JUST JUNIORS JOURNAL
Stop the presses.
September 12, 2001
That "I can" is less important than "I will",
That laughter is stronger than pain,
That tears can be dried by hope,
That friendship is the best glue to fix a broken heart,
That everyone in the world has something to give,
And that reaching out to someone is the best way to make a difference;
To believe all that
Is to succeed.
-The Lost Solace Kids Oath
IN TIME OF CRISIS
AMERICA UNDER ATTACK
On September 11, 2001 AD, around 8:45 AM, a plane flew into one of the famous World Trade Center buildings of New York City. Not even five minutes later, the other major building of the World Trade Center was hit.
While all of this was going on, another plane was "dive-bombing" the Pentagon, in Washington, DC. Terrorists hijacked two 747 American Airlines planes and steered them right into the World Trade Center. And then a 757 was directed dead-on into the newly renovated wing of the Pentagon.
Later on in the day, before ten AM, calls were made from another 747 that was hijacked while flying above Pittsburh, apparently headed for Camp David, where the President has been known to hide out.
This plane was crashed near Pittsburgh, in Somerset County.
New York is currently looking for blood donations to help the injured. There are currently 850 people in the Pentagon either severely injured or dead, and many more than that in New York. The attacks killed over 10,000 people, including many firefighters, police officers, and medical workers.
EFFECTS ON LOST SOLACE
The terrorist incident of September 11, 2001 affected the Lost Solace team members, as a group and individually. Claymore was the first to comment on the disaster, e-mailing the rest of the team that morning.
Jedi, in New York, was possibly the most immediately affected by the incident. At this writing, she had not heard from her mother, who was at work at the time of the tragedy. After contacting her brother and her father, she was told by her mother's work that her mother had left to be with relatives, but was offered no specifics.
"It's pretty crazy here," said Jedi. "The media's hyping it up a lot." She said that many of the phone lines were down, and that many of the bridges and tunnels were closed, or only opened for the purpose of leaving the city.
Kerbear's dorm in Pittsburgh was evacuated, leaving her unaccounted for over much of that day.
Kitchen Witch, in Virgina, was not able to conatct the group until late Tuesday night.
Claymore, Lost Solace Team Leader, had friends in Manhattan who were unaccounted for. He stated his intention of checking in with his former Marine superiors, to see if he could be of any help.
"There is a reason....I was put here," he said. "To protect those who need it."
LIGHT ONE LITTLE CANDLE
On September 11, 2001, Lou and three of the Lost Solace Kids, Staci Wyland, Debbie Benfield, and new member Kendra Koch, 14, attanded a Candlelight Vigil on Triangle Park for the victims involved in the tragedy in New York, Washington, and Somerset County.
The vigil was organized by Dave Harris, owner of Between Worlds, a pagan store on Water Street in Lock Haven. Harris says,"As to what God or Goddess you worship....I personally refuse to believe that any God or Goddess would call for the sacrifice of any life, be it human or animal, in their name."
Another person who attended, named Cheryl, stated,"Out of the chaos will come unity, and we pray that regardless of our beliefs, we will be bound together like we always have as Americans."
The ceremony began with a Native American process called smudging, in which they take a stick of burning sage and wave it up and down the front and back of your body. This is believed to clear the area of negative energies. Lou and two of the kids, Staci and Kendra, went through this procedure.
Another person who went through it was Rick Vilello, Mayor of Lock Haven. He claimed,"It's not about revenge. It's not about retribution. I pray that the government will act wisely and strongly in decisions made concerning this tragedy."
THE RED CROSS
In the wake of Tuesday's tragedy, the American Red Cross stands ready to help. Bloodmobiles are being held, and workers are being sent to assist rescue efforts. Lou called the local chapter with an offer to help about two PM.
"There is no immediate need for blood. We have plenty, but supplies will need to be replenished over the next few days," stated Kim Neff, manager of the Clinton County Chapter. "We may add another bloodmobile soon."
The LS Kids have left numbers with the Red Cross, and will be available to help with bloodmobiles or any other effort, if needed.
On September 11, 2001, I went to a Candlelight Vigil with Lou and two members of the group Lost Solace, Staci Wyland and Debbie Benfield. I asked them what the group was about. What they mainly said was it was against abuse.
The I thought about it. I asked Staci,"Do you think I could join?"
She asked, and Lou said I could. Tonight was the first project I did with the group. I personally think it was the best first project anyone in any group could ever have.
We had the Candlelight Vigil for the victims and their familes who were in the tragedies in New York and the other places. And it made me realize that I really want to be in this group to help people any way I can.
So just about everyone in the country doesn't get anything good out of this, but I had a great thing happen to me.
ADORE IT/DEPLORE IT
Adore It: Obviously, adoration to all of the firefighters, police officers, medical workers, rescuers, volunteers, and military personnel who have pitched in to help with this horrible incident. After our day of crisis, your heroism will be remembered.
Deplore It: Deplorable. Oblivious reactions from some of our politicians and others are worth mentioning. Senator Herb Kohl, D-Wis., said,"This shows what an uncontrollable world we live in." And a Penn State professor said,"It just shows....You aren't safe anywhere."
Oh, really? Thanks for stating the obvious, guys. Some countries deal with these situations every day. Here in America, we have abuse, crime, and drugs, but this shows the world is uncontrollable and unsafe? Come on. The LS Kids are teenagers, and we knew that.
The Just Juniors Journal Is:
President, Ethical Advisor: Vesta Jones
IVP: Brenda Geyer
EVP: Staci Wyland
Secretary: Debbie Benfield
Staff: Nickole Vincent, Justin Shady, Kendra Koch, Ginger White
Renovo Bureau: Sarah Wilson, Meghan Wilson
Distant Correspondents: Amber Fleming, Valerie, Kazlynn Otto
For my kids, this is It.
This is The Day. This is The Day they'll remember far into the future, when the topic comes up. They'll tell their own children about it, when history class rolls around.
The day you remember what you were doing.
For my mother, it's Kennedy. For my generation, it's the Space Shuttle Challenger. And for my kids, they will always remember what they were doing on September 11, 2001.
We called to offer our services to the Red Cross. We attended the Candlelight Vigil, and then went to my kitchen and reported on the incident. In one night, we threw together this issue.
My kids will remember that they were able to act. To do something to contribute, no matter how small. And there's really nothing special about that; anyone can do it.
You know how they say "Think globally, act locally"? It's true. No matter what community you're in, there has to be some way to contribute to the cause today. Find it, and help.
The kids and I stood at the vigil, hurting and watching together. It was not the first time we'd cried together. It wasn't the first time we'd stood together under painful circumstances. But my kids are learning that, when disaster strikes, they are not helpless. They can act.
That's what they'll remember in the future. Not that a tragedy happened, but that they were able to act on it.
And so will I. Because thousands of journalists are reporting on this incident, and will be for days.
But I guarantee, I'm the only one reporting it with teenagers.
-With liberty and justice for all.