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[Sep. 11th, 2007|06:31 am]
kyle cassidy
This is a repost from September 11th last year. Three stories with photos.

Not to join the memorializing hysteria today, but I do think that this is an important American pilgrimage -- not an organized one, but one fueld by an inner curiosity and a patriotism in the best sense of the word. In the past five years I, like many Americans, have drifted through all of those places that changed all of our lives so much. And I only got arrested once. Here are some photos and stories.

The Pentagon, September 2001

I Get Arrested at Ground Zero, RNC 04

Shanksville Flight 93 Memorial

"A true patriot loves his country always, and his government when they deserve it." - Mark Twain

[User Picture]From: lostinarden
2007-09-11 12:01 pm (UTC)
I was arrested at Ground Zero as well, but I was protesting rather than being a press observer. Apalling that you got dragged in as well.
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[User Picture]From: silveringridd
2007-09-11 01:16 pm (UTC)
you got arrested!?!??!

that first photo, oh my. it brings tears to my eyes. talk about capturing something intense and real and painful and beautiful all at once.

you are an artist.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2007-09-11 01:35 pm (UTC)
there's text that goes along with all of those photos -- you can read about how they were taken and hear me get arrested. just click.
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[User Picture]From: phanatic
2007-09-11 01:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, tell me the arrest story.
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2007-09-11 01:31 pm (UTC)
click on the photo -- it's all there, even audio tape of the actual arrest, captured on Susan's tape recorder while she was interviewing someone.
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[User Picture]From: phanatic
2007-09-11 03:31 pm (UTC)
Nearly got arrested doesn't count! I've nearly gotten arrested.

At some point we must hang out down in Philly. When do you have a free weekend?
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[User Picture]From: hennepin
2007-09-11 04:50 pm (UTC)
I really liked the Pentagon write-up and accompanying photos. Real people in a state of shock.
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[User Picture]From: drag0nette
2007-09-11 07:04 pm (UTC)
and i thought we were bad with the chewing gum ban. :)
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[User Picture]From: hoppytoad79
2007-09-11 07:52 pm (UTC)
There's memorializing hysteria, and there's remembering and reflecting. Those who do the first are disgusting, exploiting 9/11 for flash-and-bang value. On 9/10/02, I was driving to school and listening to the radio and an ad for a local car dealership came on. The first part went something like "Tomorrow, we will be closed in rememberance of the events on 9/11" in a very somber tone, then immediately launched into a Very Excited voice talking about how they'd be open the next day and ready to sell you cars at low, low prices and offer fabulous deals, and all that usual car deal mumbo jumbo. I was disgusted and infuriated beyond words. All the other dealers in the area simply had signs up along the road in front of the dealerships saying they'd be closed on 9/11 in rememberance of what happened, even Mr. Billy "HUUUUUUUGE!" Fuccilio, king of really obnoxious commercials. He has dealerships nationwide, so maybe you know what I'm talking about. I know there are media outlets and programs which will have melodramatic headlines and bring out the tawdry side of 9/11 and the conspiracy theories. xp I try to avoid that garbage just on general principle, so I'm pretty sure I'll be able to avoid being exposed to that dreck for the rest of today.

I read your articles and think they're an excellent way to memorialize 9/11 and to remember and reflect on what happened. In your article about the Pentagon, you said something about how there was a 'before' and 'after', and I totally agree. More was lost six years ago than lives and architecture. The deaths and destruction were catastropic and in no way do I mean to trivialize those.
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[User Picture]From: mistresskatya
2007-09-12 04:13 am (UTC)
Im the same way....I avoided everything to do that exploited today. No news, no radio...I just kept it simple and remembered silently.

I do not want to think of this day any different then tomorrow or the next day. It is not because I don't care about what happened-I do (very much) but it is painful. I remember watching the towers fall...I was working in my office (On Long Island-about 30 miles from the Twin towers) and it was THAT visible to see...watching it fall down and knowing all of those people (including a branch from my job) were there. My co-worker getting a phone call that her sister (in the military) was in the pentagon (she was ok-just broken arm-she was lucky). My boyfriend at the time, supposed to work at the twin towers but at the last minute, changed work locations (thank you for non-functioning alarm clock that day).

Then working at the Domination house down the block from the armory and every night that I worked-seeing hundreds of photos and candles, personalities...it just added to the heartache. These people will never come back..seeing the little things like "oh so and so liked this-just like me or "she looks just like my sister/mom/dad/etc"

It is just too much at times.

I guess I also want to just keep going also because I work in the city now..I take the LIRR every morning. At one time, I worked at the UN....had a wonderful anthrax scare..dealt with bomb threats...how can I stop now?

If this pissed off anyone, I do apologize-it is not meant to so in any way.

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