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Ten years later

There are many stories floating around about 9/11/01, everyone is sharing where they were that day 10 years ago. But what story really matters? Yours, mine, the firefighters, the police officers?

No ones story matters more than our own. What we experienced on that day.

I was a high school senior, and was in the school library when the first plane hit. I was unaware of what was going on until I got to 3rd period (we had block scheduling) AP English. I walked into the room, in time to see the second plane hit the tower. We watched intently, in silence. Our teacher turned the tv off and looking back, I’m not sure that was the wrong decision to make. The teacher in the room next door came over and told our teacher that she needed to turn the tv back on because one ofnthe towers had just collapsed.

Our teacher reluctantly turned it back on and we watched the other tower fall in silence. As the day progressed, the school became more and more quiet. We walked to our classes, there was minimal talking in the halls and even lunch was quiet.

When the final bell rang that school day, no one ran for the doors. It was like we all wanted to stay together, because for the rest of our lives, whe we think about that day, we will remember who we experienced it with.

In the days to come we would learn that our school libraian who was on Capital Hill giving a presentation was evacuated with the Congressmen fleeing the Capital Building, our 10th grade English teacher’s brother wasn’t at his desk at the Pentagon when the plane hit and Flight 93 had flown directly over us before and after making it’s U-turn back towards the coast.

I have had many individuals in my life since who have been in the Armed Forces…each of them thankfully have come back safely. As two more of them are set to leave again soon, I pray for their safety and safe return to their friends and families.

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Royal Wedding

Loved it!!

What was your favorite part?

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The Conspirator Movie Review

I loved the movie! I would give it 4 out of 5 stars.

To me it showed more of the human side of the assassination than any book that I have read. It didn’t just focus on John Wilkes Booth and the race to find him. It didn’t focus on making him the only traitor in the story. It focused on the other individuals who chose to work with him and his plot to kill President Lincoln.

It was very interesting to see the way Mary Surratt was portrayed. Not as the boarding house owner that knowingly housed Booth and the others prior to the assassination attempts, but as a woman who was completely in the dark about what was happening under her own roof and with her own son (who by the way, got away with being a member of the group and let his mother hang in his stead).

To me the beginning of the movie was very gripping, I mean really, when you lead off with the assassination, it is hard to top that. The end was just as gripping, with the public hanging and then the reappearance of John Surratt.

The hanging was difficult to watch, but I think Redford missed some of the historical parts associated with the hanging. In the movie, all of the conspirators seem to die instantly, like you are supposed to when you are hung. That is not quite what happened. One of the conspirators kicked and moved until the hood covering his face was thrown off.

I understand why Redford or the studio waited to release it on the date they did (the 146th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination, but for the actors involved, I think it ruined their chances of getting recognition for their efforts in bringing these characters to life.

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The Conspirator

Did anyone go see this movie over the weekend? What were your thoughts?

Check back tomorrow for mine!

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February 8th

1693 – The College of William and Mary, second oldest college in the United States is chartered.

1870- The Fifteenth Amendment, guarenteeing voting rights regardless of race is ratified.

1910- The Boy Scouts of America is founded in Washington, D.C..

1922- President Warren G. Harding has a radio installed in the White House.

1971-The  NASDAQ, the world’s first electronic stock market, begins operation.

1978- Senate debates are broadcast on radio for the first time.

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February 4

1789- The Electoral College choose George Washington as the First President of the United States

1826- The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper is published

1861 – Six Southern states form the Confederate States of America

1932- The first Winter Olympics in the United States open in Lake Placid, New York

1945- FDR, Churchill and Stalin meet at Yalta in the Crimea to discuss the post- WW II world.

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February 1

On this date in history….

1790 – The United States Supreme Court convenes for the first time in New York City

1861- Texas secedes from the Union

1893- Thomas Edison completes the world’s first movie studio in West Orange, New York

1960- Four black college students began a sit-in protest at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, where they’d been refused service

2003- The space shuttle Columbia disintegrates during reentry, killing all seven crew members on board.

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