KIK-FM and Cool 94.3 have partnered with local organizations and a local non profit, Life GR, to not only remember but raise awareness for those who are struggling with the adverse affects from being exposed to trauma while serving the military, veterans and first responders. Help support our heroes!
Listen weekly on Fridays during Kris and Chelsea in the Morning, as we interview the journey of Life GR’s Founder, Jesse Johnson-Brower. He is a veteran who was serving at the Pentagon when it was attacked, and has dedicated the last 5 years of his life to help those who have experienced trauma. For the 20th Anniversary he raising funds by walking from ground zero in New York for 30 days and will complete his 454 mile walk at the Pentagon. You can follow his journey on facebook as well!
Friday, September 10th: LUNCH FOR HEROES We’ll be having a live broadcast in tribute to that fateful day. Please share with us! Do you remember where you were when those towers fell?
Saturday, September 11th: 9/11 20th Anniversary Ceremony Join us at the field of flags next to 3M in Alexandria on September 11th at 8:30 am to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
Have you forgotten? Nearly 20 years ago, America was running it’s course and day to day business. “I’m Already There” by Lonestar topped the billboard charts. The Hallmark Channel was branded. The movie Shrek was release and a major box office hit. Gas was only $1.46 a gallon and you could land a new home for less than $150,000. A big bill was signed to work on Climate Control. Things seemed to be business as usual.
Then, on the morning of September 11th, 2001, the world seemed to stand still. Some kissed their spouses for the last time as they headed off to work, others boarded a plane, eager to be home after a long trip. 19 men had very different plans for that day, a day we’ll never forget.
They were militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al Qaeda, who hijacked four airplanes and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Almost 3,000 people were killed, and former President Bush launched a war known as Operation Freedom. A war that, up until a few days ago, lasted two decades.
Those 102 minutes from the time the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center Towers, to the last plane that crashed into the Pentagon, changed history forever. America was bewildered, stunned, speechless. At first thinking this a tragic accident when the first plane hit at 8:45 am. Then the next plane, before reporters could even get their initial sentences out, 18 minutes later crashed into the second tower. Millions were stunned watching it all unfold, live on TV. Then an hour later, a third plane circled the Pentagon like a shark in bloody water, before it too crashed into the building. We were under attack. A plot devised by a man named Osama Bin Laden, shook the world.
We remember. A total of 2,751 victims were confirmed to have died in the initial attacks. Those effected by the dust, traumatic injuries, and other health complications related to this incident raises the death toll to 2,996.
We remember. Heroic first responders, medics, police officers, EMT’s rushed to the horrific scene and responded despite the fear and terror.
We remember. 2.8 million service members have been to the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001, and over half of them have deployed more than once.
We remember. The families, friends, colleagues, neighbors who lost the ones they loved.
We remember. The unity of our country in the face of such a monstrosity, the love and generosity and compassion from around the world in response to such hate.
We remember. Freedom isn’t free, life is precious, and we are stronger together.
Donate to Life GR. Share your story. Join us September 10th and 11th!