A Tribute for 9-11-01

Everyone remembers
And has a story to tell
Of where they were and what they did
The day the towers fell

The day was like any other
Tens of thousands went to work
Unafraid and unaware
Of the danger that did lurk

Suddenly in a moments time
The sky of clearest blue
Was filled with fire and billowing smoke
Of the darkest hue

The city known for towers gleaming
Watched in horrid fascination
At thousands, running, screaming
As two planes caused utter devastation

We remember police and firefighters
Running in to help
Not thinking of the danger
Or the preservation of self

They searched for souls to rescue
Not knowing what time had lapsed
Then suddenly without warning
The two buildings then collapse

Husbands lost their wives
Sisters lost their brothers
Children lost their parents
And all were friends of others

New York wasn’t the only place
Where destruction showed its face
Pennsylvania and the Pentagon also on the list
Were targeted as well and saw its ugly fist

Yet through the darkest hour
On that fateful day
There were tales of bravery
Right where ruins lay

Two men helped a woman
Down multiple flights of stairs
A woman in a wheelchair
Just because they cared

A Franciscan fire chaplain
Whose name was Michael Judge
Died while giving last rites
To one of those he loved

A Jewish man refused to leave
His Christian quadriplegic friend
So the two remained together
Until the very end

People at the Pentagon
Formed a human chain
Searching for survivors
Amidst the burning flame

A window washer from Albania
Children who will never be okay
A father dies in Pennsylvania
A husband loses his wife on his birthday

Tender loving messages
Delivered through mobile phones
Sweetheart, Darling, I love you
But I won’t be coming home

A hero named Todd Beamer
Determined to take control
Willing to sacrifice his own life
To prevent a greater toll

Suddenly the nation’s character
Once filled with shallow dross
Through tragedy became refined
In the crucible of loss

Neither Republican nor Democrat
Man nor woman, Black nor White
But all of us Americans
United in freedom’s fight

Through suffering, pain and tears
We all began to see
The bond of which we share
Was made strong through unity

We are numb with this tragedy
And the fierceness with which it was brought
Our hearts are broken still
But our determined wills are not

Prayer vigils and blood drives
All across the land
Neighbor helping neighbor
Resolved, united we stand

Countless, unnamed heroes
Doing what is right
Not shirking from the challenge
Or the fierceness of the fight

People in the shadows
Not seeking wealth or fame
But by their own example
Encourage others in the same

The greatest sort of tribute
That we could ever pay
Is to refuse the fear upon us
But not forget that day

It’s time for this generation
Not knowing what this mission entails
To preserve and protect the world
We will not tire, falter, or fail

May the great cloud of witnesses
Now gathered up above
Be remembered by our courage
Commitment, faith and love

May the heroes still among us
And those gone to eternal rest
Be forever honored
By our tribute and our best

Written 10/24/01


About Katherine Wacker

Katherine Wacker is currently a reviewer for Bethany House Publishers, and Howard Books. She is a Craftsman graduate of the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writer’s Guild. She holds a B.A in History from San Diego State-Imperial Valley Campus. In her spare time she likes to read books, watch sports, and do jigsaw puzzles. She lives at home with her parents and three dogs, Charlie, Roscoe and Daisy.
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