Sunday, September 11, 2016

A Nation of Survivors

As Americans and people all over the world
 remember and reflect on our nation's greatest tragedy,
 may I present a poem written by my oldest daughter, Lisa Vance?
 I believe it's one of the best poems written on the heart-breaking events
 that unfolded on September 11, 2001.

Nation of Survivors
Written by Lisa Vance
All Rights Reserved 2016

In the bright September morning, without warning to us all,
A few thousand lives were shattered as we watched two buildings fall.
A billion souls felt empty and the flags at half-mast fly,
In the memory of the innocent which didn’t have to die.
We’ve lost brothers, sisters, cousins. We’ve lost family and friends,
But we’ve made the choice not to forget their lives and tragic ends.
Though we’ve had our share of troubles, we put them all aside,
As a nation grieves, we find ourselves defending them with pride.
We’re a Nation of Survivors; with one heart we share a tear.
But we live to serve the memory, not giving into fear.
Though they tried to take security with the things they’ve done and said
Their acts of inhumanity bring unity instead.
So we stand here as a family. One heart. One soul. One voice.
We are challenged by this moment and united here by choice.

September 11, 2001
We will never forget.

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