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LEST WE FORGET: On the Twelfth Anniversary of September 11, 2001

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Lest we forget the lessons of September 11, 2001:

While living in the Emergency Operations bunker under the headquarters of the New Hampshire Office of Emergency Management during the few days following the September 11, 2001 terrorist tragedy, I wrote these new verses for America the Beautiful, which were read into the Congressional Record by my friend, Connecticut U.S. Senator Chris Dodd: 

AMERICA: September 11, 2001

Oh Beautiful, through darkened skies, Through tragedy and pain;

Yet, through it all, our prayers still rise: They have not died in vain.

America, America, sometimes our path is hard;

Yet, we'll not fail, right will prevail, With faith in Thee, and God.

Oh Beautiful, for heroes all, In building or on plane;

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For those who answered to the call, Whom we'll not see again.

America, America, sometimes our path is hard;

Yet, we'll not fail, right will prevail, With faith in Thee, and God.

Oh Beautiful, for all that's good, Our best is yet to be;

We reaffirm our brotherhood, From sea to shining sea.

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America, America, sometimes our path is hard;

Yet, we'll not fail, right will prevail, With faith in Thee, and God.

On this twelfth anniversary of 9-11-01, we cannot help but wonder what lessons America, and the world, have learned since then.  There has been considerable satisfaction that long-delayed justice was finally brought to the mastermind of that terrorist attack, and so many others: Osama Bin Laden died violently, as he had lived.  Many more-recent cases of attempted terrorism have been foiled through vigilance and international cooperation.  Perhaps we all can rest a bit easier.

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Author's Biography Eugene Elander has been a progressive social and political activist for decades. As an author, he won the Young Poets Award at 16 from the Dayton Poets Guild for his poem, The Vision. He was chosen Poet Laureate of Pownal, (more...)

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As horrid as our 9-11-01 terror tragedy was, the s... by Eugene Elander on Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013 at 12:56:45 AM
we don't even know what lessons there were, it's c... by laurie steele on Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013 at 1:51:16 PM
Point well taken, Laurie!  I might have said ... by Eugene Elander on Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 at 1:09:10 AM