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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.

Monday, September 10, 2012

This Day in History: 9/11/2001

A dark day in our history succombed to a series of deadly terrorist attacks striking the areas of New York City and Washington, D.C. on September 11, 2001. 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, 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...and it's only the first year...
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.
Alan W. Jankowski
Where were you when terror struck
at the heart of our nation?


  1. Getting dressed for another day of teaching high school.

  2. At work at Leavenworth, KS Walmart

  3. Unfortunately I was in POW type camp in Iran being held as a prisoner in case the USA retaliated against the Middle East. I was there for six weeks and tortured and starved. My book tells all about it www.loris-song.com God Bless everyone who went through it or lost loved ones.

    1. Lori, I sit here and ponder over the keyboard not knowing exactly what to say having not experienced myself anything of the nature which you endured. What a blessing that you survived and lived to tell your story. My heart goes out to you!

  4. I was at the vet's with two of our dogs.

  5. I was driving up the Garden State Parkway heading north, I didn't see the planes hit, but I could see the smoke and dust rising from the towers out my windshield...and thanks for using my poem Sharla...very touching...


  6. I lived across the water from it and gathered the whole family together at one house. Then we watched the TV and prayed that my son-in-law, in the secon tower as a search and rescue team, got out before the building imploded. He did but so many in his unti did not--plus so many we knew and so many more who had a near miss , including my grandson who would have normally been there working that day, but stayed hom. Read my fictional story about this--what might have happened on scoop.it, facebook and my blog.


  7. Getting ready to leave for a regular day at El Camino Middle School... We all held hands in the school yard, had a moment of since and prayer and sang, 'Let There Be Peace on Earth... and let it begin with ME.'

  8. What a fantastic post Sharla. So important to remember.