I’m betting we all remember exactly where we were and what we were doing on 9/11/2001 at 8:46 a.m. I was at home, busily writing while my husband was at work, my youngest daughter was at boarding school in Dallas, and my youngest son was still asleep upstairs. I didn’t know about the attack right away because I didn’t have the TV on and I didn’t have Facebook at that time. It wasn’t until people in my writer’s groups on Yahoo started posting about it that I learned what had happened. I spent the next couple of hours glued to the television and trying to reach my husband.
He was out on a concrete job and didn’t have a cell phone, so I couldn’t get a hold of him. Finally, I couldn’t stand it any longer and I headed for Dallas, driving way faster than I should have, to pick up my daughter. There were reports that Dallas might also be targeted and I wanted her home with us. All the way there, I cried and prayed for those affected, not knowing my own niece was just blocks away, headed for the WTC, at the time it happened.
In retrospect, I shouldn’t have pulled my daughter out of school for two days, but like most of the rest of the nation I felt a little panicked and very much shaken. After I got her home, I sat down and poured my emotions out in a poem. That poem ended up in our local newspaper, sponsored by most of the businesses in our small town, in a full page spread.
Today, as we remember those who were lost and those who so bravely fought to save them, here is that poem. Let us never forget.
A moment forever frozen in time
In all of our hearts and all of our minds
As we watched with horror what a few evil men
Can do with hatred and evil intent.
So many emotions filled us that day
Stunned disbelief, anguish, anger, and pain.
Our minds as clouded as New York’s city streets
We could only pray and tremble and weep.
We waited for news of loved ones so dear
And listened to stories of bravery and fear.
We cried with the mothers and fathers and wives
We grieve for the children who want to know why.
How can we answer their questions when we,
as adults never dreamed how evil mankind could be?
So we hold our own close, so glad they are safe
And ask God to surround them with angels each day.
Then we lift our heads high and stand firm and tall
As we proclaim to the world that our country won’t fall.
We stand united, red, black, white and brown.
And say you can’t keep America down.
We’ll see these men punished for what they have done,
No stone left unturned till we’ve found every one.
We’ll pray for our soldiers as they fight and they win,
Then we’ll put it behind us and build once again.
But we’ll never forget the ones who were lost
in airplanes and buildings, we’ve counted the cost.
We’ll mourn and grieve the heroes once more,
and emerge even stronger than ever before.
God bless America, this land of the free
May you always reign righteous and always believe
In the Almighty God who holds us upright
And ever continue, for our freedom, to fight.