September 17th, 2001
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The Lady in the Harbor
By Steven H. McGarthwaite, (Parnelli)
September 11th, 2001, the day that will be remembered by all who were alive
when destruction fell out of the sky. The whole world stood still, in shock
that the United States of America had fallen victim to the worst act of
terrorism in the history of humankind.
We watched live television broadcast the second airliner as it crashed
into the second tower of the World Trade Center. It was only then we
found out we were not watching a terrible
accident, but the second attack on the United States of America.
Before the day was over, we saw the Pentagon hit by a third plane. Our
Government in Washington DC was dispersed to safe sites. We were left to wonder
who hated us so much that they would take so many innocent lives.
We shall grieve and mourn those who died that day, and will remember the
courage of those who responded without thought to save others at the risk of
their own lives.
Be thankful that those who planned this attack did not hit that which we
cherish most. The terrorists thought they had struck at what we hold most dear.
They struck at at symbols of monetary wealth by attacking the World Trade Center.
They struck at symbols of power by attacking the Pentagon. They were planning
to strike another symbol also, but that plane crashed because the passengers
overpowered the terrorists on the plane before they could carry out their plans.
130 years ago the people of France gave us a precious gift for the 100th birthday
of our country. The Statue of Liberty! While the Towers burned and
crumbled and people suffered to see them fall, she stood nearby
"Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she, with silent lips.
"Give me your tired, your poor, you huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless,
tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
The smoke and dust drifted in the air across the water. Tears in her eyes
she stood proud, for she knows her children. They are strong and will
prevail against all evil, and help her keep lit the light of of freedom and
democracy. She stands by the Golden Door.
May God Bless American as we grieve and mourn our loss. ~ Parnelli
Credits: Photo above AP Photo/Dan Loh.
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