Remembrance…this Patriots Day…


On this day of days, with the entire world remembering what happened, exactly 18 years ago, in New York, DC, and Pennsylvania, I’m sure most of you recall your feelings and sadness of that day.

I didn’t lose anyone personally, but I did have many friends who were responders and helped in the recovery process, or immediate aftermath, such as the Pentagon.

I wasn’t awake at the moment these events started, because I was the closing manager at the McDonalds I was working at at that time, getting home around 2am.

My boss called me, to ask me if I was seeing this unfold, and when I told him I was asleep, he said, “you must be the last person on the face of the planet to know this is happening!”.

Needless to say, I was wide awake in an instant, flicked the TV on, and caught the towers falling. Oh my God.

My heart stopped, realizing that tens of thousands may be dead at that point, before the numbers were actually corrected later.

It was then that I knew what I was doing with my SurvivalRing website was more important than ever, sharing life saving information on all areas of government survival and preparedness, the site having come to life four years earlier.

Here we are nearly 23 years later with SurvivalRing and it’s associated websites, and while we’ve had our ups and downs, our hacks and rebuilds, and a forever changing background of economy, politics, and natural and man made disasters, it’s never been more prudent and needed to help one another, in every area of our mutual lives.

That’s the one positive takeaway from 9/11…we came together as a nation of Americans, supporting one another, the nation, and our place in the world.

No matter what current history is taught in our schools, or main stream media, those of us alive ON THAT DAY know the truth and reality of what happened.

Forget the conspiracy theory, alternative reality, or deniers and their egos…the bullshit.

Remember those we lost, those we’re still losing to 9/11 illnesses, and those men and women who fight (and fought) for us, and say a silent prayer for all of them, and give thanks that such brave and noble people ever lived, and in many cases, died…for the ideas of freedom and liberty for their fellow countrymen.

This nation still has issues with so many social and financial striations, racial and political divides, and ignorant and divisive actors, that we are in a very vulnerable place…especially when it speaks to unity, citizenship, and one voice.

You, and you alone, are the person that can make the difference in keeping real history valid and true…turning up the signal, and turning down the noise.

Never forget what happened on this day, in this nation, to US.

Use your voice for goodness, truth, and honesty…in everything you do.

Be the change…in our mutual history.

We…are one. We always will be.


Updated: September 11, 2019 — 10:35 pm

The Author

Rich Fleetwood

Rich is the founder of SurvivalRing, now in it's 24th year, author of multimedia CDs and DVDs, loves the outdoors, his family, his geeky skill-set, and lives in rural southern Wyoming, just below the continental divide (long story, that...). Always ready to help others, he shares what he learns on multiple blogs, many social sites, and more. With a background in preparedness and survival skills, training with county, state, and national organizations, and skills in all areas of media and on air experience in live radio and television, Rich is always thinking about the "big picture", when it comes to helping individuals and families prepare for life's little surprises.

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