Comments: Hope, inspiration born from tragedy 11 years after 9/11
CNN iReporter Rachel Cauvin shared this photo of twin beams of light shining over New York in honor of 9/11.
September 11th, 2012
07:55 PM ET

Comments: Hope, inspiration born from tragedy 11 years after 9/11

Editor's note: We're listening to you. Every day, we spot thought-provoking comments from readers. What follows is a look at some of the posts we noticed today.

As we look back on the September 11 attacks, the now-traditional twin beams of light seem to draw an 11 in the sky over New York. iReporter Rachel Cauvin shared the above image 11 years since this defining moment in U.S. history. We're hearing from readers on a variety of stories about this day.

Elizabeth and Stephen Alderman wrote an opinion article about their youngest child, Peter, who died on 9/11 at age 25. They established the Peter C. Alderman Foundation in his honor in 2003. We heard from several readers who were touched by the story.

After 9/11, how we honor our son's memory

Some could sadly relate and found hope from the story.

14thetruth: "We suddenly lost our son Bobby yesterday due to a senseless accident. He died a little after 9 a.m. He was 26 and was a wonderful husband, father and son. He leaves behind a wife and three children under 3 years old. Bobby had just started a promising business. Your story is an inspiration for us carry on our son's work in his spirit and honor and a compass to guide us to do good for all. Thank you."

JenLaw: "The family is in my heart and prayers. I also lost a son this year who was in his young 20's. I set up a scholarship in his name and it brings me joy. It is what he would have wanted. It is a wonderful thing you are doing and bless your hearts."

Others said they found inspiration.

kgh98: "May God bless this good and generous family. They could solely have been consumed in their grief but instead found a way to create a lasting legacy to their son's life. Such a selfless and courageous act. The world needs more people like this.

kim osborne: "I admire this family and their efforts to help people live a happy life. A lot of people say one person cannot make a difference; this is proof that one person can and has!"

Then there's the story of Marine Cpl. Juan Dominguez, who lost three limbs in an explosion in Afghanistan.

Triple-amputee veteran gets 'smart' home on September 11

The 28-year-old veteran was scheduled to get a "smart" home on September 11, and he also received a lot of hopeful comments from readers.

1musicman: "He is a true patriot and is deserving of the home that the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is providing to him and his family. I'm glad to see times changing and the vets are being taken care of."

CanadianinLA: "This is the best story of the day! I hope that this brave man and his brave family enjoy their new home!"

Chichetr: "I flew Huey slicks in Vietnam from 5/'68 to 5/'69. I saw thousands of our boys get killed or horribly disfigured during my time in the Nam. After going into dozens and dozens of hot LZs to drop new 'bodies' only to be loaded up with the dead or horribly wounded, I can safely say that the war has scarred me and the others who were with me forever. Our war wasn't over when we came home. I've had people spit in my face and call me names that I wouldn't dare repeat. I sincerely hope that more of our boys returning home get the same treatment as this young man who gave everything but his life."

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Compiled by the moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

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  1. saywhat

    Wish you the best for your son and may he recover fully and soon-Amen. Your courage and spirit should be an inspiration for many of us. Stride on, friend.
    good morning@banasy.

    September 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    I have been noticing lately that my posts usually end up somewhere between older posts not where they should be in the Q. ??
    Perhaps CNN would rather that these 'annoying" comments don't get noticed?

    September 12, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Pat Powers

    In reference to Mitt Romney's comment regarding the Presidents response to the death of the Embassy Consulate: Romney's comment tells me one thing. He believes in the Republican party more than the USA. That is exactly what is wrong with our country today. Romney should have come forth and said he agreed and stands with the President of the USA in this incident. Our Country comes first. Some one should remind Mr Romney.

    September 12, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Paulk

    Concerning 9/11/2001: This will probably get deleted (we'll see), and I'm not trying to start any controversy. I'm just trying to share some info and get people to think, IF they have an open mind. I'm not asking u to believe me either.

    I'm asking if you've ever seen any bldgs falling down on the news – they were brought down on purpose to make room for new bldgs or other things. If you have seen them, you probably noticed that most of them fell very straight, very fast, and ended up in one neat pile for the most part. Would you agree with that?

    Now, keeping that in mind, we were told that fire brought down the twin towers after airplanes crashed into them, right?

    Can you see them falling in your mind? Did you notice how fast and straight they fell, and there was hardly any steel or anything else left that was bigger than a person, if that big even, other than the few steel beams (compared to the thousands in the bldgs b-4 they came down) we saw after the dust settled.

    Finally, Engineers and Physics (among many other) Experts, are telling the truth that fire alone could NOT have brought down the towers. Again, don't believe me. Use your brain, compare what you've seen and KNOW, and then look at the following sites to get more info: and

    If you agree with what you see, then please help spread the word so the TRUTH will be known. Thank you.


    September 18, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. icon package

    It to me is boring.

    October 7, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
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