911 Writings -- (As received, collected and posted by |*|James L. Steele)

|*|The day was Tuesday, September 11,
|*|When many Americans were sent to Heaven.
|*|None of them had time to think or react;
|*|It took just an instant to become a fact.
|*|Good-byes were said by only a choice few,
|*|Using cell phones to warn--peace was askew.
|*|As folks in New York went about their morning,
|*|Work at the Pentagon was as usual -- no warning.
|*|Terrorists had a plan to destroy our peace;
|*|But America's faith & belief will never cease.
|*|We have a huge wound set deep, and are weeping for sure,
|*|But will recover, be stronger and forever endure.
|*|Our peace is too precious to give up to a few,
|*|We will do whatever it takes to rebuild anew.
|*|All who perished in horror, whose cries are still loud,
|*|Will give us the strength to wave Old Glory & be proud!
|*|By: Juanita A. Spaulding

|*|A Day of Infamy
|*|This is my country,
|*|You terrorists have attacked.
|*|I want you to know,
|*|That it will not go unanswered.
|*|It will go down in history
|*|As another display of infamy.
|*|Those were innocent people you killed;
|*|They did you no harm,
|*|Or gave you hatred.
|*|There won't be a place to hide,
|*|Because the good Lord knows who
|*|To attribute those fine souls to.
|*|You, who think it funny,
|*|Who shout and yell and cheer,
|*|Just damned your own.
|*|So learn to fear,
|*|A cry for justice you will hear.
|*|Evelyn Ruth Snow
|*|Copyright ©2001 Evelyn Snow

|*|America Does Not Fear
|*|Let us sing the song of freedom,
|*|for everyone to hear.
|*|To let those know both near and far,
|*|America does not fear.
|*|We all will stand together,
|*|as now we know we should.
|*|To overcome and surge ahead,
|*|to protect what's right and good.
|*|And let us not forget the ones,
|*|that put lives on the line,
|*|The bravest of us all it seems,
|*|who went before their time.
|*|We have a task ahead of us,
|*|that seems so hard to do.
|*|But we have faith,
|*|we have the strength,
|*|the power to pull through.
|*|We trust in all our leaders,
|*|to guide us on our course.
|*|To punish all that are involved,
|*|and use whatever force.
|*|Don't let the few who can't relate,
|*|tear all of us apart.
|*|No matter what our color or creed,
|*|We are Americans at heart.
|*|Author: Scot Davis

|*|A Canadian Condolence
|*|It's with deepest sympathy I write this poem.
|*|To all Americans in their great native home
|*|Nine, Eleven, Zero One (9/11/01)
|*|It's forever etched in the minds of everyone
|*|The brave souls lost on this disastrous day
|*|Will NOT long be forgotten in any minuet way
|*|This fateful day that has affected us all
|*|Has made your people stand more just and tall
|*|With people's spirits unbounded to no end
|*|The world watches proudly as you try to mend
|*|Losses, grieve and sorrow that surround you
|*|Take comfort, a world's strength is behind you
|*|I know, Freedom, Justice and Liberty for all
|*|And uniting together was this country's call
|*|With this as your backbone for all to see
|*|I know your country will always live free
|*|With a heart wrenching feeling of deep sorrow
|*|For losses suffered from this act so immoral
|*|My condolences to a people steadfast and true
|*|For believing in themselves and a future anew.
|*|Written by: Blandine Chura

|*|An Open Letter to the Coward Terrorists:
|*|Your mission has not been accomplished! Yes, you have destroyed buildings
|*|and taken thousands of lives, but you have not killed the American spirit.
|*|Americans do not go in hiding to lick their wounds. They stand tall and firm
|*|and fight back. We will never let cowards of any kind destroy us. Your
|*|colleagues have died in vane, but our deaths were not meaningless.
|*|This horrible tragedy has served as a wake up call for the rest of the
|*|world. They now realize that this could happen to them and they have joined
|*|forces with us against the terrorists. Your terrorists have accomplished one
|*|thing--they have united the world against themselves. While you terrorists
|*|may have felt you had an enemy in the Unites States of America, you now have
|*|enemies all over the world who are bent on destroying you.
|*|You have given us Americans another opportunity to show the rest of the
|*|world our strength and our ability to come together and to recover from
|*|whatever adversity strikes us. We have helped so many countries on so many
|*|occasions but we stood alone through many tragic events, floods, tornados,
|*|earthquakes and no one offered aid. Well, you have changed that. You have
|*|united the people of the world against your kind of violence and they will
|*|not stand for it. You will not be able to hide-no one will harbor you for
|*|they know that they too will be punished. You will be found and will be
|*|severely punished not only by men but God as well
|*|Louella M. Kelly
|*|One Proud American

|*|Date: Sat, 15 Sep 2001 23:10:18 EDT
|*|This, from a Canadian newspaper, is worth sharing.
|*|America: The Good Neighbor.
|*|Widespread but only partial news coverage was given
|*|recently to a remarkable editorial broadcast from
|*|Toronto by Gordon Sinclair, a Canadian television
|*|commentator. What follows is the full text of his
|*|trenchant remarks as printed in the Congressional
|*|"This Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the
|*|Americans as the most generous and possibly the least
|*|appreciated people on all the earth. Germany, Japan
|*|and, to a lesser extent, Britain and Italy were lifted
|*|out of the debris of war by the Americans who poured
|*|in billions of dollars and forgave other billions in
|*|debts. None of these countries is today paying even
|*|the interest on its remaining debts to the United
|*|States. When France was in danger of collapsing in
|*|1956, it was the Americans who propped it up, and
|*|their reward was to be insulted and swindled on the
|*|streets of Paris. I was there. I saw it.
|*|When earthquakes hit distant cities, it is the United
|*|States that hurries in to help. This spring, 59
|*|American communities were flattened by tornadoes.
|*|Nobody helped. The Marshall Plan and the Truman Policy
|*|pumped billions of dollars! into discouraged
|*|countries. Now newspapers in those countries are
|*|writing about the decadent, warmongering Americans.
|*|I'd like to see just one of those countries that is
|*|gloating over the erosion of the United States dollar
|*|build its own airplane. Does any other country in the
|*|world have a plane to equal the Boeing Jumbo Jet, the
|*|Lockheed Tri-Star, or the Douglas DC10? If so, why
|*|don't they fly them? Why do all the International
|*|lines except Russia fly American Planes?
|*|Why does no other land on earth even consider putting
|*|a man or woman on the moon? You talk about Japanese
|*|technocracy, and you get radios. You talk about German
|*|technocracy, and you get automobiles. You talk about
|*|American technocracy, and you find men on the moon -!
|*|not once, but several times - and safely home again.
|*|You talk about scandals, and the Americans put theirs
|*|right in the store window for everybody to look at.
|*|Even their draft-dodgers are not pursued and hounded.
|*|They are here on our streets, and most of them, unless
|*|they are breaking Canadian laws, are getting American
|*|dollars from ma and pa at home to spend here.
|*|When the railways of France, Germany and India were
|*|breaking down through age, it was the Americans who
|*|rebuilt them. When the Pennsylvania Railroad and the
|*|New York Central went broke, nobody loaned them an old
|*|caboose. Both are still broke. I can name you 5000
|*|times when the Americans raced to the help of other
|*|people in trouble. Can you name me even one time when
|*|someone else raced to the Americans in trouble? I
|*|don't think there was outside help even during the San
|*|Francisco earthquake. Our neighbors have faced it
|*|alone, and I'm one Canadian who is damned tired of
|*|hearing them get kicked around. They will come out of
|*|this thing with their flag high. And when they do,
|*|they are entitled to thumb their nose at the lands
|*|that are gloating over their present troubles. I hope
|*|Canada is not one of those."
|*|Stand proud, America!
|*|Canadian Newspaper, Author Unknown

Created: November 27, 2001  JSteele