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September 11, 2001, a day we will never forget

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This year September 11th marks the fifth anniversary of the day terrorists highjacked four U.S. commercial airliners and crashed them in deadly suicide attacks into the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon near Washington, D.C. and a rural field in Shanksville, PA.

For many people the day simply known as 9/11 is one that most will always remember. But when it's the day that you would normally celebrate your birthday it's even more unforgettable.

A few Virgos born on September 11th share their memories of that day with JET and talk about how they are welcoming another year in 2006.

Actress Taraji P. Henson, co-star of the hit movie Hustle and Flow, was in Los Angeles when the attacks happened. Her mother, who resides in Washington, D.C., told her about the tragic news.

"I remember it like it was yesterday," she recalls. "My phone rang really early. I knew it was my mother because she likes to be the first to wish me happy birthday. I picked up the phone and she's just in tears saying 'America is under Attack!'"

Henson, is celebrating turning 36 this year in Rome , Italy .

However, she recalls that in spite of that day's tragic events she still managed to celebrate her birthday with friends.

"Once everybody's families were accounted for we could breathe a little easier. My friends went out and got me a cake and we just celebrated life."

Former Las Vegas entertainer Lola Falana says that her memories of that birthday actually begin on September 10th. According to Falana, who now lives her life as an evangelist, she had been praying to God before retiring for bed when she "had a vision" and heard a "voice."

The voice said, "Today is the last day things will be as they are. Tomorrow nothing will be the same again," she explains.

The next day Falana, who resided in Las Vegas at the time, received a call from her mother in Philadelphia about the attacks.

"It made me become a servant for God..." says Falana, who will be in her mid-60s this month. "I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God lives and that He is the authority on everything on this earth. What He allows is for the greater good for humanity."

This year she is celebrating by going to church Mass and spending time with the people she loves.

This month Christine Harris, a public relations and fund-raising consultant in the Bay Area, is bringing in her 57th birthday with friends at a jazz concert in San Jose, CA. In 2001 the former journalist spent her birthday on the other side of the world in South Africa with a journalism delegation flying to the city of Grahamstown.

To this day she keeps a small sphinx, a birthday gift from an Egyptian member of the delegation, in her office as "a permanent reminder of international brotherhood and goodwill."

"On my birthday I acknowledge that hate and fear exist in the world and I celebrate love, abundance, generosity and courage," states Harris.

"In the end there are forces of love in the world and forces of hate in the world. I choose to line myself with love."


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