September 11, 2001 is a day worth remembering in the minds of many Americans. Thousands died in a terrorist attack on our nation and it’s a day to honor their lives, their courage and their memories. It’s also a day to show that we will never forget the horrific events that occurred on 9/11. Read on for quotes and poems to pay tribute to the day as well as those affected by it.
Silence (over Manhattan)
by Paula Bardell
A black September shadow cloaks the dawn,
The City’s once white teeth now rotting stumps,
Midst choking dusty embers ether-borne,
Its shrunken soundless heart now barely pumps …
We mourn their loss this day this year
Those now with God, no danger near
So many loved ones left do stand
Confronting loss throughout our land
Absolutely – We’ll Remember
The Eleventh – Of September
What we learned on September 11 is that the unthinkable is now thinkable in the world.
– John Ashcroft
September 11 awoke us to the threat of terrorism. It was forever bookmarked in our history as the day when life as Americans knew it, changed forever.
– Randy Forbes
We’re Still Standing
by Hannah Schoechert, 7th grade student
Those twin towers
Standing tall with pride,
Fell with grieving hearts.
Stunned, America cried.
But we’re still standing.
If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.
—Sandy Dahl, wife of Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl
September 11 impressed upon us that life is a precious gift. Every life has a purpose. And I think we all have a duty to devote at least a small portion of our daily lives to ensuring that neither America nor the world ever forgets September 11.
– Bill Frist
I stare in total disbelief,
heart torn with instant grief.
Plumes of black smoke fill the air,
marking a building no longer there.
We will honor you and the life you gave,
as a Patriot of “The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.”
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Those whose lives were lost on September 11 will remain in our thoughts and prayers forever.
– Vito Fossella
Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11.
– President Obama