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september 11 2001

On this day, September 11, 2001
A tragic attack has
been made on my sisters, brothers
and my nation.
I honor the lives that have been so needlessly
taken because of prejudice, judging and hate.
I honor the many who lost there lives
helping to save others.
I honor the ones that have worked
so hard and long to help so many.
I say prays for and
honor the families that
have lost loved ones to this
senseless act.

I stand tall and with pride as an
An American that will pray for
her losses and her pain of this loss.
Yes, they hurt us, but they have not
beaten us, not by far.
We are called
The UNITED States
And We Shall Stand United.

I Am Proud To Be An

We Will Not Forget

This page is to honor those that
died on September 11, 2001

 The God in me honors the God in you.

Photo by Thomas Franklin

Among the rubble, grief and
pain the Flag is raised
by Americans.

Passing Old Glory on

We'll go forward from this moment
by Leonard Pitts Jr. of the Miami Herald

"It's my job to have something to say.
 They pay me to provide words that help
make sense of that which
troubles the American soul.

But in this moment of airless shock when
 hot tears sting disbelieving eyes,
the only thing I can find to say,
the only words that seem to fit,
 must be addressed to the
 unknown author of this suffering.
"You monster. You beast.
You unspeakable bastard.
"What lesson did you hope to
teach us by your coward's
attack on our World Trade Center,
 our Pentagon, us?

What was it you hoped we would learn?
Whatever it was,
 please know that you failed.
"Did you want us to respect your cause?
You just damned your cause.
"Did you want to make us fear?
You just steeled our resolve.
"Did you want to tear us apart?
You just brought us together.

"Let me tell you about my people.
 We are a vast and quarrelsome family,
a family rent by racial, social,
 political and class division,
 but a family nonetheless.
 We're frivolous, yes,
 capable of expending tremendous emotional
energy on pop cultural minutiae
-- a singer's revealing dress,
a ball team's misfortune,
a cartoon mouse.
We're wealthy, too,
 spoiled by the ready availability of
trinkets and material goods,
 and maybe because of that,
 we walk through life with a
 certain sense of blithe entitlement.

We are fundamentally decent, though
 -- peace-loving and compassionate.
We struggle to know the right thing and to do it.
And we are, the overwhelming majority of us,
 people of faith,
believers in a just and loving God.

"Some people -- you, perhaps --
think that any or all of this makes us weak.
You're mistaken.
We are not weak.
 Indeed, we are strong in ways that
 cannot be measured by arsenals.

"Yes, we're in pain now.
 We are in mourning and we are in shock.
 We're still grappling with the
unreality of the awful thing you did,
still working to make ourselves understand
that this isn't a special effect from
 some Hollywood blockbuster,
 isn't the plot development
 from a Tom Clancy novel.

Both in terms of the awful scope of their
ambition and the probable final death toll,
your attacks are likely to go down as the
 worst acts of terrorism in the history
of the United States and, probably,
the history of the world.
You've bloodied us as we have
 never been bloodied before.

"But there's a gulf of difference between
making us bloody and making us fall.
 This is the lesson Japan was taught
to its bitter sorrow the last time
anyone hit us this hard,
the last time anyone brought us such abrupt
 and monumental pain.

When roused,
we are righteous in our outrage,
terrible in our force.
When provoked by this level of barbarism,
 we will bear any suffering, pay any cost,
 go to any length,
in the pursuit of justice.

"I tell you this without fear of contradiction.
I know my people, as you, think, do not.
What I know reassures me.
It also causes me to tremble
with dread of the future.

"In the days to come,
there will be recrimination and accusation,
fingers pointing to determine whose failure
 allowed this to happen and
what can be done to prevent
 it from happening again.
 There will be heightened security,
 misguided talk of revoking basic freedoms.
 We'll go forward from this moment sobered,
chastened, sad.
 But determined, too.
 Unimaginably determined.

 "You see,
 the steel in us is not always readily apparent.
That aspect of our character
is seldom understood by people
 who don't know us well.

On this day,
 the family's bickering is put on hold.
"As Americans we will weep,
as Americans we will mourn,
and as Americans,
we will rise in defense
of all that we cherish.

"So I ask again:
 What was it you hoped to teach us?
It occurs to me that maybe you just
wanted us to know the
depths of your hatred.
If that's the case,
 consider the message received.
And take this message in exchange:
You don't know my people.
You don't know what we're capable of.
You don't know what you just started.
"But you're about to learn."

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