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  • 9/11 We Remember

    Fall 2011

    SPECI A L 10 t h A N N IV ERSA RY ISSU E

    L i fe S to r i e s o f Go d s Pe o p le

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    Ground Zero: New York City

    A Salvation Army mobile canteen was on the scene within 30 minutes after the first jet hit the North Tower. The Armys comprehensive, compassionate service lasted until the closing ceremonies on May 30, 2002, and continued at various sites in and around the city for four more years.

    The Pentagon: Arlington, Va.When Major Todd Smith saw the smoke ris-ing very near his Washington, D.C., office, he dispatched mobile canteens immediately to the Pentagon. The Salvation Army served more than 7,000 workers every day for three weeks at the crash site.

    Flight 93: Shanksville, Pa.The Salvation Army sprang into action as soon as word was received of a plane down in a field in western Pennsylvania. The Army provided a trusted presence to police, FBI, and families on the scene.

    We RememberThis 10th anniversary commemorative issue of Priority! is filled with voices of those who served with The Salvation Army following the attacks on September 11, 2001.

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  • promoting prayer, holiness, and evangelism through the life stories of Gods people

    THE SALVATION ARMY

    Territorial Leaders USA Eastern Territory

    Commissioner R. Steven Hedgren Commissioner Judith A. Hedgren

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    The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian

    Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God.

    Its mission is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name

    without discrimination.

    Priority! is published quarterly by The Salvation Army USA Eastern Territory. Subscriptions are $8.95 per year;

    bulk rates available. Write to: Priority!, The Salvation Army, 440 West Nyack Rd., West Nyack, NY 109941739. Volume 13, No. 3, Fall 2011. Printed in USA. Postmaster: Send all address changes to: Priority!, 440 West Nyack Road, West Nyack, NY 109941739. Priority! accepts advertising. Copyright 2011 by The Salvation Army,

    USA Eastern Territory. Articles may be reprinted only with written permission.

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    I Will Restore

    T en years ago, after I had the privilege of serving on Sept. 14 and 15 at Ground Zero, I couldnt sleep until I wrote about my experience. I

    called the piece I wrote Altered Reality.

    What I had seen was apocalyptic, the stuff

    of nightmares. I wrote, So many people

    in the world already know what we have now learned: that evil has the power to

    destroy, and no one is invulnerable. Then I wrote about serving the rescue workers

    from my post very close to the smoking pile of rubble. And about the indomitable

    spirit of a New Yorker who worked alongside me handing out dust masks, socks,

    Gatorade, and gum to men and women heading back to their desperate search for

    survivors.

    I asked, Where was God in all of this? And I answered, He was at the heart

    of it all, right where evil had planted its seed.

    Those words come from a Morris Chapman song, most familiar as sung by

    Joseph Garlington. It goes, What was lost in battle/What was taken unlawful/

    Where the enemy has planted his seed I will restore to you all of this and more.

    When I sent out a call in May for memories of 9/11, they flooded in, and I was

    struck by how vivid, detailed, and raw they were. Aaron Antill talked about visit-

    ing the site, where new Towers are now rising from what was once called the Pit.

    He said, Lots of feelings I didnt know I had came rushing back.

    That may be true for you too on this 10th anniversary. It certainly is for me. My

    reality has truly been forever altered. Evil did plant its seed in America on Sept.

    11, 2001. But right there, in the midst of smoke and ash and sorrow, God began to

    restore. He was there in New York City. He was there in Shanksville, Pa. And He

    was there at the Pentagon. He was there with the thousands of Salvation Army

    officers, soldiers, and volunteers who washed feet, served a cup of cold water, and

    prayed with the exhausted, the angry, the grieving.

    My prayer is that as you read this issue, youll find what many of the writers

    foundthe Lord in the midst of it all. Hes still there today, with healing in His

    wings. He will restore: Thats a promise.

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    Editor

  • serving among new yorkersI served at Ground Zero two weeks prior

    to Thanksgiving, 2001. It was a privilege

    serving among the New Yorkers who

    tirelessy gave of their time, despite their

    own loss and pain. I met many wonder-

    ful individuals, especially Debbie, a

    native of Brooklyn. Debbie said that

    if she would ever convert from her

    Jewish faith, she would convert to Sal-

    vationism.

    Captain Shannon Benner

    Shelbyville, IN

    california team

    As many other volunteers gave of time

    and service to help the people of New

    York, so did Tom and I. We wasted no

    time responding to the call when Cali-

    fornia Southern Baptist Disaster Team

    requested us to join with The Salvation

    Army to provide meals for the some 600

    investigators that were sifting through

    the rubble on Staten Island. We still

    correspond with some of the people we

    met while working the 9/11 disaster in

    New York. It was our pleasure to serve

    alongside The Salvation Army. When

    I returned home I wrote an 11page

    story of my experience. Our lives were

    changed forever.

    Tom & Peggy Williams

    Banning, CA

    Comfort in Boston

    A number of officers were at Logan Air-

    port in Boston providing counseling to

    families of those who died in the WTC

    airplane attacks.

    I recall ministering to a couple of

    families, holding them as they cried

    in total shock and disbelief.

    It was not easy not to join in

    their suffering because crying

    was the only response we

    could muster.

    With other families, we

    just sat in silence with them,

    letting them know that we

    were present and we would

    not leave them alone.

    Major Jim Guest

    School for Officer Training

    Suffern, NY

    dark daysI was stationed at Ground Zero in the

    American Express building, which was

    also being used as the morgue. I always

    get a little tearyeyed when I recall all

    the details. It was raining; all I could

    smell was jet fuel; there was dust and

    black soot everywhere; the lights didnt

    work; everything was dark outside and

    inside the buildings. The most powerful

    memory was when body parts wrapped

    in orange material were carted into the

    AMEX building right in front of me.

    Its a pretty brutal image to recall, but

    it also made me grateful and thank-

    ful to God for everything I have. So

    when I hear people (including myself)

    complaining over petty things, I think

    back and remember how very blessed I

    actually am.

    Ivette Czaja

    Greater New York

    Divisional Headquarters

    flight 93 gallantryThe one thing that stands out in my

    mind when I remember Sept. 11, 2001, is

    that Osama Bin Laden could put a dent

    in our country but not could not total

    us. We are a strong bunch of people who

    stick together in times of trouble. Expe-

    riencing the recovery efforts at the crash

    site of Flight 93, I witnessed and was

    a part of the gallantry of our citizens

    working together. It really made me very

    Letters about 9/11The cover of a special supplement done 10 years ago. For many people, the memories are still fresh.

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    Letters about 9/11proud to be an American and belong to

    The Salvation Army.

    Marilyn Albright

    Western Pennsylvania Division

    changed outlookWhen 9/11 happened, I was a newly

    commissioned officer and newly married.

    I was down at Ground Zero for 12 days.

    My experience there changed my whole