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Day to Remember

Wtcnyc

Today is September 11, 2008, the seventh anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

September 11 is a day that will always “live in infamy” for me, although I would never trivialize the attack on Pearl Harbor in which those words were originally put to use so forcefully in 1941.

That said, today is a day in which I reflect on the innocent men and women who lost their lives seven years ago. For those who died just by going to work that cursed morning; for those Heroes who died trying to rescue their fellow man.

And for those Heroes who diverted a hijacked airliner and kept United flight 93 from doing even more damage and inflicting even more pain. Instead, those people died in what was an empty field in Pennsylvania, their jet coming nowhere near an intended target. If it had, we would be likely mourning many more deaths.

I spent the morning at Incredible Ice today to watch the Panthers do their informal workouts. Not much to report today. I hope you join me in in realizing what's truly important this day, if only for a minute or two.

Let us never forget what happened that September morning.

ON TO HOCKEY

-- Eric Staal is getting paid by Carolina, the talented winger getting a seven year deal worth close to $60 million starting in 2009-10. The thought here is that Jay Bouwmeester is going to be looking for this kind of money come Jan. 1.

-- The Calgary Flames -- including Mike Keenan -- hit the streets yesterday delivering tickets to season seat holders. The Penguins did this as well.

-- Speaking of the Flames, Marcus Nilson may be headed to Russia this season.

-- Speaking of the Penguins, Sidney Crosby has decided to live with the Lemieux family again this season.

-- The Kings figured the Price was Right with Drew Carey.

-- Patrick Roy's No. 33 heading to the rafters in Montreal.

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Well said, George. So many of us join you and all freedom-loving folks across the globe in your thoughts.

It's said over and over, but bears repeating: freedom isn't free.

Pucks certainly take a back seat on this Patriot Day.

Thank you George. My friend Todd Weaver died in Tower 2. He was only 30 years old. God bless you Todd and your wife and family.

I will always remember where I was that day -- at work when the I got the call from the FBI that we had to shut down all 80 branches immediately starting with our main branch and office building that was 2 blocks away from the Federal building. I heard my Grandmother talk about listening to FDR on the radio with Pearl Harbor. Like her - this is something I will never forget.

Today I flew a 757 from Miami out here to Los Angeles... I'm saddened by two things:

1) Seven years after I lost friends and co-workers in a terrorist attack, there is still a gaping hole in lower Manhattan's skyline... Politicians, greed, and red tape have prevented our proud nation from rebuilding on that site... The tallest building in the world should've been built there YEARS ago... Every time I fly over that emptiness, I get a sad feeling...

2) We, as a nation, are beginning to forget the details of 9/11/2001... I couldn't believe my ears this morning on my drive to the airport when I listened as a radio talk-show host had to be reminded by a caller that there were 4 airplanes lost that day, not 3, and he had to be reminded which two airlines were involved... If it's not on Lost, Big Brother, American Idol, or the Regis and Kelly Show, it's just not important...

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