Tuesday:) 9/11 Time to Reflect and Remember

11 Sep

“On this tragic day in our country’s history, let’s honor those who lost their lives, and those who sacrificed their lives helping others, by coming together, not falling apart.”

~ Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


“United we stand, together we fall.”

~ Aesop


This grey and drizzly morning was the perfect backdrop for the September 11th Day of Remembrance ceremony at the Conference Center at Collin College.

Young students from McKinney Christian Academy and the A Capella Choir from McKinney Boyd H.S. Paid tribute with beautiful patriotic songs.

Fire Chief Danny Kistner spoke of the sacrifices of so many, not only then, but now.

Ron Castro, retired NYPD Detective, currently a Sgt. with Prosper P.D., shared his first hand experiences of being involved with the tragedy on that fateful day.

Gus Cabarcus, retired NYPD Sergeant, also shared his personal experiences. As his voice quivered with emotional detail, many eyes in the audience had uncontrolled tears slip down their faces, as did mine.

McKinney Mayor George Fuller expressed it best when he said that we need to remember that tragic day, and how our country came together in support of one another. We need to see ourselves NOT as Republicans, Democrats, Conservatives, or Liberals, but only as Americans, first and foremost.

Bells were tolled and Taps was played. Bagpipes played Amazing Grace.

Endless names of people who lost their lives that day scrolled continuously down a large overhead screen during the entire event, reminding us that life is precious and fleeting.

After songs were sung, tributes were said, and tears were shed, only one thing holds true. We live in a great country. Let’s always remember………

3 Responses to “Tuesday:) 9/11 Time to Reflect and Remember”

  1. ccbarr September 13, 2018 at 2:40 am #

    Hey Toni,got your Wed. post and now it says it doesn’t exist…? Brownie &fire men story

    • toniandrukaitis September 13, 2018 at 4:40 am #

      I know! I couldn’t post anymore, WordPress said I used up all my capacity and it wouldn’t upload anymore pictures. So, I started a new blog called Antics With Antoinette so I had to use a different email address too, Took forever to figure out the problem,
      I’ll just have to use this new blog,

    • toniandrukaitis September 14, 2018 at 5:21 am #

      Well, changing sites didn’t work either. Still not enough space. I ended up having to buy more space for $78. I didn’t want to lose all my previous posts, so I bit the bullet and paid. I think this will be my last year on WordPress. I was just hoping to get to 100,000 views before I quit here, I’m getting close at over 95K.

      Thanks so much for following me and I’m enjoying our friendship. 🤗

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