Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Remembering 9/11 - Let Freedom Ring

Freedom guarantees that we all have a HEA. 

September 11, 1297 – Battle of Stirling Bridge

William Wallace led Scottish patriots to defeat the English Calvary during the War of Scottish Independence.

"We come here … to set our country free."

700 years later, on September 11, 1997, Scottish voters overwhelming approved a referendum to create an independent Scottish Parliament, the first step to fulfilling William Wallace's dream of a free Scotland. 

Sterling Bridge
Image by David Meisner
Released to Public Domain

September 11, 1709 – Battle of Malplaquet

John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough, led the Allied Forces to defeat the French Army during the War of Spanish Succession. Six generations later, Marlborough’s nephew would rally the English people in their darkest hour - the Battle of Britain.

"We shall never surrender."

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Aircraft spotter in London
National Archives and Records Administration
Released to Public Domain

September 11, 1814 – Bombardment of Baltimore 

After burning Washington DC, the British fleet sailed into the Baltimore Harbor. Two days later, the British bombarded the city, inspiring Frances Scott Key to write a poem about Old Glory flying over Fort McHenry:

“Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

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Flag flown over Fort McHenry
Public Domain

September 11, 1814 – Battle of Plattsburg

Navy Commander Thomas MacDonough repelled the British forces from Lake Champlain, securing the US’s northern border during the War of 1812.

"Impressed seamen call on every man to do his duty."

Naval battle on Lake Champlain.
Engraving in 1816 by B. Tanner
Public Domain

September 11, 1941 – The Army breaks ground to build the Pentagon.

September 11, 2001 – Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon.

September 11, 2008 – President Bush unveiled the Pentagon Memorial.

"America will never run … and we will always be grateful that liberty has found such brave defenders."

In memory of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and during the global war on terror.

In appreciation of the Americans and our allies, military and civilians, who tireless work to defend our democracy.

We are indebted to you for the freedom you give us.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

(edited from my original post on September 11, 2010)


  1. God Bless all our servicemen and women who sacrifice each and every day for our freedoms. Thank you, Kim, for reminding us of the importance of September 11th throughout history.

  2. Hear!! Hear!!

    A wonderful post thank you.

    My Father served alongside Americans during WWII.

  3. Excellent post. You said it so eloquently.

  4. Beautiful post. God love and bless all of our servicemen and women both current, past and future. We appreciate all that you do in keeping us free.

  5. Wonderful post, but isn't it somehow to see how much happened on 9/11 during the centuries.

  6. Thanking you and your family for your service.

  7. Thank you to all the people who work so hard to keep everyone safe.

  8. What a very touching, and moving post. A tragic day in history, that we will never forget. Thank you for your husband's and all the other men and women who lay their lives on the line daily.

  9. Outstanding pictures and a moment in history we will never forget.

  10. Beautifully worded Kim. Thank you and thank you and your family for your service as well. God Bless our Troops, our Heroes.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  11. Thank you for a wonderful post. There were a lot of heroes on that day.

  12. My cousin saw the twin beams of light at Ground Zero when he was driving home last night.

  13. A thank you to all who serve. Beautiful post Kim.

  14. That was a wonderful post, Kim!
    I am truly thankful for all who serve the people, whether it be military, fire dept, paramedics, drs, etc.
    It takes a lot for a person to sacrifice themselves for others.