We at Anchor Counseling Center are remembering 9/11!

Sep 10, 2011   //   by Richard Figueira   //   Blog  //  No Comments

At Anchor Counseling Center, ten years ago the numbers “9″ and “11″ did not mean anything but were simply two numbers that were separated by, ironically, the number “10.”  Today, the numbers “9 and 11″ bring back memories of a tragic event and day that left many individuals, families, and ultimately a country scared and scarred for many years to come.

It was that day when this country lost 3,000 civilians due to 4 suicide bomb attacks.  New York City, as well as Washington, D.C., was physically affected losing some this country’s most visible and notable buildings, including the Pentagon.  Coinciding, passenger’s attempts to take control of the fourth hijacked jet crashed into a field in Pennsylvania – the jet’s intended destination also being Washington, D.C.

At “Ground Zero” thousands of police officers, fire fighters, EMS personnel, search and rescue dogs, construction workers, and civilian volunteers responded trying to find survivors and just lend a helping hand where needed.

During that dark and horrific morning the country took precautions to protect the President.  President Bush was continuously moved around the country until approximately 7pm.  When he returned to the White House, he addressed our nation.  His now famous speech echoed the country’s sentiments, “Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America.  These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.”  In a reference to the eventual U.S. military’s response he declared, “We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.”

Operation Enduring Freedom had begun.  The military captured and slowed down the Taliban within two months.  But, it would take our country and its military almost 10 years to capture Bin Laden.  On May 2, 2011, the US military captured and killed the mastermind behind the most devastating attack and day in this country’s history.

Today, many people are left with their own burning holes of empty feelings after losing loved ones.  On that day, our freedom, as we knew it was taken.  Some of us are still healing from the wounds of that day.  There is not much anyone can do for the many who suffered during that time, on that day, and in the days following.

At Anchor Counseling Center, we provide therapy and counseling to many people.  Although, many of our patients may have never felt a loss from this tragedy, they do, in their own way deal with loss, grief, anger, disappointment, sadness, and many other issues.

Whatever the feelings or cause, we are here to respond to your needs.  Anchor Counseling Center has over 20 clinicians in Cranston, East Providence, and Lincoln, RI.  While the help may not reach the gravity that the 300 or so first responders, who lost their lives faced on that fateful day on September 11, 2001- we are here to help; one family at a time.

May God bless America!  We and this entire nation are forever grateful to the brave men and women who protect and defend this wonderful country of ours every day.  You are the reason that we can proudly say that we are the “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”If you or someone you know need someone to talk to please contact us.

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Richard Figueira, LICSW

Clinical Director

Anchor Counseling Center

Rhode Island

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