Showing posts with label 9/11. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 9/11. Show all posts

Friday, October 14, 2022

State Representative Jeff Roy spreads message of unity and hope (video)

A few weeks ago, Rep. Roy delivered remarks at Franklin’s 9/11 anniversary commemoration. He spoke of unity, hope, and coming together as one (e pluribus union). The theme is important in these times of divisiveness and chaos.

Indeed, in times of challenge, Americans are at their best when move forward together as one. Jeff urged those in attendance to be beacons of light so that others may see the good works.

You can view the remarks by clicking here or on the image below.

Shared from Rep Roy's newsletter. You can find the full set of contents at this link ->

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Town Administrator Jamie Hellen and I get to "Talk Franklin" - 09/09/22 (audio)

FM #842 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 842 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares my "Talk Franklin" conversation with Town Administrator Jamie Hellen. We had our conversation via conference bridge.  

Topics for this session

  • 9/11 thoughts

  • Recap of Council meeting

  • Drought & water status

  • Work underway or pending 

  • Economic Development Cmte, 9/21 at 6 PM

The conversation runs about 26 minutes. Let’s listen to my conversation with Jamie. Audio file ->


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Town Administrator Jamie Hellen and I get to "Talk Franklin" - 09/09/22 (audio)
Town Administrator Jamie Hellen and I get to "Talk Franklin" - 09/09/22 (audio)

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Dan Rather: 9/11

21 years later  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌
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Dan Rather: 9/11


21 years later

Photo: Yongyuan Dai
Photo: Yongyuan Dai
21 years.    
 We tend to mark major anniversaries. But why should this year be less important?   It isn't.    
And yet I wonder: Is this still a day that stops us in our tracks?     
We will never forget where we were when we heard, when we saw, when we cried.     
But so much has passed between then and now.     
9/11 changed our nation forever.           
But so too have events that followed.                  
History marches in only one direction — forward — in lockstep with our lives.     Still, I am drawn back. I know that it will be so for as long as I am here.    
 That bright, sunny morning — a postcard of a New York day that turned hopelessly dark.     
I smell the smoke.         I hear the screams.              
I see the faces of the perpetually missing in walls of photographs.                    
I touch the void.     I think of the mistakes that preceded 9/11.                                                                       
And the mistakes that followed.    I think of our national goodwill           and how it was squandered.                   
I wonder at a unity                        that has dissipated to acrimony.     
I mourn for those who died that day.         And those who perished in the wars that followed.               
One of which was a misguided war of choice. The folly of Iraq still haunts us.     What if?         What if?               What if?                     
The questions accumulate. We ask despite knowing there are no answers.     
Fate can be cruel. And on that day the cruelty left us all altered.    
I think especially of those who lost friends and loved ones.        
The personal emptiness they have had to face is greater than our collective grief.               
Let us never forget that.     For the rest of us, we lost a sense of invulnerability.         How could our mighty nation be thus attacked?     
Today the vulnerability of terrorism remains.     But it is crowded with a long list of others.     
Our country is precarious.         We feel exposed.               At risk.     And it is not only for us as individuals.         
Our national freedoms,               Our constitutional rights,                     Our public health,                          and the very mechanisms of democratic governance are under threat.                                  
We yearn for stability                                     knowing it will be ever elusive.     But strength and resilience are possible.         We saw that then.             And we can see it now.     
For those of us who were lucky enough to emerge from the tragedy, steady we must be.     Steady.         Steady.               Steady.     
To carry on the memory of those who perished                                                               into the challenges ahead.    
 On the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, I recorded some remembrances of that day for a special program on my newsmagazine "Dan Rather Reports." I share a few selections here. The memories are as fresh now as they were then.     

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Friday, September 2, 2022

9/11 Remembrance Scheduled for Friday, Sep 9 at Franklin Senior Center

The Senior Center along with the @franklinpolice  and @FranklinMAfire  departments will have a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony next Friday September 9 at 9:00 AM at the Senior Center.  
All are welcome to join to remember and honor our heroes of 9/11 #wewillneverforget.

Shared from Twitter ->

9/11 Remembrance Scheduled for Friday, Sep 9 at Franklin Senior Center
9/11 Remembrance Scheduled for Friday, Sep 9 at Franklin Senior Center

Sunday, September 12, 2021

George W. Bush: “It is our continuing duty to confront them” (video)

"Few Americans expected wisdom from former president George W. Bush on the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Even fewer expected wisdom on the current state of our politics. That is nevertheless what we got from his remarks in Shanksville, Pa., today.

In perhaps the most important words spoken in his political career, Bush in his remarks at the crash site of United Airlines Flight 93 drew a straight line between the 9/11 terrorists and the 1/6 terrorists. “We have seen growing evidence that the dangers to our country can come not only across borders but from violence that gathers within,” he said. “There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home. But in their disdain for pluralism, in their disregard for human life, in their determination to defile national symbols, they are children of the same foul spirit." He added, "It is our continuing duty to confront them.” Bush’s words were an indictment not only of the violent MAGA insurrectionists but also, implicitly, of his party that coddles them and the leader whom the 1/6 terrorists wanted to install by force."
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Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Franklin Historical Museum: Never Forget September 11, 2001 - A personal reflection

The Franklin Historical Museum is honored to welcome Franklin native, Paul Faenza as presenter in our Second Sunday Speaker Series, Sunday September 12 @ 1:15pm.

Everyone old enough to remember, can recall where they were when they heard about the events of September 11th, 2001. Retired NYPD Sergeant Paul Faenza shares his memories of that day and the days that followed in a one-hour power point presentation. As a member of the New York City Police Department, he responded to the scene immediately after the buildings collapsed and remained at Ground Zero for two weeks. 

He details that morning from a personal to a professional level and beyond. From wading through knee high dust to witnessing the collapse of Building 7; searching buildings, digging on the pile, and participating in an honor guard at the temporary morgue. This is not a history lesson, nor a political discussion, it only serves to provide a sense of what occurred that day in New York City from a First Responders point of view.

The purpose of Paul’s presentation is to ensure that people remember the events that occurred on this day twenty years ago. It also serves to remind us of the hundreds who have died or are sick from exposure at Ground Zero.  Please consider a donation to . Their mission is to provide financial assistance and a network of support to the families of New York City Police Officers, Firefighters, Port Authority Police, and EMS Personnel who have been killed in the line of duty.

Please join us on this 20th anniversary weekend the 9/11 attacks for Paul’s first-hand account.

In October we welcome author Steve Puleo who will discuss his latest book Voyage of Mercy. A truly remarkable story about America’s first humanitarian mission.

The museum is open Thursday evenings 5pm-7pm; Saturdays 10am-1pm and Sundays 1pm-4pm. Visit our giftshop for fun and unique Franklin gift items. We are wheelchair accessible and admission is always free. Franklin Historical Museum, 80 West Central Street. 


Franklin Historical Museum: Never Forget September 11, 2001 - A personal reflection
Franklin Historical Museum: Never Forget September 11, 2001 - A personal reflection