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Tomorrow it will be twenty years since the 9/11 attacks. It seems like both ancient history yet simultaneously like it was just yesterday. Over 3000 died that day and more of residual effects since then. It is seared in the memory of many of us- And yet for so many of our younger population, it is just another footnote in history class. They might politely stand quietly but it just isn’t as real to them in the same way that Pearl Harbor and Gettysburg are for we older folks. So be sure not just to take a moment to reflect yourself but to tell our kids and other young people about 9/11.
The sun shone bright that Tuesday morn just twenty years ago-
Of what would soon transpire there was just no way to know.
The world would change forever as the towers tumbled down
The Pentagon was burning and a fourth plane hit the ground.
For most of us the tv footage seemed almost unreal-
We sat there stunned-unable to express the way he pictures made us feel.
As hours passed we learned of those who overcame their fears
And ran towards the dangers even as they shed their tears.
A phrase by Admiral Nimitz came to mind for me that day
“uncommon valor was a common virtue” so they say.
The first responders gave their lives without a second thought
And countless lives were also saved because the passengers fought
The masterminds of evil thought they triumphed but instead
The free world was united and after mourning its dead
The perpetrators were tracked down and paid the price for their misdeeds.
And others made aware their plans would surly not succeed.
So take the time-reflect on those whose lives that day were lost
And those who shed their blood -and remember there’s a cost
For freedom isn’t free-and it’s not simply a notion.
and far too many gave their last full measure of devotion
NEVER FORGET-NYC, DC, AND THE PASSENGERS OF FLIGHT 93
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