This weekend, our social media feeds will be filled with the usual “I will never forget..” and that will often be followed with the words “..where I was when the tragic events unfolded that day in 2001..I was..” and on and on.
I understand we all have our stories of that day. I understand it helps our children, and our children’s children, to comprehend the chaos, the shock and the impact that September 11th had on the hearts of millions of Americans.
I also know that every year, inevitably, I come across people also sharing their views on the conspiracies that led up to that horrible morning and the cover ups in the years since.
I understand that as citizens of this country we are free to wonder, to question, to examine.
I just choose to think about other things when September 11th rolls around each year.
I think of the numbers only.
Numbers that don’t lie.
That don’t change from year to year.
I allow the grief over the numbers to hit my heart as I remember and pray.
Praying by the numbers, as I honor those most closely impacted by the events that day.
I don’t worry about where I was that day.
I choose, instead, to focus on being present and prayerful, today.
To lift high the hearts that were left to struggle through each breath, each minute, each day, in every passing year since 9-11-2001
Praying by the numbers.
Weeping with those who weep
and Authentically Yours,
***The Numbers Of 9/11***
8:46 a.m. and 9:02 a.m.
9:37 a.m. and 10:03 a.m.
Total number killed in attacks in New York: 2,753
Total killed, United Flight 93: 40
Total killed in the Pentagon attack: 184
Number of firefighters and paramedics killed: 343
Number of NYPD officers:23
Number of Port Authority police officers: 37
Number of U.S. troops killed in Operation Enduring Freedom: 2,343
Number of nations whose citizens were killed in attacks: 115
Bodies found “intact”: 291
Remains found: 21,906
Number of families who received no remains: 1,717
Estimated units of blood donated to the New York Blood Center: 36,000
Total units of donated blood actually used: 258
Number of people who lost a spouse or partner in the attacks: 1,609
Estimated number of children who lost a parent: 3,051
Days fires continued to burn after the attack: 99
Estimated number of New Yorkers suffering from post-traumatic-stress disorder as a result of 9/11: 422,000