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9:03 a.m. … 9/11: South Tower hit

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9:03 a.m. New Yorkers and television viewers nationwide watched in horror as a second plane hit the south tower of the World Trade Center. LynnRMitchell.com remembers 9/11 … may we never forget.

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8:46 a.m. … 9/11: North Tower hit

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8:46 a.m. The North Tower of the Twin Trade Center was hit by American Airlines Flight 11 at 8:46 a.m. after pilots and crew members had been overpowered by terrorists. It began the worst attack ever on American soil, a day that would continue to see terrorists strike our nation three more times as the morning unfolded. LynnRMitchell.com remembers 9/11 … may we never forget!

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Remembering: My 9/11 experience

American flags fly every 9/11 in front of our house.

By Lynn R. Mitchell

The tragic events of 9/11 were life-changing for millions, and I was no exception. Life became more urgent after the events of that day, and the years since have been spent helping those who would protect this country. Even now, fourteen years later, I am easily overcome with emotion.

When the White House was evacuated on that fateful day, my sister, a member of President George W. Bush’s communications team, was among those working for the president who removed their shoes and ran for their lives as United Flight 93 approached the nation’s capital.

My husband and I were vacationing in Colonial Williamsburg with our two teenage children and had just arrived in the colonial area, freshly-purchased annual passes in hand, when a Colonial interpreter told us of the World Trade Center attacks. I immediately stepped aside to call my mom in Richmond to see if she had heard from my sister in D.C. Amazingly, perhaps because her Austin cell phone was still routing through Texas, my sister was able to call and reassure our mom that she was okay even as tens of thousands of others encountered jammed phone lines.

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George W. Bush, 9/11, ‘First Pitch’ on ESPN’s ’30 for 30′

George W. Bush 54 baseball pitchBy Lynn R. Mitchell

George W. Bush said nothing to the crowd the night he took the mound at Yankee Stadium, only a few miles from where he had shouted through a bullhorn to people digging through the wreckage of the World Trade Center less than two months earlier.

Wearing a bulletproof vest, the president flashed a thumbs-up to the crowd, then threw a perfect strike before Game 3 of the 2001 World Series between the New York Yankees and the Arizona Diamondbacks. It was a signal to the country that the healing could begin.

“It was so moving, so powerful, that it lifted our nation,” sportscaster Jim Gray said Sunday night at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. “What President Bush told us without uttering a single word, was that we could once again attempt to carry on our lives. … What an amazing symbol it was.”

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Newly released White House photos from 9/11

George W. Bush 52 of 9-11(Left to right) Chief of Staff Andy Card, President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney. National Security Advisor Dr. Condi Rice has her back to the camera.

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By Lynn R. Mitchell

Newly released photos of reactions from President George W. Bush’s administration in the White House on September 11, 2001. These are compelling pictures and yet another reminder that we must never forget.

Photos from the White House taken by the Vice President’s photographer

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Wake up, GOP!

Libertarian Party logo 2By Lynn R. Mitchell

I am a Republican, not a Libertarian, something I’ve noted even before Libertarians began their stealth takeover of the Republican Party. Like a wolf in sheep’s clothing, they joined GOP ranks and took over leadership positions because, unable to make anything of their own Libertarian Party, they chose a hostile takeover of the GOP, harnessing tea party voters while purging long-time GOP volunteers and leaders, all part of the reason for a string of losses that have occurred in recent years.

Keep in mind that my number one issue is national security. Without it, nothing else is possible in America. The terrorist attacks of 9/11 were not some bad dream but a reality that killed more people than the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. You can kiss a strong national defense good-bye if Libertarians are in charge.

Wake up, GOP!

The Republican Security Council’s exposé on Libertarian Matt Kibbe of the Libertarian FreedomWorks group is a must-read for all Republicans. If you didn’t know what was going on before, this will open your eyes. Kibbe opposed and would not endorse the 2012 GOP candidate Mitt Romney. He and his group of Libertarians undermine Republicans instead of going after Democrats. He had a falling-out with Senator Dick Armey who worked closely beside him before realizing Kibbe was undermining the GOP.

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Easter Egg Roll at the White House 2002

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Easter 2002 White HouseEaster 2002 … the White House Egg Roll hosted by President George W. Bush and First lady Laura Bush. One of my sisters worked in the President’s administration so my mother, other sister, the two six-year-old nieces, my 14-year-old daughter were guests for an extraordinary day, the first Egg Roll after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Security was tight but there was a light-hearted atmosphere as children raced around the lawn, and special attractions invited by the White House entertained including animal specialist Jack Hanna. Commemorative wooden pastel-colored Easter eggs inscribed with the event and date were given to all.

Since 1878, every U.S. President has hosted this family friendly tradition. It was a special day that we have not forgotten….

Photo courtesy of George W. Bush Presidential Library

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Leadership in the face of 9/11 terrorism attacks on America

By Lynn R. Mitchell

A president who had barely taken office was faced with the worst attack ever on American soil, and he rose to the occasion. It can never be said enough … we cannot forget the terrorism attacks of 9/11 and the 3,000 innocent souls who perished that day. I hope those who were too young to be impacted by the events of that day will listen to those who were there. I hope they are taught the leadership that followed from a wartime president.

Spontaneous chants roared from the crowd of rescue workers on September 14, 2001, three days after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, as President George W. Bush stood at Ground Zero and, with bullhorn in hand, said the words that were heard around the world:

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Pearl Harbor and 9/11 … have we forgotten?

Pearl Harbor 1By Lynn R. Mitchell

Today is December 7th … Pearl Harbor Day.

December 7, 1941 … 73 years ago America suffered the worst attack ever on our soil at the hands of the Japanese who conducted a sneak attack on our Naval base in Hawaii. It was, in the words of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, “a date which will live in infamy.”

Or so we thought.

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The optimism of America after 9/11

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This morning Donald Williams, who was a guest poster yesterday on LynnRMitchell.com (see 9/11: Never forget America under attack, those who perished, and the heroes of the day), posted on Facebook the optimism of America after the terrorism attacks of 9/11:

“….on the Twelfth of September, this photograph and these words always mean so much as we remember yesterday and look toward the future of our nation…….

‘We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail’ – President George W. Bush”

Yesterday we remembered. Now we must never forget.

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ICYMI: 13th anniversary of 9/11 remembered at LynnRMitchell.com

9-11 10By Lynn R. Mitchell

At LynnRMitchell.com, we dedicated all of Thursday to the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorism attacks of 2001. From guest posts to a timeline of the tragic events of that day, it is a continuation of an annual remembrance that affected millions of people. Here are the links to all 15 posts.

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8:30 p.m. … 9/11: President Bush addresses the nation

President George W. Bush addressed the Nation from the Oval Office. Excerpts of his remarks from the video:

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A military mom reflects on the anniversary of 9/11

Vonda LaceyBy Vonda Lacey

Blue, clouded skies today. September 11, 2001, was clear, blue skies and the eerie thing was the lack of airplane contrails. This day changed my world, as it did your’s! But little did I know or realize the impact of that change.

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9/11 remembered at University of Virginia

UVa 9-11 memorialThe University of Virginia posted this photo on Facebook and noted, “A look at the Lawn this morning, on the 13th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. Student organizations are co-hosting a memorial event this evening.”

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9/11: Never forget America under attack, those who perished, and the heroes of that day

Donald Williams 3By Donald C. Williams

I cannot remember what the weather was like on a single other day 13 years ago. But I remember it on this day. It was warm and the sunny sky was a deep blue. Like all of you, I remember exactly where I was that morning … what I was doing.

Then it happened. And like you, I saw the first glimpses of America under attack. The horrific images are seared in our memories.

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