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Selected Lyrics from Alan Jackson's
Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning?
Where were you when the world stopped turning that September day/
Did you weep for the children/Who lost their dear loved ones/
And pray for the ones who don't know/
Did you rejoice for the people who walked from the rubble/
And sob for the ones left below/
Did you burst out in pride/ For the red white and blue
The heroes who died just doing what they do/
Did you look up to heaven for some kind of answer/
And look at yourself to what really matters/
It all started when D.Challener Roe decided to pay tribute on the fifth anniversary of the tragedy, to the 2,996 people who died heros on September 11, 2001. I asked specifically to honor someone that was killed in the attack on the Pentagon, since I live in the DC area, and I can recall the events of that day just as clearly as if it were yesterday. It's hard to live here and not know someone that works at the Pentagon - my best friend's dad, for example. He was safe, others were not.
The Washington Post was the only major newspaper that posted a photo of the smoldering Pentagon as front-page news on September 12, 2001, while the rest relegated it to page 2 and gave New York center stage. We also sacrificed, we also lost, and we remember.
I'm honored to tell you about Lt. Col. Dennis M. Johnson, (this photo was found on the Arlington Cemetary Website). He was laid to rest in Section 64 of Arlington National Cemetery, "in the shadows of the Pentagon" where he gave his life and earned a Purple Heart.
Lt. Col. Johsnon was a Wisconsin boy, born on April Fools Day in 1953 and raised in Port Edwards. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (Go "Pointers"!), and served in the Army tank division before being assigned to the Pentagon. One assignment saw him visiting the homes of families who had lost someone in the service of our country. It was an important job that he took very seriously.
Lt. Col. Johnson had a wife named Joyce, and two girls - Cassandra Lee and Dawn Marie. Joyce posted a tribute to her husband online that read: "The love of my life, my heart and soul. Is missed so much. May you be at Peace." He was also remembered him in his epitaph as a "Beloved Husband and Devoted Father."
The Pentagon has been repaired now. Almost all traces of September 11 erased. But I know I'll never forget. Now maybe you'll never forget Lt. Col. Johnson.
If you have a 2,996 post on your blog, please tell me in comments so I can make sure to visit your tribute.