It was a day like any other. Early Fall.
A beautiful cool day with clear blue skies.
All over America people woke up and went about
their daily routines.
Got ready for work. Cooked breakfasts.
Got the kids off to school. Fed their dogs.
Then it happened.
The word went out on televisions, radios, telephones, neighbor to neighbor.
The unthinkable had happpened. We were suddenly and inexplicably at war.
No one told us it was war at first, but we knew.
What else do you call the slaughter of 3000+ innocents?
And so we say to those who perished that awful Autumn day,
those who died in New York City, in Washington D.C
and in a field in Shanksville, Pa:
WE WILL NEVER FORGET.
The moms and the dads who will never hold their babies again,
never tuck them in again at night, never help them with their homework or see them graduate.
The businessmen and women, the citizens from the 70+ countries besides the U.S.,
and the children, their lives cut so tragically short. The firefighters and policemen
who died so others might live.
Your blood was shed that day.
The blood of those who dared this atrocity will be shed in turn.
We have never been a vengeful nation.
Not until now.
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed;
perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned;
struck down, but not destroyed."
~ 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
Great tragedy has come to us and we are
meeting it with the best that is in our country,
with courage and concern for others.
Because this is America.
This is who we are.
-President George W. Bush
Sept. 15, 2001
credit Spencer Platt/Getty images
The Pentagon, 9-11-01
"Greater love hath no man than
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