In the bright September morning without warning to us all
A few thousand lives were shattered and we watched two buildings
And a million souls felt empty and the flags at half-mast fly
In the memory of the innocent who 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 have put them all aside
As a nation grieves we find ourselves defending it with pride.
We're a nation of survivors with one heart we share a tear
And we live to serve the memory not giving into fear
Though they try to take security with the things they've done and
All their acts of inhumanity bring unity instead
So we stand here as family, one heart, one soul, one voice
We are challenged by this moment and united here by choice.
My cousin also worked in the World Trade
Center, but luckily for her she was sick that day and did not go
to work. I agree that we should built a monument in memory of those
people who died in the accident. Although I am not a American, I
share their grief.
a kid from Singapore
It was awful what happened. We watched it
at school. I was too shocked to cry.
On September 11, the world seemed to stop
turning. Some of us sat down and cried, and some of us lost our
loved ones. I still believe in hope and peace, and most of all,
love. They can't take away our love for our country and our hope
and freedom. God Bless America!
That is a big thing in everyone
Everyone wants to be number 1
And competes with one another
When you look at life, what do you see?
Do you see life as a treasure or an opportunity?
When you really look at life, it is a great gift
to cherish forever
The people that have been lost are a huge
influence to all of us, we love them all!
Take a moment to make some peace on Earth
we love everyone!
The world may never be perfect, but just try
to call the message of PEACE on Earth!
In loving memory of our lost friends and family!!!
Sheridan and Emma
On September 11 I felt the same way others
did, I felt sad, mad, and most of all I felt frightened.
"The September 11 accident
was bad. I hated it. I will never forget. I love my country and
I did not like what they have done to our nation."
-Tusulum View Student
"I live in the UK
and even though I was not there I know how horrible it is for all
the Americans. One of my best friends moved to America on September
3rd and she went to work with her mum that day to the twin towers.
Even though I'm finding it hard, you've got to get on with your
life. This poem is dedicated to the people who have loved and lost."
Even though you cannot
They live on in your mind
Even though you cannot hear them
Their voice is in the wind
And even though they are not there
They will always be in your heart
IT'S OK TO BE AFRAID
its ok to be afraid
so was i
its ok to shed a tear
so did i
its ok to tell someone
so did i
its ok to be alone
so am i
its ok to be confused
so was i
its ok to be loved
so am I
"On Tuesday the 11th
I was so sad. Our principal came on the speaker and told our teachers
to keep the TV off. We were all wondering what was going on so our
teachers told us and I almost broke into tears. It was so sad. But
we are still a strong country."
"I wish that we had
peace in the world. I understand you are scared and so am I. I never
even thought about having a war at this time, if I was around. I'm
afraid about what's going to happen."
To see a smile on a child's face.
for the shelters of people in need.
for the people that have been hurt.
to see someone eat who's in need!
to see a world united together with peace.
to sooth the tears off my face.
"At my school on September
11th the principal came on the intercom and said, 'A terrible tragedy
has happened in New York.' I am terrified of what happened and I
am SO MAD AT THE ATTACKERS!!!!"
"I think it is okay
to be scared about September 11th because who knows what's gonna
"My uncle works in
the twin towers. That day he was not there, thank God. His brother
had died of cancer so he had to go to his funeral that day. I pray
for all the workers."
"On September 11,
2001, more then 5,000 angels were added to the heavenly home in
"I think that we should
build a monument in honor of the Americans that have lost their
lives. I also think that everyone in America should not be negative
to ALL the Arabs in this country. Because it's not really nice!
And also I have a teacher that is from Afghanistan and a lot of
kids make fun of her and then she gets really sad."
"I'm horrified of
"I pray that God blesses
those who are trying to hurt their own brothers and sisters because
we are all in this together. We make a beautiful bouquet together,
and the last thing we need towards each other is hatred and racism,
because it's just going to be a waste of time and will hurt worse
than ever. I just had a Culture Day Event for my community to show
"When I first found
out about the Sept 11th tragedy I was in Spanish class. At first
I didn't think anything about it because my Spanish teacher had
us do a fun activity to keep our minds off of it. Third period came
which was math. My math teacher didn't teach a lesson, give a quiz
or even check our homework. I live three hours away from New York
City and we spent the whole period (80 minutes) talking about it.
My math teacher was almost in tears because he knew a few people
that worked in the WTC's. And for the last half-hour of class we
spent listening and I was almost in tears. So was the rest of class
and I have some really popular people and wrestlers and football
players and these people you would never expect to cry. Finally
lunch came and the cafeteria and the halls were so quiet you could
hear a pin drop. No one went out for lunch or went outside for the
rest of the week. Half the school wasn't even went to school for
the next week and a half. No one talked much. There were no fights
over boyfriends or over who said what. School was and still is different.
I'm supposed to go to Texas for Thanksgiving and I'm not sure I
want to go."
"If the tragedy had
not happened in the morning my uncle would have died. He was supposed
to have lunch in the World Trade Center! I pray that no other countries
get into this or it might start a world war."
"I was on my way to
school on September 11 just like any normal day. We where listening
to the radio when I heard what had happen. I feel sad for people
that lost love ones and I hope u feel the same way! To stay the
LAND of the FREE we have to be the HOME of the BRAVE! GOD BLESS
"This awful tragedy
has ruined many lives and should never have happened. Although this
was the worst thing that ever happened to our country, it has united
us in many ways. Many people have left us. The American flag is
a simple symbol to our fallen friends. Everyone that died in the
September 11 attacks did not deserve this and the people that did
this better be punished! God has blessed America!!!"
"What happened on
September 11 is terrible!!! To just think of all the families that
won't be able to celebrate birthdays, Christmas, Thanksgiving and
other special moments with their mom, dad, grandma, or grandpa.
I really think the fire fighters are heroes."
"My friend's nanny
works in one of the World Trade Centers. She was sick on September
11, 2001. I'm glad she wasn't in the World Trade Center that day."
"They will pay for
what they did, no matter how hard they try to fight back. And even
though they killed innocent lives and destroyed much of New York
City, that still won't bring us down or conquer us."
"As I am writing this,
I am in tears. I pray for all the people who are reading this. I
hope we find a more peaceful way of living. God bless everyone!"
"United we stand and
divided we fall,
Let America bring freedom to all;
All Americans filled with U.S.A. pride,
Remember that God is still by our side."
- Annybell (This poem is dedicated to all who died in the towers.)
"My Dad is a firefighter
and all I can think about is what would happen if he was in The
Building. GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES."
Talking helps the soul heal
wounds that lie naked to the world.
In another's eyes, I am a strong individual
who can take any evil deed, and face it with my chin-high.
But today, as we speak, I break down, and cry.
And even now, as I type this y, tears fall
to the ground.
I live all the way around the nation, in little didda small
Murrieta, is the name.
Here, even, people mourn.
Talk with your friends.
Talk with your children.
Talk with your neighbors, with friends.
Talking helps the soul heal
wounds that lie naked to the world.
"My thoughts and prayers
are with the people who died and the families that lost someone
they loved deeply. This affected my family because my mom is in
the travel industry and no one wants to fly. Also half of my family
lives in Manhattan. My uncle is a firefighter, luckily here is still
here today. But he lost a lot of friends. My one question is why
I am proud to be an
Where at least I know I'm free
And I won't forget the ones who died
Who gave that right to me...
My country 'tis of thee
Sweet land of liberty
Of thee I sing
Some of us have come here
From countries far away
Looking for a life of liberty
And though we all are different
Our lives are intertwined
In a beautiful and wondrous tapestry.
GOD BLESS THE U.S.A.!!!
THE FLAG AND USA
Red is for love that brings us together,
White is for freedom that we have, and
Blue is for peace that we want and have.
Red, White, and blue is my flag and my home, I love the USA, I love
And nothing will stop me from having love, freedom, and peace.
Not one, not two, one hundred people will stop me from having love,
freedom, and peace.
If we try and try and try we will live a better life.
"U" stands for United,
"S" stands for Stars,
"A" Stands for America,
United we stand United we fall,
Stars are the Stars of America, and
America where we live.
God bless all the firefighters, the people that died, and everyone
in the USA.
"I just want to say
that this is a national tragedy and it will be hard for everyone
to get through this time of fear and peril, and many people, as
I have seen, refuse to face the fact that this can not get in the
way of life itself. But can't they see? That is what the terrorist
wanted. They wanted us to be thrown into disarray. Just today, @
my school during lunch my friends and I talked. We shared emotions
and feelings, and I know that if everyone would take the time to
talk, then we most doubtlessly will get through this. WE WILL COME
OUT STRONGER THAN WE WERE BEFORE! God Bless America!"
"I feel sorry for
all of the people who were injured and are dead. I wish all the
people in the world were friends. God bless everyone."
"Dear Lord, I pray
for those who died or who had loved ones die in the September 11
tragedy. I pray for the rescue workers, little kids, and even the
grown-ups. I pray for all those who did this and I pray that America
won't kill the innocent in Afghanistan like they did to us. I pray
that President Bush will make the right decision and most of all
I pray for America so we will stand strong and UNITED in every way.
"I pray a lot for
all the people in the attack who died and all the families who knew
some of the people who died. I set up a car wash to donate money
to the Red Cross. We got 5000 dollars and donated it so if you want
to help, you can too."
"I think this a bad
thing because innocent people died and will die in the war. I'm
afraid of nuclear or bio warfare. I think that I might die by the
chemicals but I know God will protect me and the country. I hope
they won't do that because no matter who dies it is a bad thing
but I believe the President is the best and will do everything in
his power to protect us. And the military will stand strong and
will not be defeated. The spirit of America is the best in the world."
"I just want to say
that I think God has this under control and is with President Bush
as he tries to figure out what to do. If I could tell Bush anything
I wanted it would be this:
Dear President, I would like you to know that God did this for a
special purpose we may not know the reason though. He will be with
you always as he is with you now. Know that he is your guide and
that he is always in your heart. God Bless America and it's People!!"
"I am 8 years old
and I go to elementary school and I am very sad about what happened.
I was asleep when it happened. I am sorry for those who lost loved
"What happened on
September 11 was horrible. I found out before I left for school
in the morning. The worst part is my brother-in-law is probably
already out there doing what he can. I don't want to seem selfish
but I want him back home and safe."
"I am so sorry for
all of those people who died. I don't think America should be mad
at all Muslims. I don't think America should bomb Afghanistan because
it is a poor country."
"I was really, really
scared and I am still a little bit scared. Then I think about all
of the people that lost their lives and I think about all of the
people who lost their family members. I wonder why anyone would
want to do this and I wish that there was an answer to all of my
questions. I mean like why do we have to go to war? Why do we have
"I pray for all the
kids that their Mom or Dad or even both didn't come home to them
on the 11th. God bless America."
"I feel really sorry
for the kids who lost their parents or grandparents."
" I am scared right
now for all the people who had families. Call your family and give
them the best wishes ever. I wish that we had no enemies and had
no wars and that the world would be peaceful."
"I believe that we
should all have positive thoughts. Maybe something good came out
of this. I just want everybody to know that I am praying for them."
"I am so scared. I
know it's been a few weeks but I'm still scared. I hope President
Bush doesn't send in planes to do to the innocent people in Afghanistan
what Taliban did to us."
"On September 11th
when the terrorist attacks started, I was fast asleep in bed. I
woke to hear of the tragedy that had struck America during the night.
Even though we are half way around the world we could feel the pain,
anger and disbelief that the American people felt. Each night I
pray for the people in America. I pray that the family and friends
of those people will find their loved ones. We all just can't believe
what happened and when the terrorists are found, Australia is totally
backing up America, whatever they choose to do to them. And finally
I'd like to say, that America is strong and unstopable, and THEIR
PRIDE AND THEIR HEARTS CANNOT BE DESTROYED, EVER!!!"
"My friend's dad was
in the Pentagon and got badly hurt. I wish it was me not him. He
can't drive now. My friend's mom has to bring her to school and
take her home. She is so sad because she liked her dad bringing
her to school and taking her home."
"What happened on
September 11th was really dreadful. It was like a nightmare. I live
in Florida, far away from New York, but even though, it was terrible
to see people running for their lives. All of them so frightened,
screaming . . . I hope Mr. Bush will bring this to justice."
"Our forefathers devised
the Declaration of Independence. If you read the whole thing you
will discover the people that signed it pledged their wealth, life,
and scared honor. If you read the history of many of the signers
you'll find many lost one, two or all three. It is our duty to protect
this document, honor it, and pass it on intact to our children and
to their children. The most important way to do this is to invest
some time in our government, and always VOTE. That is the very least
that we can do."
"I was on a chat last
night with a girl who lost her Dad on September 11th. I'm so sorry.
What I would like to say is that whatever happens, anyone who dies
is still with you."
"I was sad that this
happened. Freedom is joy and love for one another. People who have
anger in their eyes and soul cannot DESTROY AMERICA'S PRIDE."
"I pray each night
that our savior helps those in trouble because my mommie says pray
for those who are your enemy. I also pray more for those who lost
their family and friends. They need it. May god bless our country
and Mr. Bush."
"When I had heard
what had happened I got really scared all of a sudden, because everyone
was saying that we were going to die! I don't want to die at the
age of 13, because there are still goals that I want to achieve
in life! I just can't face God at my age, because I think that it
would be too scary for me! I prayed so hard that night of this tragedy
that God would keep our family safe and that we would not die! My
family and I stayed up until around midnight just talking about
what had happened, yeah I did get real scared and I started to cry
because I really didn't know what was going to happen the next day
at school! I really did not want to go because I thought it would
be the last day of my life! Thank you for taking the time to read
my thoughts! "
"I felt very sorry
for every body who died, especially if someone knew them. I can't
believe what the terries did, even if they were mad that we could
speak in freedom. I knew someone who had a birthday on September
11. She kept on saying this is a wonderful birthday present--NOT!
I had no clue what she was talking about because I didn't realize
what happened. Then she told me. That's how I heard about what happened."
"I think what happened
in New York is a terrible tragedy. I wish I could do more to help
them. Right now I am helping them by raising money for them. My
mom is also donating blood to the Red Cross. I wish they hadn't
had done what the hijackers did, but they did it."
"After what happened
on September eleventh, I don't know if my life would be the same.
So here's something for President Bush: when you finally catch the
leaders of the terrorist attack, don't give them justice. Let them
beg and plead for mercy, but don't give it to them."
I live a little bit
away from New York. I'm 14. We all need to reflect on what just
happened. I pray every night that my life won't end the same way
it did for the people in the planes and buildings. Ever since Tuesday
my way of dealing with life has changed. I don't have any more enemies
but only friends. I hope you pray and let God lead us though this
the best way possible! Just to say God "help us and guide us with
strength and courage!!!!"
Brittany 14 OH
I was upset because
my school was not showing any patriotism, not even one flag inside.
I was told that patriotism wasn't about 100 flags but one good heart--mine!
I'm just a kid.
How can I help?
I'm not allowed to boil water or go downtown.
How can I help?
I'm not supposed to argue or fight.
How can I help?
I can't drive a truck or fix a broken arm.
How can I help?
Mom says just to hug her tight. That seems to help.
Why would people take
their own lives just to hurt the people in our country?
I fell asleep in my
Dad's arms that night. The next morning I went to tell him thanks,
that it helped me feel better. But before I could, he said "thanks,
that made me feel better."