Remembering 9/11

September 2011

9/11 will forever have an impact in my life. It was such a shocking event.

I was 19 at the time and I had trouble sleeping so I would sleep with the TV on.

It was on the news and I heard the news anchors stop what they were talking about and they started talking about a plane crash.

I couldn't believe a plane had just crashed into the world trade center, and the events that followed after were even more shocking.

I was watching live footage and when I saw the other plane flying so low, I knew then what was happening.

We always hear of terrorist attacks in other countries, but I couldn't believe it was happening here!

We have had some bad things happen before, like with the Oklahoma City bombings, but nothing of this magnitude.

I want to say thank you to all the men and women who did everything they could that day to help others.

Today we honor the victims and the heroes of 9/11.

Let the world always remember,
That fateful day in September,
And the ones who answered duties 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

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