacks can be stopped.

As a result of the attacks perpetrated by Islamic terrorists, rare photos of the many who were forced to JUMP rather than burn to death, and the networks REFUSE to show THE TRUTH.

My Two Cents on 9/11/01

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On September 11,2001 2,977 Americans died because of Islam.

The disease of Islam needs to be wiped from the face of the earth.

If we do not destroy Islam it will destroy America.

Europe has let Islam run wild now they are paying the price.

We saw what Islam is willing to do to destroy America.

Muslims are envious of our progress and prosperity.

Muslims are stuck in the seventh century following a pedophile.

We should have blasted Mecca off the face of the earth.

How Mister Rogers Helped Heal the Nation After September 11

H/T Biography.com.

Fred Rogers was a very inciteful man.

After the terrorist attacks in September 2001, Fred Rogers offered heartfelt words of hope and recovery.

During the years that Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was on the air (1968 – 2001), Fred Rogers, better known as Mister Rogers, often shepherded his young viewers through traumatic events. Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Rogers came out of retirement to once more offer guidance via heartfelt video testimonials. Though it was difficult for him to contemplate making these public service announcements, the short promos were a balm that helped a traumatized nation begin to recover.

WATCH: Commemorating the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, The HISTORY® Channel will premiere three documentary specials, starting on September 10. Watch a preview for all three specials now.

Mister Rogers was shaken by the 9/11 terrorist attacks

Rogers never shied away from discussing difficult topics on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and beyond. In June 1968 he addressed the confusion and fear children were feeling after the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. He went on to talk about issues like the Iran hostage crisis in the 1970s and the Challenger shuttle explosion in 1986. In addition, he aided children in learning how to process more intimate losses such as death and divorce. Over the years he’d often delivered the advice, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'”

However, the tragic events of September 11 shook Rogers’ world. He’d long been a part-time resident of New York City, where he’d purchased an apartment so he’d have a place to stay when visiting for work. He was also a native of Pennsylvania, where Flight 93 crashed after passengers tried to regain control of the hijacked plane. And Rogers was particularly affected by the fact that these terrorist attacks contradicted the messages of neighborliness and kindness he’d spent decades trying to convey.

Rogers had taped his last show in December 2000; the final week of original Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood episodes aired in August 2001. Post-retirement he was still involved with his production company, so his team wanted to have him record public service announcements about the 9/11 attacks. But in the 2018 documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Margy Whitmer, a producer of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, said that before doing the promos a troubled Rogers admitted to her, “I just don’t know what good these are gonna do.”

He overcame his doubts to create reassuring messages after 9/11

In Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, Whitmer explains that she encouraged Rogers to make the videos, as he could reach people who needed him. Rogers ended up recording four public service announcements. Though behind-the-scenes footage reveals him looking somber and uncertain before speaking, he was able to deliver reassuring words in his usual calm and understanding tone.

In one video made for the post-9/11 world, Rogers declared, “No matter what our particular job, especially in our world today, we all are called to be ‘tikkun olam,’ repairers of creation.” The Hebrew words “tikkun olam” refer to actions taken to improve society, including caring for others, which was useful advice for a devastated nation. The phrase “tikkun olam” also reflected Rogers’ ecumenical bent — though he was an ordained Presbyterian minister, he’d always been open to and interested in different faith traditions and philosophies.

In the same video spot, Rogers also said, “Thank you for whatever you do, wherever you are, to bring joy and light and hope and faith and pardon and love to your neighbor and to yourself.” Rogers had always wanted a world that would be guided by understanding and love instead of being blinded by fear and hate. His words demonstrated that the attacks hadn’t destroyed his faith in neighborliness, and provided a vision for how to move forward in a different world.

Mister Rogers wanted to provide guidance to both adults and children

The post-9/11 videos Rogers made were meant to be viewed by adults, but his paramount concern was for children. He wanted to provide guidance to adult caretakers so they could ensure the next generation was not overly traumatized by such terrible events.

Rogers also understood that young children might become more fearful and uncertain due to replays of the September 11 attacks on television. A video released on the one-year anniversary of the attacks instructed adults about how to cope with this possibility. In it, he said, “I would like to tell you what I often told you when you were much younger. I like you just the way you are. And what’s more, I’m so grateful to you for helping the children in your life to know that you’ll do everything you can to keep them safe. And to help them express their feelings in ways that will bring healing in many different neighborhoods.”

Focusing on children allowed Rogers to, as he once told The New York Times, “nourish the future.” In a commencement speech at Dartmouth College in June 2002, he shared what kind of future he was hoping for: “When I say it’s you I like, I’m talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed.”

After 9/11: 5 Cultural Moments That Helped Americans Move Forward

H/T History.com.

9/11/2001 the day terrorist tested the resolve of America and Americans.

From David Letterman’s emotional monologue to George W. Bush’s World Series first pitch, these collective experiences helped the nation process its shock and grief.

While the United States was still reeling after the September 11 terrorist attacks, it was the country’s comedians, musicians and screen stars, along with a symbolic sports moment, that played a prominent initial role in helping America collectively process its shock and grief.

Pop culture’s response to the attacks was all the more remarkable because the entertainment world essentially ground to a halt just minutes after the Twin Towers fell. In television, “even cable channels that…didn’t have news operations were either carrying a feed of news coverage, or some of them just put up a card that says we said ‘We are temporarily suspending programming,’” says Bob Thompson of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communications. “Sporting events stopped. Award shows were postponed. Broadway wasn’t doing shows. It was a complete shutdown of entertainment.”

But the world of late night comedy, in particular, began planning how to return on air almost immediately. “Clearly, late night TV has become the entertainment industry’s first responders, and that really comes to the fore the week after September 11,” says Thompson, noting that several late night moments from that week have become embedded into our collective memory.

From emotional late night monologues to star-studded telethons and a presidential first pitch at the World Series, here are five indelible pop culture moments that helped Americans move forward after September 11.

WATCH: Commemorating the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, The HISTORY® Channel will premiere three documentary specials, starting on September 10. Watch a preview for all three specials now.

The Return of Late Night Television

At the height of his popularity, David Letterman was considered the dean of late night. That was never more apparent than on Sept 17, 2001, less than a week after the attacks, when “The Late Show With David Letterman” returned to the airwaves from the Ed Sullivan Theater in Midtown Manhattan with a somber opening monologue that touched on the emotions many viewers were probably experiencing: grief, confusion, admiration for first responders—and solidarity with ordinary New Yorkers. “It’s terribly sad here in New York City, we’ve lost 5,000 fellow New Yorkers and you can feel it, you can feel it, you can see it. It’s terribly sad,” Letterman told the audience. “If you didn’t believe it before, you can absolutely believe it now: New York City is the greatest city in the world,” he said.

As the first late night host to return to the airwaves, “Letterman comes back and sets the standard for late night with a monologue that is still considered an extraordinary nine minutes of television,” says Thompson.

A Somber ‘Saturday Night Live’

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Paul Simon performs on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ as members of the Fire Department of New York, New York Police Department and Port Authority Police Department stand to the side, with (center, l-r) Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Fire Commissioner Tom Von Esses on September 29, 2001.

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“Live from New York… It’s Saturday night” might be one of the most iconic lines in television history, and it was never more so than on Sept 29, 2001, when “Saturday Night Live” opened its 29th season. Eschewing the traditional cold open—which often parodies the biggest news story of the week—the show instead had New York native (and rock legend) Paul Simon perform his 1969song “The Boxer,” at the request of SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels, who felt the song about a young man struggling to make it in New York “would capture the strength of the city and the emotion.”

Simon was introduced by then-New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, who was flanked by the chiefs of the city’s police and fire departments and uniformed members of both departments. After the song ended, Michaels somberly (and famously) asked Giuliani if “we can be funny now?” Thompson recalls. “Giuliani says, ‘why start now?’ and everybody gets a laugh.”

While that line is the most famous, Thompson says what happened moments later is just as significant. “When Rudy Giuliani says, ‘Live from New York,’ that had never been a more emotionally charged use of that opening line before,” he said.

A Star-Studded Celebrity Telethon

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Bruce Springsteen opens the live broadcast of ‘America: A Tribute to Heroes”‘with ‘My City in Ruins’ in New York City, September 21, 2001.

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The footage of soot-covered firefighters and police officers at Ground Zero left many Americans—including several celebrities—wondering how they could help first responders. The heads of ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC also began planning “America: A Tribute To Heroes,” a celebrity telethon that would air on all the major networks simultaneously in order to raise money for the specially created United Way’s September 11 Telethon Fund just 10 days after the attacks.

After Bruce Springsteen opened the program with his song “My City of Ruins,” which the singer described as “a prayer for our fallen brothers and sisters,” actor Tom Hanks addressed the audience with a reminder that while the musicians and actors they were about to see were not police or fire personnel, they were hoping to use their talents to help in the best way they knew how. “We are not protectors of this great nation,” said Hanks. “We are merely artists, entertainers, here to raise spirits—and, we hope, a great deal of money.”

Creating the celebrity-packed program—musical acts included Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, while presenters included Muhammad Ali, Will Smith and Cindy Crawford—in a little over a week was a feat organizers worried they’d be unable to pull off. So many performers wanted to participate that actor George Clooney had the idea of having them answer phones to take pledges in the background throughout the event. But getting enough phone lines to support the event almost didn’t happen. In his book After: How America Confronted the September 12 Era, journalist Steven Brill described how, with just five minutes before air, only Whoopi Goldberg’s phone was receiving calls. A panicked Clooney told the rest of the actors to fake answering the phones until the situation was resolved.

“Fake it? How can I do that?” asked actor Kurt Russell. “You’re an [expletive] actor,” Clooney replied. “Figure it out.” The phones were soon fixed.

President Bush Throws Out A World Series Pitch

As President George W. Bush got ready to throw out the first pitch ahead of Game 3 of the 2001 World Series between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the New York Yankees at Yankees Stadium, superstar shortstop Derek Jeter stopped the President to ask a question: Was he planning to throw from the mound or from just in front of it? Jeter strongly suggested he throw from the mound, noting that the crowd would boo if he didn’t.

Clad in an FDNY jacket (with bulletproof gear underneath), Bush decided to follow that advice—and ended up throwing a strike to catcher Todd Greene, to cheers from the crowd. “I had never had such an adrenaline rush as when I finally made it to the mound,” Bush, who was invited by the Yankees to attend the first game of the series in New York, would later tell MLB.com. “I was saying to the crowd, ‘I’m with you, the country’s with you.’”

The Concert For New York City

Paul McCartney, The Concert For New York City 2001

Paul McCartney performing at The Concert For New York City to benefit the victims of the September 11 attacks, October 20, 2001.

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Rocker Paul McCartney was on the tarmac at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport when the World Trade Center collapsed; he was quickly ushered off the plane while a flight attendant informed him of what was happening. The former Beatle, knowing his stay in New York had been extended indefinitely, began wondering how he could use his star power to assist the city as he began an impromptu stay at a hotel on nearby Long Island.

“While I was out there [on Long Island] twiddling my thumbs,” he said, “I began to think, is there something we can do?” he told the Hollywood Reporter in 2011. He began reaching out to old friends and compatriots like David Bowie, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Elton John and Billy Joel to plan what would become The Concert For New York City, a fundraiser that resembled his old bandmate George Harrison’s Concert For Bangladesh, which occurred 30 years earlier.

The show took place on October 20, 2001 inside Madison Square Garden before a crowd of firefighters, police officers, their family members and survivors of those lost. While most acts picked solemn songs, one of the most memorable sets came when The Who performed—and Daltrey and Townshend led the crowd through the band’s anthems “Who Are You?” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” among their other hits. As the crowd roared its approval, Daltrey simply said, “We could never follow what you did,” as a thank you.