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#145328 - 09/11/02 05:42 PM A DAY OF REMEMBRANCE...
Sandshaker Offline
Two Thousand One - Nine Eleven

Two thousand one, nine eleven
Five thousand plus arrive in heaven
As they pass through the gate,
Thousands more appear in wait
A bearded man with stovepipe hat
Steps forward saying, "Lets sit, lets chat"

They settle down in seats of clouds
A man named Martin shouts out proud
"I have a dream!" and once he did
The Newcomer said, "Your dream still lives."

Groups of soldiers in blue and gray
Others in khaki, and green then say
"We're from Bull Run, Yorktown, the Maine"
The Newcomer said, "You died not in vain."

>From a man on sticks one could hear
"The only thing we have to fear.
The Newcomer said, "We know the rest,
trust us sir, we've passed that test."

"Courage doesn't hide in caves
You can't bury freedom, in a grave,"
The Newcomers had heard this voice before
A distinct Yankees twang from Hyannisport shores

A silence fell within the mist
Somehow the Newcomer knew that this
Meant time had come for her to say
What was in the hearts of the five thousand plus that day

"Back on Earth, we wrote reports,
Watched our children play in sports
Worked our gardens, sang our songs
Went to church and clipped coupons
We smiled, we laughed, we cried, we fought
Unlike you, great we're not"

The tall man in the stovepipe hat
Stood and said, "Don't talk like that!
Look at your country, look and see
You died for freedom, just like me"

Then, before them all appeared a scene
Of rubbled streets and twisted beams
Death, destruction, smoke and dust
And people working just 'cause they must

Hauling ash, lifting stones,
Knee deep in hell, but not alone
"Look! Blackman, Whiteman, Brownman, Yellowman
Side by side helping their fellow man!"

So said Martin, as he watched the scene
"Even from nightmares, can be born a dream."

Down below three firemen raised
The colors high into ashen haze
The soldiers above had seen it before
On Iwo Jima back in '44

The man on sticks studied everything closely
Then shared his perceptions on what he saw mostly
"I see pain, I see tears,
I see sorrow -- but I don't see fear."

"You left behind husbands and wives
Daughters and sons and so many lives
are suffering now because of this wrong
But look very closely. You're not really gone.

All of those people, even those who've never met you
All of their lives, they'll never forget you
Don't you see what has happened?
Don't you see what you've done?
You've brought them together, together as one.

With that the man in the stovepipe hat said
"Take my hand," and from there he led
five thousand plus heroes, Newcomers to heaven
On this day, two thousand one, nine eleven

My tribute to those we lost http://dir.remember.yahoo.com/view/2eea2ab4

You can add your tribute too.

God bless us all.

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#145329 - 09/11/02 06:10 PM Re: A DAY OF REMEMBRANCE...
Ernie B Offline
GOD BLESS AMERICA.......AMEN
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#145330 - 09/11/02 10:54 PM Re: A DAY OF REMEMBRANCE...
CHOOCHOO Offline
I don't normally do things like this, but my sister, who has the misfortune of living in the Motor City, sent this to me. Mitch is best known for his sports and human interest columns. I'm going with Mitch.

September 11, 2002
BY MITCH ALBOM
FREE PRESS COLUMNIST
A message to Osama bin Laden on the one-year anniversary of his terror:
You failed.
If you are dead, you failed, because you are not in some blessed place,
sitting under the Yum Yum tree. You are in a corner of hell reserved for
murderers.
And if you live on, you failed, too. Because you are hidden in some cave in
a
forsaken corner of the world, forced to recognize the truth: What you
sought
to weaken, you fortified. What you sought to terrorize, you emboldened.
How does it feel, to have so woefully miscalculated? We are smarter,
stronger, more aware and more involved. We treat our neighbors with more
patience and our country with more love.
If you sought to destroy our spirit, you failed.
If you sought to destroy our will, you failed.
And if you sought to destroy our institutions, you failed, big time, even
on
the very day you had the advantage. One of the four planes you stole last
Sept. 11 did not even make its mark. It was retaken by passengers who
proved
there is no need to fear you or your cowardly henchmen. With two words,
"Let's roll," that plane was driven into the ground, and instead of taking
down a monument, it became one. Its Pennsylvania crash site is an
inspirational place.
For us, not for you.
You gave us something to feel good about.
How does it feel?
You failed.
If you planned on demoralizing us, you failed.
If you planned on dividing us, you failed.
If you planned on destabilizing us, we're still here. Our streets, our
schools, our government, our freedom. You, on the other hand, lost your
sand
lot. You lost your real estate. You lost your roof and your umbrella, your
shelter from the storm, you lost something all of us can claim, but you no
longer can. You lost your home.
You lost your friendly host, the Taliban. You lost caves and training camps
and what little infrastructure you had. You scatter with a breeze, leaving
maps and tapes and bags and boots as you race for a place to hide, a bug
scampering behind the refrigerator. Do you think people are inspired by
such
flight? Do you think people admire it?
If you sought to command respect, you failed.
And if you sought to affect our patriotism -- well, you couldn't have done
much worse. In a single day, thanks to your heinous act, this nation
transformed, from a people who saw their country as a place worth enjoying,
to a people who saw their country as a place worth saving.
You made us fierce. You made us united. You made us mad, and that's a
deadly
thing to do.
But if you sought to make us fear you, you failed.
If you sought to make us respect you, you failed.
If you sought to make us listen to you, you failed. Most people don't even
bother with the translation of your cryptic messages anymore. We flip
channels. We move on. We ignore your hate.
If you sought to win converts, you lost.
If you sought to make things better for your people, you lost.
If you sought to rally Muslims to your warped and pathetic view, you lost
more than you can calculate. Life has rarely been worse for those who
follow
your religion. They are scrutinized, harassed, singled out and picked on.
They hate this. But they hate you more for bringing it upon them. You did
not
gain their allegiance, only their wrath.
If you sought to unnerve us, you lost.
If you sought to undermine us, you lost.
If you sought to put a permanent dent in the American economy, well, look
again. The airlines are still flying. Wall Street still functions. Your
financial flow, on the other hand, has never been more scrutinized. And
while
we haven't shut off every faucet, we've shut a few. The world is not your
ATM
anymore.
How does it feel?
If you dreamed of victory, you failed.
If you dreamed of domination, you failed.
If you dreamed of Muslims on one side, Westerners on the other, you failed.
And if you dreamed of glory and righteousness and, most of all, your god's
blessing -- you do not have it. No matter how many times you invoke his
name,
you do not have it. No god loves you. No god forgives you. No god blesses
you. No god condones you.
Today we remember your day of destruction, but not you. Today we honor
those
who fell, but not you. We suffered that day, we suffered and we grieved,
but
then we did what we do best. We came back stronger. We came back united. We
stood up straight and resolved more than ever that our way of life is
precious and true and loving and right.
We buried our dead. We mourned for them. Today, we remember. But tomorrow,
the world goes on.
You failed, bin Laden, in every important way. It is one year after your
fire
in the sky. We've cleaned up our ashes.
The only ones left are yours.

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#145331 - 09/11/02 11:11 PM Re: A DAY OF REMEMBRANCE...
susangg Offline
Wow, Tammy...did you write that? Awesome...
I had to run to the hankie box a couple of times before it was done...
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#145332 - 09/12/02 05:48 AM Re: A DAY OF REMEMBRANCE...
Sandshaker Offline
Not the poem Susan....just the tribute tile on yahoo.
A good friend of mine sent the poem to me this morning. I had the same reaction...and thought I'd share it.

I think a year later, people are still in shock over the enormity of it all.

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#145333 - 09/13/02 01:45 AM Re: A DAY OF REMEMBRANCE...
SanHam Offline
Sandshaker - I find that poem very touching and hope those who lost love ones on 9/11 find it comforting. ChooChoo - I, who have the GOOD fortune of living in the motor city, also read Mitch's words which were the entire front page of the Free Press. During my moment of silence, I chose to pray more for collective thoughts of peace and comfort for all who experienced loss all over the world, rather than revenge and the "we're gonna get you" writings that have been so prevelent during this time. Some are very disheartening.

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