Where were you on September 11 2001?

September 11 2001 is a day that changed everything, not just in the United States of America but in the entire world. The Twin Towers attack on 9-11-2001, followed by the Pentagon and United 93 is something we must NEVER FORGET!

World Trade Center Landmark Bead
World Trade Center Twin Towers Landmark Bead

Where were you on September 11 2001?

I was working at Creative Catalog Concepts, a publishing company in Orange City, Florida. I was on the phone with Bobby Susser from New Hope Records, discussing a custom job we were doing for him.

As I sat there on the phone, one of our Graphic Artists went into our “Break Area” and turned on the TV. I could see this from my desk and thought it was unusual since it was so early in the day.

Then several other employees gathered and sounded alarmed so I asked Bobby to hold while I went to see what happened. The first plane, American Airlines Flight 11, had crashed into the North Tower.

I got back on the phone with Bobby and told him what had happened and we ended the call. Then I stood there with the others and we watched in horror as the second plane, United Airlines Flight 175, crashed into the South Tower on live TV. Stunned and shocked we could not believe our eyes, panic was setting in as we knew that this was not an accident.

Shortly after that I called my husband, who works for an airline, and that was when he told me of the unprecedented grounding of all flights in the United States of America!

Then we heard about the other two flights – American Airlines Flight 77 and United 93. The knowledge that this was an attack on the USA was prevalent in our minds and we all could not believe this was happening!!

The rest of the day was spent not doing a whole lot of anything except crying, watching the news and wondering what was next. No one wanted to work, the whole day was surreal and the skies were eerily silent.

Always remember 9/11

I will never forget what happened on September 11th. My heart still aches for those who perished, those who lost loved ones and the brave Americans who dealt with this in their personal lives.

Each story, each thought and memory of the 9/11 attacks will keep those who perished and those who suffered alive in our hearts and minds.

Please share your story and NEVER FORGET September 11 2001!

The Liberty Bell: an important symbol of freedom

The Liberty Bell, with its distinctive crack, has long been one of the important symbols of freedom and liberty in the United States.

This 4th of July, imagine the tolling of the bell to proclaim liberty through the land! Listen to hear what it might have sounded like!

Liberty Bell Landmark bead

This highly detailed sterling silver Landmark bead is a perfect souvenir and addition to Patriotic or travel theme European bead bracelets for women.

the liberty bell
The Liberty Bell, sterling silver Landmark bead

This extraordinary and highly detailed bead has a large smooth hole and is compatible with all European charm bead bracelets including Chamilia, Troll and PANDORA bracelets.

Be sure to check out all of the other Landmark beads, they make really unique gift ideas for women!

About the bell

The bell is located in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the Liberty Bell Center and it is one of the major attractions along with many other National Historic Landmarks.

The crack was not always there, but was noticed sometime in the early 19th century. There are several stories about how and why the crack formed, and it was recast and repaired until a second crack developed. That is when the bell was silenced.

This iconic symbol of the American spirit of freedom has been used for many purposes over the years and was even on tour throughout the country in earlier years.

Now the Liberty Bell rests, but it will always remain a symbol of liberty for everyone in our country!

Where is your American Spirit?

On this Memorial Day I want to ask everyone to show their American Spirit. I have heard different opinions about how patriotism isn’t as strong as it once was.

My own children were taught to think that the United States of America is a bully, going around the world taking over and getting involved in everyone’s business. They weren’t taught the reason why.

Red, White and Blue Earrings
Red, White and Blue Earrings

What is the American Spirit?

Simply put: to be free

Many people around the world would love to be free of oppressive governments and dictators. Over the past 240 years we have developed a great military with which to defend ourselves and help those who seek freedom.

But freedom comes at a price. Brave men and women have paid that price with their lives.

As we remember and honor those who have fallen and lost their lives serving the USA, please pay particular attention to the importance of not letting that fade from your memory.

Tatue of Liberty Bead
Statue of Liberty Landmark Bead

How do you show your American Spirit?

What are the symbols of the American Spirit of Freedom? There are many, and can be incorporated into any fashion:

  • The colors red, white and blue
  • Stars
  • Display the flag
  • Lady Liberty
  • The Liberty Bell
  • The Eagle

On this Memorial Day I will show my spirit and be somber, in honor of those we lost and in contemplation of the loss of more lives defending our flag and our right to be free people.

Whether you lean to the left, lean to the right or just stand straight, please remember that brave soldiers lost their lives so that you could stand wherever you want.

Make an extra effort to be proud of our country.

Pay respect to the souls of brave men and women who died protecting our flag, our country and our freedom.