Today’s the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States, and I don’t have much to say about it, except that my heart goes out to all the people who were affected by that terrible day.

Here’s a roundup of tweets from American Idols (and Glee’s Lea Michele who is in NYC right now) sharing their thoughts on the day.

Plus, watch a special tribute from Season 4 Idol alum, Anthony Fedorov called “What Freedom Costs”.

@DavidArchie (David Archuleta, S7) Watching some of the special shows on for the September 11 anniversary. May we remember those who lost their lives, lost loved..ones, but also those who gave their lives to help and save others. You are in our hearts and prayers.

@JordinSparks (Jordin Sparks, S6): Its 9/11. I remember what I was doing, the fear & the pain. But most, I remember us coming 2gether–united as ONE. #NeverForget…God bless those who were lost. God bless those who fought & still fight for us. God bless the USA & the world. #NeverForget911 <3

@Syesha (Syesha Mercado, S7): It’s 9/11/11 Thought goes out to all families that lost loved ones. Let’s make this a positive day. Thought for the day: Love Your Neighbor! One word that comes to mind when I think of 9/11 #Unity Let’s unite and love each other, no matter what, for just one day #NeverForget

@TheKatieStevens (Katie Stevens, S9) Today #remember those who lost their lives on 9-11-01 .. Also pray for those who are mourning their loved ones. #weremember #USA

@BrandonRogersLA (Brandon Rogers, S6) Today let’s all take a moment to remember those who aren’t here to mark this day. From the ashes comes new hope and opportunities to unite. #NeverForget

@thedavidcook (David Cook, S7) Thoughts with those lost 10 years ago today, and how that day shaped us, not just as a nation, but as people.

@KRodriguezAI10 (Karen Rodriguez, S10) Remembering those who passed and those who still mourn the loss of their loved ones. In a blink of an eye, 10 years later on 9/11.

@aaronkellyai09 (Aaron Kelly, S9) 10 year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, we continue to honor and remember all of the lives lost on this day.

@Chris_Daughtry (Chris Daughtry, S5) It’s hard to believe that it’s been 10 years. I remember exactly where I was and what I saw on tv as it was happening. I will never forget. Thoughts and prayers to all who lost loved ones on this day 10 years ago. God bless

@KatharineMcPhee (Katharine McPhee, S5) Being in NYC 10 years after that horrible day is surreal…I hope everyone will take a moment today & remember those we lost. #neverforget…And pray for those families who walk up everyday with something forever missing from their lives…#GodblessAmerica

@ImChrisRich (Chris Richardson, S6) 9/11-Today we remember. Today we honor. Today we Still stand strong, we Still persevere, and we Still are the greatest Country n the world.

@elliottyamin (Elliott Yamin, S5) Where were u 10 yrs ago,at 8:42am? #neverforget

@timhalperin (Tim Halperin, S10) I hope you find time to remember those lost on this day 10 years ago, and that you thank those who have or are currently serving our country

@BrentKeith (Brent Keith, S8) I will never forget

@JanellWheeler (Janell Wheeler, S9) Recorded to honor our troops and the 4th of July, I have decided to repost my absolute favorite song to sing “God… http://t.co/Sl8YXAk

@MsLeaMichele (Lea Michele, Glee) To all the families and people of New York affected by the tragedies of September 11th my thoughts and prayers go out to you. NYC is one of the most strong & beautiful places in the world. I feel so blessed & proud today to have been born and raises in this city.

@PhilStacey (Phil Stacey, S6) oday, let us remember the compassion and love that was poured out for the victims of that senseless tragedy. Let’s remember the heroes…

Season 4 Idol, Anthony Fedorov shares a song for this day, “What Freedom Costs”

Paul Simon sings “The Sound of Silence” at Ground Zero

 
  • Indigobunting

    Danny Gokey is a part of the Oasis Church (huge church in Nashville) 9-11 remembrance.

    It is very well done.

    He sings God Bless The USA (Lee Greenwood). Very nice

    Live online:

    http://oasisworship.com/player-live.php

  • Trina

    The heartbreak will never really go away. I lost a dear friend I went to school with for many years. I worked 5 blocks away. My husband worked for Aon Corporation which was located in the second tower. Worked there for 2 years. The day before he felt like he was coming down with something and was running a fever so I told him to stay home. He said he would see how he felt in the morning. Next morning he still felt lousy but had meetings later in the day so he decided to just go in late. Till this day that ended up being THE best decision he has ever made. Aon ended up losing over 170 employees several my husband knew including his boss and a friend who celebrated his birthday one week before. I can still remember the feeling being near there that day. I can still remember the screams, the smell, the debris falling everywhere. A nightmare doesn’t really describe it.

  • tomr

    Anthony, that was a wonderful, beautifully done tribute. Thank you.

  • goboywonder

    I don’t know if the pain will ever go away but I think the memory of it makes us a united nation. Trina your experience of that day is so bittersweet and has started the flow of tears that are easily shed whenever I focus on the tragedy. We will #NeverForget!

  • Grammie Kari

    Between Anthony’s beautiful song and Trina’s heartbreaking story, the tears are flowing. Anthony’s song needs to be heard over and over again. On all our patriotic holidays, this powerful song should be heard with Anthony’s gorgeous vocals.

    Trina, sending along hugs for you and your husband.

  • Indigobunting

    Trina, thanks for sharing your personal story; I’m sure it is not easy to talk about. The horror of being in the middle of it is difficult to imagine.

    Danny’s Proud to be an American:

    It is about 1/3 of the way into the recorded telecast:

    http://oasisworship.com/player-on-demand.php

  • Grammie Kari

    I didn’t realize VH1 was retelevising it’s tribute to New York. Mick Jagger is on right now.

  • steph6449

    This is another video with partial of Danny singing God Bless the USA

    http://www.twitvid.com/VYS6Y

  • RockiDreams

    Thank you Anthony – beautiful.

  • Pam

    That is a very heart tugging story Trina. I don’t think there are many who don’t remember where they were and what they were doing 10 years ago today. I saw the 2nd plane going in live on tv like millions of others did that day. I knew after the 2nd time that without a doubt we were under attack. I unfortunately saw live both towers as they collapsed. I was scheduled for afternoon volunteer duty at the hospital and went as scheduled. I was sitting in the surgical waiting area with the families of those who were waiting to hear on the conditions of a friend or family member that was currently in surgery. I saw many of the nurses stop to take a quick look at the tv during that afternoon. It was hard to take your eyes off of it. It was such a heartbreaking day for so many people. I know I’ll never forget it.

  • Tera

    Wow! Janell Wheeler is awesome! She should’ve made much further on Idol.

  • abbysee

    Trina……there are no words! Thanks for sharing your story. I am a New Yorker as well, went to school just blocks from the towers…..this day is so difficult emotionally, sometimes I try to ignore it, no TV, radio, internet…..the heartbreak truly never goes away.

  • tinawina

    Trina, thank you for sharing your story. I was born and raised in NYC well into adulthood. I had only been out of NYC for a little under 2 years when it happened. My last job in NYC had been in 7 World Trade. My brother-in-law worked across the street at Chase and my former roommate worked in American Express, also across the street. My nephew was interning in some city office in the complex as well.

    By some miracle, NO ONE I know died or was hurt that day. NO ONE. I still don’t know how that happened. A lot of it was little coincidences just like with your husband. My brother in law was running late, and ironically made my nephew late as well, for instance. My heart goes out to you for your friend. My sisters all lost friends that day too. I still feel guilty for not being there. I feel like I should have been home in my city to this day.

    RIP to all the victims of 9-11.

  • Trina

    Thanks guys. Tinawina thank god you didn’t deal with any losses and talk about a miracle you ended up not being there. My husband dealt with the same exact thing you mentioned. On top of dealing with the tragedy itself and the grief (not to mention the worry and fear due to losing a job and your whole company), he went through some major feelings of guilt. The first couple of years were the hardest where he kept thinking if he was there he could have helped people, maybe help co-workers escape, guilt over wondering why he was spared. I don’t know how people who essentially lost entire families have coped. I look at these poor children who lost parents they didn’t even know and its too much.
    After looking at the memorial plaza I do think I want to go there soon. Ground Zero I never wanted to visit but now it feels like something different if that makes any sense. The waterfalls surrounded by all those trees is so peaceful and beautiful.

    BTW thank you MJ for this thread. I feel like this blog is my home and I’m glad I could talk a little.

  • tinawina

    My husband dealt with the same exact thing you mentioned. On top of dealing with the tragedy itself and the grief (not to mention the worry and fear due to losing a job and your whole company), he went through some major feelings of guilt. The first couple of years were the hardest where he kept thinking if he was there he could have helped people, maybe help co-workers escape, guilt over wondering why he was spared.

    You are being too kind by putting me in the same category as your hubby. My guilt is vague, I had moved away a while ago and no one I knew was hurt. Your husband would have been right in the thick of things but for a twist of fate and lost people he saw every day. My heart goes out to him. I pray he sees fit to let himself off the hook one day. I’m willing to bet that everyone he knew who passed is somewhere right now elated that he did not die with them.

    Ground Zero I never wanted to visit but now it feels like something different if that makes any sense.

    I know exactly what you mean :)

  • Kylee

    The only good thing to come out of this was our country was united. Now I feel our country is more divided than ever.

  • lucysfave

    I’m trying your link, but it’s not working

    Here you go! I think it’s a beautiful version:

    http://iheartdannygokey.com/index.php/2011/09/11/video-danny-gokey-singing-god-bless-the-usa/

  • Indigobunting

    The only good thing to come out of this was our country was united. Now I feel our country is more divided than ever.

    Wise words (unfortunately).

    indigobunting: I’m trying your link, but it’s not working….

    Sorry! Here is a different one:

    http://vimeo.com/28896675

    Danny’s God Bless The USA comes on at 25 minutes, 30 seconds

    ETA: If you don’t want to muddle through the church service stuff Lucysfave link above has just Danny’s performance I believe

  • iluvai

    Thanks indigobunting. I watched the whole thing… church service stuff and all…. :)

  • Fenway

    Here is a video of David Archuleta singing God Bless America to a group of fire fighters and their families in NY. He was 10 at the time.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=F6CgxIFIJyc

  • steph6449

    This is another link for Danny with video just of his performing God Bless the USA, via one of his big fans in China. Which is sort of cool really that a fan in mainland China recorded this particular song sung for 9/11…

    http://tieba.baidu.com/f/shipin/p/53020b115f05f73c16b14e1e-1?kw=gokey