20 years ago – 9/11/01 – #NeverForget

20 years ago – 9/11/01 – #NeverForget

Workout Date:



Bling and OneCall


Hoser, Headgear, Manziel (Respect), Pergo (Respect)(Coastal Empire), Orange Bucket (FNG), Butch, Karma, Mayhem (Respect), Valvano, Runway, Tinker Toy, Papa Smurf (Triple Respect), Jeter, Billboard (Respect), Swiper, Fizz (Cape Fear), Bling, OneCall

The Thang:

“I can hear you, the rest of the world can hear you and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.”
― George W. Bush

20 years ago, this Nation was shook to its core.  Today would be a time to honor those that gave it all and remember them and their friends and families.

Timeline/fact sheet about 9/11/01:

On September 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States.  Two of the planes were flown into the towers of the World Trade Center (110-story skyscraper) in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.  Often referred to simply as 9/11, the attacks resulted in extensive death and destruction, triggering major U.S. initiatives to combat terrorism and defining the presidency of George W. Bush.  A total of 2,977 people were killed in New York City, Washington, DC, and outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania, in the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history.  This included 400 police officers and firefighters.  Specifically:
– 2,753 people were killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 were intentionally crashed into the north and south towers or as a result of the crashes.
– 343 were New York City firefighters, another 23 were New York City police officers and 37 others were officers at the Port Authority.
– The victims ranged in age from two to 85 years. Approximately 75-80% of the victims were men.
– At the Pentagon in Washington, 184 people were killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the building.
– Near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, 40 passengers and crew members aboard United Airlines Flight 93 died when the plane crashed into a field.

– 8:46 am ET – American Airlines Flight 11 (traveling from Boston to Los Angeles) strikes the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.
– 9:03 am ET – United Airlines Flight 175 (traveling from Boston to Los Angeles) strikes the south tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.
– 9:37 am ET – American Airlines Flight 77 (traveling from Dulles, Virginia to Los Angeles) strikes the Pentagon Building in Washington.
– 9:59 am ET – South tower of WTC collapses in approximately 10 seconds.
– 10:03 am ET – United Airlines Flight 93 (traveling from Newark, New Jersey to San Francisco) crashes in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
– 10:28 am ET – North tower of WTC collapses. The time between the first attack and the collapse of both World Trade Center towers is 102 minutes


Yesterday, Valvano called for a long ruck.  At 0430, several of us met at Warbird Park where the 9/11 Memorial was.  We rucked a mile at a time and stopped to read a prayer at each stop.  Here were the prayers:

It is hard to believe that it has been twenty years since the events of September 11, 2001. It stands as memory etched within our lives forever as if time stood still. Everyone has a story of what they were doing the day such a horrific tragedy occurred, and that pain still resonates deeply within. It is a bond that we share not only as Americans but also as members of the human race. The day that began as just another Autumn day but left us shaken to our cores. Although it has been two decades, let us come together in prayer so that we may never forget the lives lost, the families affected, and the memory of September 11th.

1. Prayers for Families of the Fallen

Father God,

We come together to lift up and pray for the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives on September 11th. Lord, their lives will never be forgotten, and our hearts go out to those who lost someone dear from the events of that day. Those left behind were robbed of such important and valuable people, Lord. Please comfort them as this anniversary returns yet again. Be present among them in their grief, and Lord, we pray that those surrounding them would offer kindness where they can. That they would be able to celebrate the precious lives of those who died with honor. May sweet memories of good times be shared and recalled, and may there be a sense of peace in knowing they do not grieve their loss alone. Please be bless them with Your love this day.

In Jesus Name, Amen

2. Prayers for the Survivors

Father God,

So many were killed due to the terrorist attacks on 9/11, but others were left with life-altering injuries and long-term mental effects. For the survivors, we pray this day for comfort. What they endured and witnessed was traumatizing and distressing; Lord, we pray for continued healing for their bodies and hearts. We pray that what was intended in pure evil would not have the final word upon these survivors. We pray that You would surround them and pour out Your Spirit upon them. Lord, we pray that their stories, their experiences, and what they have seen will be used to inspire healing and peace in the time to come. They are strong individuals, and they deserve our respect. Please help them as this date passes again, and Lord, we thank You that they are here to live among us.

In Jesus Name, Amen

3. Prayers for the Memory of those Lost

Father God,

Help us never to forget the memory of those lost to the events of 9/11. Lord, they did not die in vain, and we pray with genuine and sincere hearts that their legacies would go on to endure. We think of the courageous souls of Flight 93, who fought back towards the hijackers to spare more lives, giving the ultimate sacrifice in doing so. Lord, we pray for the memories of those who lost their lives to rescue, help, and save others, such as the firefighters, the police, and the civilians who offered a hand. May their bravery be remembered and not just a footnote in history books. And Lord, we pray for the innocent victims who were killed that heartbreaking day. We thank You for each and every single one of their lives. We thank You for the mark they left on this earth, and we celebrate the impact they had on us as friends, family, and neighbors. Even if we did not know them personally, they mattered to the story of our world, and we thank You for them. Help us not to lose sight with time of these souls; help us become ever mindful that they were made in Your image and that their lives held such great value. Help their stories to be told again and again, and may we feel pushed to share them with those who were not even alive on September 11, 2001, so that they too may come to admire and respect the fallen. We sincerely ask that the memories of those who have passed on would not be erased from this age.

In Jesus Name, Amen

4. Prayers for Our Nation

Father God,

We pray for our nation as a whole this September 11th. September 12th was met with unity and grief that we all shared. It is still something we share as a people; it is a reminder of how fragile and precious life truly is. Lord, we pray for peace and unity in our nation today. We pray that Your Spirit would pour out among us and that through and by You, there would be a common heart, a common goal, and a common desire for peace and kindness towards one another. Let us not lose sight of what is important in this life and help us love one another as You truly love us. Lord, we pray for our leaders today. We pray that You would give them wisdom and discernment as they tackle events and dilemmas as they unfold. We pray that You would inspire this nation to be a nation under God, one that seeks to glorify, honor, and praise You. This is our heart’s desire, Lord. We desire to be Your people, and we strive to have peace. This nation has so much to offer, and Lord, we pray for our nation to truly be a City on a Hill.

In Jesus Name, Amen

5. Prayers for Peace in Our World

Father God,

We pray for peace in our world. It is clear that so much of this world is full of chaos and hate, but we know that is not of You. Lord, we pray that there would be a new heart and mindset in the people of this world that would not be of destruction and madness but of kindness and a sound mind and heart. We pray that this world in every nation would desire peace with their fellow man and that the love of the Lord would be ever-present. We know that such a prayer is a lofty one, but Lord, we also know that You can do infinitely more than all we could ask for or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). We have not forgotten how You changed the heart of even leaders like Nebuchadnezzar, and Lord, we know You are the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow (Hebrews 13:8), so boldly we pray for our world to come to a place of peace.

We pray this in Jesus Name, Amen

Years have passed, but the events of September 11th will not be forgotten. As the anniversary comes about, let us take on the heart posture of peace towards our fellow man, and let us come before the Lord God Almighty to pray for our neighbors, our nation, and our world. Ask the Lord this day how you can honor those who lost their lives and how you can serve the Kingdom of God here on earth. Let us be ever mindful to pray for peace and to boldly come before the Lord to invite His Spirit to be among us.


We came back to pick up 2 more Brothers at 0600.  We rucked some more and then came back to do the workout.  We started with some information/facts.  Hoser and Valvano started reading names of the 2,977.  The thing that strikes me when we do this is the variety of names.  Every background, culture, part of the world, religion, race, etc.  ALL AMERICANS.  ALL ONE PEOPLE.  ALL UNITED.  ALL dying on 9/11.  #NeverForget

When we have the debacle that is our leadership now, look back to what this country has been and can be again.  It starts with 1 person to step up and then another and then another and 1 light to shine to light another and another.  Let us be those people.  Let us be those lights.

SILENT MOMENT OF REFLECTION (delayed until later due to the leaf blower guy)

Give thanks and lift prayers to and for first responders, military personnel, and all of those impacted personally by 9/11.    Give thanks that we are free to gather like we do each morning because of these very men and women who are willing to sacrifice to give us that privilege.


There were 2,977 people killed.

We will do 29 exercises – 77 Reps of each (until the end when we also add in something significant)
During the workout we stopped at certain points and read the prayers again.
We did this Dora style with partners or 3 man teams.  Running around the planes.  Huge thanks to Billboard for bringing blocks and amazing placards/signs of the times and images.  We were a few blocks short but we managed well.

  1. Merkins
  2. Squats
  3. BBSU’s
  4. SSH’s
  5. LBC’s
  6. CDDs
  7. Lunges (count each leg)
  8. American Hammers (count right side)
  9. Plank Jacks
  10. Flutters (2-count)
  11. Curls
  12. Jump Squats
  13. Freddie Mercurys (count right leg)
  14. Mountain Climbers
  15. Hello Dolly
  16. OH Press
  17. Bent Over Rows
  18. Front squats
  19. Smurf Jacks
  20. Calf Raises
  21. Wide Arm Merkins
  22. Heels to Heaven
  23. Tricep Extensions
  24. Side Lunge
  25. Heel Touches on 6
  26. Diamond Merkins
  27. V-ups
  28. Reverse Lunge
  29. Crunchy Frogs

Plank 102 seconds – MOMENT OF SILENCE
The time between the first attack and the collapse of both World Trade Center towers is 102 minutes

SPRINT AYG 110 Yards
World Trade Center – 110-story skyscraper
On the 110 yard walk back, Bling read a Great Devotion:

Remember 9/11 Devotional

Read This: “For we know in part, and we prophesy in part, but when what is perfect comes, the partial will be set aside. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. But when I became an adult, I set aside childish ways. For now we see in a mirror indirectly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, just as I have been fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (I Corinthians 13:9-13)

Think: Who doesn’t remember where they were when they heard America was under attack? Or when they first saw the footage of the planes flying into the twin towers? We were shocked, confused, vulnerable, and eventually angry. No longer isolated to other parts of the world, terrorism brought itself to our front door. As a nation, we were changed. In the face of such an atrocious act of violence our cores beliefs are challenged in ways we perhaps never imagined.

Paul encourages us to hold fast to our faith. In the face of any tragedy, it’s easy to lose sight of God’s goodness. Surrounded by pain, suffering, and sin we can become discouraged and feel overwhelmed by the situation. But God’s goodness and grace abound even in darkness. And he is always in control, even when, especially when, everything else seems so out of control.

It’s because of God’s goodness that we ultimately have hope. Through Christ’s death and resurrection, God can heal and restore our joy because he is the giver of true peace. When we are able to embrace that, we rise above the chaos around us to see his face more clearly. In the same way, we have hope for the future when all will be made right and justice will prevail. There will be no more tears and no more pain.

And yet the greatest of these is love. There’s such freedom when we open our hearts to love those around us. Yes, we love on those who are hurting, those who are alone, and those who have loved us. But the true testimony of Jesus is to “love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be like your father in heaven” (Matt 5:44-45). If we withhold forgiveness and mercy, we allow bitterness and hatred to take root—the perfect end to Satan’s plan. Don’t let him win any battles. Love is the greatest trump card of all time.

Ask: How have you personally changed in both positive and negative ways because of 9/11? Do you worry more? Hate more? Do you pray more?

Pray: 9/11 remains a difficult day for countless families and friends who have lost a loved one. Please take a moment to pray for them. Also remember to pray for our enemies.


We did our Count-O-Rama – 18 – and our Name-O-Rama
Orange Bucket posted as FNG for the pre-ruck and then stayed for the beatdown.  As a manager at Lowes Home Improvement – the name was awesome.  WELCOME BROTHER
Prayer requests as above, and for Joe
AMAZING Praise report for Papa Smurf – #CancerFree
Prayer requests unspoken


There isn’t much more to say.  I am humbled, privileged, and honored to know each one of you men.  You all push me to be a better version of myself, and for that I am eternally grateful.  Reflect today.  Share the horrific events of 9/11/01 with your children who may not have been born yet.  #NeverForget

Bling and OneCall



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