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"Freedom itself was attacked this morning by a face-less coward - and freedom will be defended ..." ~ President George W. Bush

It was something we never thought we'd see.
It could never happen to you and to me.

An attack against all civilization,
An attack that shocked our nation.

Four airliners, all hijacked,
A precise and planned attack,

Fueled by evil, a merciless crime.
The worst terrorist act of all time.

The World Trade Center towers,
Symbols of our financial power

Crumbling, falling, cascading down,
Concrete and debris, hitting the ground.

So many families torn apart,
A tragedy felt in all of our hearts.

If we're ever to overcome this devastation
We must pull together as a nation.

To the victims' families, we send our prayers and love
As we seek guidance and hope from our LORD above.

~Author Unknown

"I hear you, America hears you, and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear from all of us soon."   ~ President George W. Bush


On Monday there were people fighting against praying in schools,
On Tuesday you would have been hard pressed to find a school where someone wasn't praying.

On Monday there were people trying to separate each other by race, sex, color and creed,
On Tuesday they were all holding hands.

On Monday we thought that we were secure,
On Tuesday we learned better.

On Monday we were talking about heroes as being athletes,
On Tuesday we relearned what hero meant.

On Monday people went to work at the World Trade Center as usual.
On Tuesday they died.

On Monday people were fighting the 10 Commandments on government property,
On Tuesday the same people all said, 'God help us all,' while thinking, 'Thou shall not kill.'

On Monday people argued with their kids about picking up their room,
On Tuesday the same people could not get home fast enough to hug their kids.

On Monday people picked up McDonalds for dinner,
On Tuesday they stayed home.

On Monday people were upset that their dry cleaning was not ready on time,
On Tuesday they were lining up to give blood for the dying.

On Monday politicians argued about budget surpluses,
On Tuesday, grief stricken, they sang 'God Bless America.'

On Monday we worried about the traffic and getting to work late,
On Tuesday we worried about a plane crashing into your house or place of business.

On Monday we were irritated that our rebate checks had not arrived,
On Tuesday we saw people celebrating people dying in the USA.

On Monday some children had solid families,
On Tuesday they were orphans.

On Monday the president was going to Florida to read to children,
On Tuesday he returned to Washington to protect our children.

On Monday we emailed jokes,
On Tuesday we did not ...


INTERESTING? The date of the attack: 9/11.....9+1+1=11
September 11th is the 254th day of the year:  2+5+4=11
After September 11th there are 111 days left to the end of the year.
119 is the area code to Iraq/Iran.  1+1+9=11
Twin Towers... standing side by side, looks like the number 11
The first plane to hit the towers was Flight 11
But wait......There's more....
State of New York... The 11th State added to the Union
New York City....11 Letters
Afghanistan....11 Letters
The Pentagon....11 Letters
Ramzi Yousef....11 Letters (convicted of orchestrating the attack on the WTC in 1993)
Flight 11...92 on board...9+2=11
Flight 77...65 on board...6+5=11
Dead & Missing of the WTC....2801...2+8+0+1=11
When we have an emergency we call 9-1-1

Download a copy of New York Post's September 18, 2001
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~Author Unknown

I am the flag of the United States of America.  My name is OLD GLORY.
I fly atop the world's tallest buildings.   I stand watch in America's halls of justice.
I fly majestically over institutions of learning.
I stand guard with power in the world.   Look up and see me.
I stand for Peace, Honor, Truth and Justice.   I stand for Freedom.
I am confident.   I am arrogant.  I am Proud.

When I am flown with my fellow banners, my head is a little higher,
My colors a little truer.  I bow to no one!
I am recognized all over the world.   I am worshipped - I am saluted.
I am loved - I am revered.   I am respected - and I am feared.

I have fought in every battle of every war for more then 200 years.
I was flown at Valley Forge, Gettysburg, Shiloh and Appomattox.
I was there at San Juan Hill, the trenches of France,
In the Argonne Forest, Anzio, Rome, and the beaches of Normandy, Guam, Okinawa.
The people of Korea, Vietnam and Kuwait know me as a banner of Freedom.

I was there.  I led my troops, I was dirty, battleworn and tired,
But my soldiers cheered me and I was Proud.
I have been burned, torn and trampled
On the streets of countries I have helped set free.
It does not hurt, for I am invincible.
I have slipped the bonds of Earth and stood watch over the
Uncharted frontiers of space from my vantage point on the moon.
I have borne silent witness to all of America's finest hours.
But my finest hours are yet to come.

When I am torn into strips and used as bandages
For my wounded comrades on the battlefield,
When I am flown at half-mast to honor my countryman,
when I lie in the trembling arms of a grieving parent
At the grave of their fallen son or daughter,
Or in the arms of a child or spouse who will have to go on
Without one who gave their life in a national disaster
To save the life of another, as so many did at the Pentagon
Or the World Trade Center Towers on 9/11/01.


Firemen's Prayer

When I am called to duty, God,
Whenever Flames may rage,
Give me strength to save some life
Whatever be its age.
Help me embrace a little child
Before it is to late,
Or save an old person
From the horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert
And hear the weakest shout.
To quickly and efficiently
Put the fire out.
I want to fill my calling
And to give the best in me,
To guard my every neighbor
And protect his property.
And if according to my fate ....
I am to lose my life,
Please bless with your protecting hand
My children and my wife.

Author Unknown


08:45 EDT:  A passenger jet crashes into the north tower of the World Trade Center.
American Airlines Flight 11, from Boston to Los Angeles, with 81 passengers, nine flight attendants and two pilots.

09:03 EDT:  A second airliner crashes into its twin south tower, causing a devastating explosion.
United Airlines Flight 175, from Boston to Los Angeles, with 56 passengers, two pilots and seven flight attendants.

09:10 EDT:  In Florida President Bush is reading to children in a classroom when his chief of staff, Andrew Card, whispers news of the attacks into his ear.

09:20 EDT:  The FBI investigates reports of planes being hijacked before the World Trade Center crashes.

09:29 EDT:  First reports of casualties indicate that at least six people were killed, with at least 1,000 injured.

09:30 EDT:  U.S. President George W. Bush declares: "We have had a national tragedy.  Two airplanes have crashed into the World Trade Center in an apparent terrorist attack on our country."

09:43 EDT:  Abu Dhabi television reports it received a call from the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, claiming responsibility for crashing two planes into the WTC.  However, leading officials later deny the claim.

09:43 EDT:  Another plane crashes into the Pentagon in Washington. &bnsp;The nerve center of the U.S. military bursts into flames and a portion of one side of the five-sided structure collapses.
American Airlines Flight 77 from Dulles to Los Angeles with 58 passengers, four flight attendants and two pilots crashed next to the Pentagon.  About 10 minutes later, a portion of the Pentagon collapses.

09:45 EDT:  The White House and The Capitol are evacuated amid further threats.

09:50 EDT:  All airports across the U.S. shut down.

10:10 EDT:  United Flight 93, en route from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco, crashes near Pittsburgh, north of the Somerset County Airport.  Officials believe that plane may have been headed toward Camp David (the presidential retreat in Maryland), the Capitol Building or the White House.

10:07 EDT:  The south tower of the World Trade Center collapses.

10:27 EDT:  The north tower of the World Trade Center collapses.

12:33 EDT:  United Airlines confirms a second of its plane has crashed at an unknown location.

12:39 EDT:  Bush makes second statement, vows to hunt down and punish those responsible.

13:20 EDT:  Bush leaves Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana for an undisclosed location.

14:48 EDT:  New York's mayor Rudy Giuliani says the eventual death toll from Tuesday's attack may be "more than any of us can bear".

16:25 EDT:  The American Stock Exchange, the Nasdaq and the New York Stock Exchange say they will remain closed on Wednesday.

16:30 EDT:  President Bush leaves Offutt Air Force Base aboard Air Force One to return to Washington where he will make a nationally televised address.

17:20 EDT:  Forty-seven story building 7 adjacent to the ruins of the World Trade Center collapses.


Click here to see the faces of those we lost on September 11, 2001


O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties Above the fruited plain!
America!  America!  GOD shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet, Whose stern impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat Across the wilderness!
America!  America! GOD mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law!

O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved, And mercy more than life!
America!  America!  May GOD thy gold refine,
Till all success be nobleness, And every gain divine!

O beautiful for patriot dream That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam, Undimmed by human tears!
America!  America!  GOD shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea!


~Samuel A. Ward, 1882 - Katherine L. Bates, 1893

     PSALM 54

Save me, O GOD, by Your Name;
Vindicate me by Your might.
Hear my prayers, O GOD;
Listen to the words of my mouth.
Strangers are attacking me;
Ruthless men seek my life -
Men without regard for GOD.
Surely GOD is my help;
The LORD is the one who sustains me.
Let evil recoil on those who slander me;
I will sacrifice a freewill offering to You;
I will praise Your Name, O LORD, for it is good.
For He has delivered me from all my troubles,
And my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes.

by William Tyler Page

I believe in the United States of America as a Government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect Union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.  I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it; to support its Constitution; to obey its laws; to respect its flag; and to defend it against all enemies.

The Good Neighbor.

From a Canadian newspaper

"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, war-mongering 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 broken.   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 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!"

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