|Remembering September 11th, 2001 and
the start of the NFL season...
The irony of last week's blog about our annual WOUNDED WARRIORS HIT THE BEACH, to my involvement with the annual September 11th GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM observance has not been lost on me.
In fact, it does not take too much of an imagination to see, that some of those men and women who were wounded in this Global War On Terrorism (GWOT), could have easily ended up as another name engraved on our monument. Looking at those smiling faces last week, I would let my mind drift to this next event. And I would get a lump in my throat.
As of today, we have 62 names on our monument. That is 62 names of brave Americans from the state of New Hampshire who have lost their lives in the GWOT since September 11th, 2001. That's 62 souls who are no longer with us. That's 62 families who's lives were changed forever. That's hundreds of friends who were touched by
the lives lost since 9-11. That's a staggering figure.
This year we are adding five new names.
No one who was around on that bright shining day will ever forget where they were and what they were doing when the first planes hit the WTC in NYC. And I mean no one. Young or old. It was and will be for those of us who were old enough to remember, a day that will be etched in our minds for the rest of our lives.
Most of the surfers who live here in New England, were either at the beach, or heading to the beach. Or, if you were working, you were clearly thinking about the beach, and the surf you would be missing.
Because the surf that day was amazing. Hurricane ERIN was producing some perfect overhead surf for those of us who could surf that day. I mean it was perfect. Not a cloud in the sky. Just a perfect day all around. Then this happened.
And in a moment, all of our lives changed forever.
Even the kids who were not born yet. Our lives all changed from that day forward. Suddenly surfing didn't seem to matter much. We were all in shock that day. I have a video clip that I post each year and I will post it again this year because, I still think it's important to remember.
In fact, it's important that each and every one of us take a moment to remember and reflect on that day, and the days that followed.
I remember this guy. Bob Hayes.
Bob was a surfer with a beautiful wife, and two beautiful sons. He used to surf here with all of us. Bob was the first person to buy one of my surf videos. The very first. In 1999. I never forgot that. Mostly because, he was not even in the video. He just wanted to buy it because it was all local NH footage.
I'm sure that Bob looked out the window on Flt 11 that morning, flying out of Boston's Logan Airport and saw the perfect surf hitting the coastline. My only hope for Bob was, that he was happy for his friends who were surfing the good waves from ERIN. Bob was heading to Los Angles for work. I'm sure he was thinking that he might get a surf in before, or after, his business appointments.
Why wouldn't he? He was a surfer.
Another local surf connection was this guy. Tommy Pecorelli was the brother of local surfer Angela Veltsos and the uncle of Jared Veltsos. Tommy was on Flt 11 with Bob Hayes on 9-11.
Again, it's important to remember those who died that day, and those who died in the years that followed, fighting in the GWOT that all started on 9-11-01.
I remember it all, and I remember going surfing with my friends later that night, and the next day, as we all silently said prayers for all of those who were affected by the terrible events of that day. And the days after. It was like a long never ending nightmare. 12 years ago.
Once again..."Surfing heals all wounds.”
The NFL started this week. Thank God. Not for nothing but I've never been much of a Baseball fan. I mean, I'm into it when the Sox make it into the Play-offs. I can watch the play-offs. But the regular season? Snore. I admit. I'm a fair weather fan. Don't hate me. I admit it. And I certainly don't have anything against those of you who eat, sleep, and drink baseball. It's just not for me. I like Football and I like hockey. That's it.
And my fave sport of all started this week. The NFL.
It was hard watching Peyton Manning throw the football to Wes Welka. Very hard. Especially when Wes caught his first TD pass from Peyton. I'm sure there will be many more coming. Ugh. And with our two Tight Ends from last year out of the picture, this year will be hard for us fans.
I just finished watching the season opener against Buffalo and man that was hard to watch as well. Rookies are rookies and we got ourselves some serious rookies who act like rookies.
Though, I must admit that number 80 Danny Amendola was impressive today as was Julian Endelman. And running Shane Vereen helped save this from being one of the most embarrassing games ever. We won it with 9 seconds left on the game clock.
This game should of been a blow out. It really should have.
This coming September 11th, 2013 local veteran's Post 35 in Hampton will be adding 5 new names to their GWOT monument. With all the hoopla in Syria these past few weeks, it's important to remember, and acknowledge the fallen from the state of NH who have given their lives for our very freedom since 9-11-01.
Now for Some Of My Weekly Global Observances:
OK so the big news this week continues to be Syria. Are we going to get the blessing needed to go in there and lob a few $2million dollar cruise missiles? President Obama is working his best mojo to go to War with Syria.
Having seen both the awful images of the gas victims in Syria and the awful images of the rebels killing Syrian soldiers is really a dilemma for me personally.
This is clearly a dammed if you do and dammed if you don't.
The question remains. Are the Rebels that we would be helping, have any ties with Al Qaida? If they do? We should not bomb Syria. Especially with 9/11 coming up in a few days.
And yes, I'm talking about the same Al Qaida that attacked the US on 9-11. Getting us involved in yet another war in the Middle East, just seems
like a bad idea. Am I wrong people?
Let Syria and Al Qeada work out their own problems.
These are the Fallen from New Hampshire. A majority of these men were killed by Al Qeada. A few of these guys were surfers. Think about that. Surfers! We don't want to help the Terrorists who killed these brave Americans.
Again, this is not a joke this week. KSM is an evil son of a bitch who was the mastermind behind September 11th, 2001. The GREAT news is he is still rotting away in a cell at GITMO on yet another anniversary of 9-11. His boss Osama Bin Laden is still dead and America is still strong. You did not break us asshole. You did not win. We won.
As always, let's take a minute and enjoy the weekly humiliation of the mastermind terrorist who killed 3,000 innocent civilians on September 11th, 2001.
Note to self. Must pick up some tick and bug spray
at Home Depot.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jaiden Ciarmataro September 4th, 2013!
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