We won’t back down

Few folks cannot recall where they were on that fateful morning (est) of September 11th, 2001.

It was an afternoon for me outside London when a BBC radio announcer stated, “the skyline of Manhattan is changed forever.”  Chilling to hear that wide open declaration for sure!

Today’s WS Journal had a full-page request for all American politicians to remember the unity and common cause – for our great experiment – as we mustered in those hours and days after 9/11.  From many – One.

I remember too many heroic efforts – including the iconic BC guy in a Red Bandana – Welles Crowther.  As President Obama shared at the dedication of the extraordinary National 9/11 Memorial in 2014,

“They didn’t know his name. They didn’t know where he came from. But they knew their lives had been saved by the man in the red bandana.”  Perhaps eighteen souls saved.  Wow.

May America always find selfless ladies and men as its first responders and selfless heroes.

Do visit the National 9/11 Memorial, again and again.

I’ll listen to these tribute tunes today as I sweat and celebrate a great country.  Not a perfect union. Yet I’d rather live, work and play in our USA than anywhere else.

  • “Where Were You? (When The World Stopped Turning)” Alan Jackson. …
  • “Empire State Of Mind” Jay Z feat. Alicia Keys. …
  • “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue (The Angry American)” Toby Keith. Lyric: “Now this nation that I love is fallin’ under attack. …
  • “Have You Forgotten?” Darryl Worley. …
  • “Undivided” Bon Jovi.

And I’ll add a workout favorite – “I Won’t Back Down.”


Be well and stand your ground!



About defpersonaltrainer

Elite Masters rower, Master Fitness trainer, a Baby KaBoomer whom advocates wellness through toe-to-temple activities like a sport well-oared.
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