Sunday, September 11, 2016

9/11/2016

We here at Ao4 Headquarters will never forget ...

Islamic terrorists flying planes into the Twin Towers in New York City ...


... and into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia ...


... and the terrorists' plans for Flight 93 being thwarted by some brave passengers over a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.


We will never forget these acts of war.

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"God bless America!"
"Always."

This September 11th, we went back through our archives to review our other 9/11 posts.  In 2007, our great sister Stormy posted all the words to a very special poem and song; we think it's especially relevant this year.  We give you our National Anthem:

The Star Spangled Banner
LyricsBy Francis Scott Key 1814

Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

We will never surrender. We will never stop thanking those who continue to fight to keep us free.  We stand strong.

13 comments:

  1. Amen! Thank you for putting into words, what is in our heart.

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  2. Dear Marggie and Cammie
    This is beautiful!!
    The last line of the Star Spangled Banner says it all
    O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!!
    Without the BRAVE there would be no free.
    God Bless America and all who protect and love her!!
    Hugs madi and mom

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  3. Well said.

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  4. We will never forget either.

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  5. Amen. It was a horrible day.

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  6. We will never forget!!

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  7. Mom and dad and angel Maggie will never forget.

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  8. Thanks for this post to help us remember.

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  9. To this day our mommy can't wrap her head around something so terrible happening. We know she'll never forget.

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  10. Every anniversary brings back those feelings of grief and confusion, but we can never forget.

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  11. Very well said!

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