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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Reflection & Tributes

At the heart of Awakenings you will find defining moments reflective of the greatness of America...My America, YOUR America, Our America! The Voices of America speak loud and clear of the people, for the people, by the people. America's freedom came at a high price of sacrifice. While freedom has been won, the fight to maintain that freedom still goes on.

On this date, September 11, 2001, a dark day in America's history succumbed to a series of deadly terrorist attacks striking the areas of New York City and Washington, D.C.. The destruction of the Twin Towers caused serious damage to the economy of Lower Manhattan and had a significant impact on global markets.

Click 9/11 by Bruce Dodson
Reality in Darkness

What started across the sea now struck home
at the heart, mind, and soul of America.
A beautiful day under clear, sunny skies
unfolded a threat of terror's reality in darkness.
 
A lifeless cloud descended
Upon a splendid city
Raining hatred and terror
Without regard or pity
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Nearly three thousand perished
More wounded or missing
Leaving behind a legacy
Well worth reminiscing
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There were those who survived
Needing the greatest of care
To understand, carry on
Through hope and endless prayer
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Let us not ever forget
America’s families and friends
Going about daily lives
Unsuspecting of terrorist ends


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That dismal, dark day in history
Brought about a stark reality
America is vulnerable
Amidst gracious hospitality
Connecting the past to the present…
“The attacks of September 11 were intended to break our spirit.
Instead we have emerged stronger and more unified…
We are more determined than ever to live our lives in freedom.”
—Mayor Rudolph “Rudy” Giuliani, New York City (in office 1994–2001)

©2012 Awakenings
Sharla Lee Shults

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We Shall Never Forget (9-11 Tribute)
by Alan W Jankowski · Sept 30, 2010

Oh, one could say a few things about this one...it's been in print at least 15 times that I'm aware of, and probably far more...and was used in more 9/11 ceremonies this past tenth anniversary than I will ever know...the stuff with the school kids, scout troupes and the like is always touching...made a list actually of some places it appeared... Click HERE!

Yeah, this one got pretty big...
We Shall Never Forget...
Let the world always remember,
That fateful day in September,
And the ones who answered duty's call,
Should be remembered by us all.

Who left the comfort of their home,
To face perils as yet unknown,
An embodiment of goodness on a day,
When men's hearts had gone astray.

Sons and daughters like me and you,
Who never questioned what they had to do,
Who by example, were a source of hope,
And strength to others who could not cope.

Heroes that would not turn their back,
With determination that would not crack,
Who bound together in their ranks,
And asking not a word of thanks.

Men who bravely gave their lives,
Whose orphaned kids and widowed wives,
Can proudly look back on their dad,
Who gave this country all they had.

Actions taken without regret,
Heroisms we shall never forget,
The ones who paid the ultimate price,
Let's never forget their sacrifice.

And never forget the ones no longer here,
Who fought for the freedoms we all hold dear,
And may their memory never wane,
Lest their sacrifices be in vain.
©2010
Alan W. Jankowski
Where were you when terror struck
at the heart of our nation?