From wikipedia, a rare source for me but this descibes what happened well:
September 17, 2001One of Jack Buck's final public appearances was on September 17, 2001 at Busch Memorial Stadium in St. Louis. It was the first night that Major League Baseball resumed after the terrorist attacks of September 11. Although looking rather frail (Buck at the time was sick with lung cancer) and struggling to maintain his composure (Buck was obviously showing the signs of Parkinson's disease as well), Buck stirred emotions by reading a patriotic-themed poem during the pregame ceremonies. He concluded by silencing critics who thought baseball had come back too soon: "I don't know about you, but as for me, the question has already been answered: Should we be here? Yes!"
- Since this nation was founded under
- God, more than 200 years ago,
- We've been the bastion of
- The light which keeps the free world
- We do not covet the possessions of
- Others, we are blessed with the
- Bounty we share.
- We have rushed to help other
- War is just not our nature...we
- Won't start, but we will end the fight.
- If we are involved we shall be
- Resolved to protect what we know is
- We've been challenged by a
- Cowardly foe, who strikes and then
- Hides from our view.
- With one voice we say there's no
- Choice today, there is only one
- Thing to do.
- Everyone is saying the same thing
- And praying that we end these
- Senseless moments we are living.
- As our fathers did before, we shall
- Win this unwanted war.
- And our children will enjoy the
- Future, we'll be giving.
Even so, Jack, I believe we can recapture the greatness America once had.
My son Rob, Sergeant Binder (In Afghanistan at the time), like his father and grandfathers and great-grandfather before him an Army guy, below:
Some of us have forgotten that there is still a war on. The Islamofascists are still blowing things and people to bits. They still want to force Sharia Law on society or sneak in in by by regulations passed by Dhimmis who kowtow to them. Islam will not quit trying to destroy the USA and Israel because should America quit caring and should Israel quit fighting the Islamists would rule the entire Middle East!
The socialists and communists have Red China and North Korea and they still want to take the USA over, they want to reacquire and rule the old Soviet Union, they are seeking to consolidate power in South America and they continue to own Cuba right under our Florida feet. They won't quit. They must be beaten.
Finally, let us not forget the victims and the heroes of that day. The thousands who perished in the Twin Towers and the Pentagon and on Flight 93 and the words, "Let's Roll" will live on in our memories. Todd Beamer recited the Lord's Prayer over the phone with a GTE representative and then he and his team went to attack and stop the hijackers, his last words ringing in Lisa Jefferson's ears; "Let's Roll." Thus passengers made sure that plane would NOT hit the White House...at the expense of their own lives, but they understood the situation and they would NOT be part of the cowardly Islamic plot.
Fireman near ground zero
May God watch over our friends who are still in military service:
And their families!
When you pray for the soldiers and sailors and air force and marines and coast guard, remember your border guards and port security and marshals. Remember the firemen and policemen and emergency personnel, too. They all risk their lives for your sake. All the men and women providing security, all the first responders who race to danger. God bless them, every one!!!