September 11, 2002
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 September 11 Remembered
The Gettysburg Address
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war.

We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground.

The brave men, living and dead who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.

It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us--that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion

--that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.

  Current Events/Military OpinionPeople gather to observe the World Trade Center Memorial American Flag Quilt, designed by Cub Scout Pack 233 from Westbury, Long Island
People gather to observe the World Trade Center Memorial Flag Quilt, at the Nassau County Memorial Candlelight Ceremony in East Meadow, New York (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

 

127 died on the 2 planes that hit the world trade center

184 died at the Pentagon

59 died on the plane that hit the Pentagon

40 died in Pennyslvania
  NY Times Portraits of Grief
 Stuart T. Meltzer  When the phone rang in the middle of the baseball game, Larry Meltzer almost always knew who it was. "Did you see that? I can't believe that pitch, said the familar voice of his younger brother, Stuart Todd Meltzer.

Then came the click. "There was no hello, no good bye, nothing" Larry Meltzer said of his frequent conversations with his brother, a 32 year old energy broker at Cantor Fitgerald.

"We didn't need those things. We would talk five times a day easy"

Larry and Stuart Meltzer always talked about sports. It was what they lived for-the season tickets to the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox never went unused as long as they had time for the 5a.m. drive to Boston, the tailgates parties, the game, then the long drive back to the city.

Until Stuart Meltzer's eldest son, Jacob was born four years ago, that is. The boy replaced baseball as Stuart's first love. Larry would have to start finding someone else to go to the games with him. "I'd say,'Come on, man, let's go to the game,'" Larry said.

But he'd say, 'Nah, I've got to spend time with Jake. When you have kids you'll understand.'

"I think I understand now"

2,819 lost at the World Trade Center. (233 killed at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania)

The attack on the world trade center was the bloodiest in United States history, behind the battle of Antietam in the Civil War.

 
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