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Saturday, 11 September 2010

May We Never Forget

47802_425878307971_644342971_5046587_8264800_n 11 September 2001 will forever be engraved in my mind.  For two reasons.  It is the day my work permit was approved and I knew we could leave South Africa and the communist thuggery of the ANC.  A day which was supposed to be one of the most ecstatic in my life.  And yet the event which overshadowed that day as I drove home from work was the news flash that terrorists hijacked commercial passenger aircraft and deliberately flew into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

I almost never used to tune in to the news anymore, as I was truly fed up with government propaganda downplaying the true nature of the communist ANC.  For some reason on that day, I did.  I couldn’t believe it – my first thoughts were that it is impossible, maybe a sick joke.  Until I reached my parents’ home to pick up my son and saw those terrible pictures on TV.  Reality sunk in and I was distraught with grief.  Our plans for the big move took a back seat for a few weeks while the consequences of this hate crime became clear.  I don’t have to tell an informed audience about the emotional experiences, because we all experienced it.  I just knew this would be a turning point in history…

To commemorate all the lives lost, all the brave men and women, all the heroes, the true patriots of a great nation, I give you this poem sent by a dear friend, Michelle Mans:

The Eleventh Of September

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

My heart goes out to those who do
No one can fathom what they view

I firmly pray for peace of mind
Dear God please help each one to find

And to our soldiers now at war
God guide above, at sea, on shore

They are the best, I have no doubt
Our country’s pride, complete, devout

The finest force you’ll ever see
All freedom grown through liberty

One final thought comes clear to me
For what must live in infamy

Absolutely – We’ll Remember
The Eleventh – Of September


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