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Tribute to September 11, 2001


In Memory Of The 911 Victims

Lady Liberty Still Standing

Lady Liberty

Shes still standing in the harbor as she has for all these years

But if you look more closely, you might see the tears.

She cries for all her loved ones, which were killed, behind her back,

By evil men who used her people in their diabolical attack.

As blood ran down the towers and mingled with the dust

America grew stronger, we believe in God We Trust

We have not been defeated, our resolve is stronger still

Lady Liberty is not bowing and she never will

Her torch lights the path to freedom, as Americans resolve

We are one nation, indivisible, united under God

Our nation is in mourning but shes not dressed in black,

The colors of Old Glory cover the wounds of the attack

These towers reached to Heaven for the many who were lost

Let us vow to route this evil, no matter what the cost.

The eagles poised for take off, her wings spread across our land,

Her talons hold the weapons for the battle thats at hand.

With hearts that have been broken, we have become more strong

As people come together and vow to right this wrong.

We pray to God for guidance as he watches from above

Please God, Bless America, the land that we love.

-Sue Ikerd
(posted September 15, 2001)



In memory of the New York Emergency Service Workers
Stairway to Heaven

911 TributeRemember 911

They were on their way to Heaven as they hurried up the stairs,

Not only were they heroes, they were angels unaware.

Just going about their duties as they had so many times before

Little did they realize they were soldiers in a war.

As the victims fled the buildings on that tragic fateful day

These brave men hurried past them with no thought to harms way

We can hear the bagpipes clearly as they play Amazing Grace

In salute to fallen comrades who are in a better place

We can see their fearless faces as up those stairs they trod

Right into the gates of Heaven and before the throne of God

-Sue Ikerd
(posted September 15, 2001)



In Memory of Lou Nacke, Jeremy Glick, Mark Bingham, Todd Beamer, Tom Burnett
Flight to Glory

Flag Raising

The sun was shining brightly, there was autumn in the air

As the planes were being boarded, no one seemed to have a care.

There were businessmen, accountants, fathers, mothers, brothers, friends,

Sisters, teachers, children, preachers, unaware their life would end.

As their plane took off that morning, no one knew what was in store,

Unaware there riding with them, that the devil was on board.

On that day these common people became uncommon in our eyes

They emerged as heroes on that morning facing terror in the skies

We will never know their stories and the selfless deeds they wrought

But we know they all were heroes and their acts wont be forgot

As they telephoned their loved ones one last time to say goodbye

To tell each one how much they loved them, as they were about to die

We are left in awe to wonder if we had been there in their place

Would we too have had the courage to meet this terror face to face

We will never know the target and how many lives were saved

By these unsuspecting heroes, oh, so valiant, oh, so brave

Unaware their destination as they left this earthly sod

These brave souls were bound for Glory, destination, home with God

We are left on earth to ponder what the future has in store

As our country comes together at the beginning of the war

We too may walk through the valley of the shadow as our test

We pray that we may have the courage to step forward with our best

They have given the example, paid the supreme price in the end

"Greater Love hath no man than to lay down his life for his friends"

-Sue Ikerd
(posted September 18, 2001)




As people went to work that Tuesday, it was just a normal day

Everyone was in a hurry, didn't have too much to say

Living life at such a fast pace, stress and pressure everywhere

No one had time to visit, time to show how much they cared

Then the unthinkable happened, lives were changed upon that morn

As the planes crashed into the buildings, a new spirit here was born

No more will we take for granted family, friends, all those we love

Each day we vow to remember as the eagle flies above

We pray for those innocent victims, who had done nothing wrong,

We thank God for this great country and ask for courage to be strong

As our nation comes together and we draw our loved ones near

This tragic day will be remembered when the Eagle shed a tear

-Sue Ikerd
(posted September 20, 2001)



911 Service

As I looked out of my window there seemed no need for alarm,

The cows were grazing peacefully in the pasture on our farm,

But then I realize it was all not just a dream

As I turn on the TV and see again that tragic scene

Of men digging in the rubble where those great towers once loomed high

Tears keep on flowing while Americans ask, Why?

As Congress sang "God Bless America" in unison, without scorn

A new day of faith and love of this country has been born

As I think of how the nation came together on that day

Church doors were flung open, and people bowed to pray

They reached out a helping hand to not only friends but strangers

In many selfless acts and deeds regardless of the danger

Loved ones were more important than trophy homes or gold

Money has no meaning if the devil owns your soul

As our country joined in mourning, we reassessed our lives

From this day forward we vow to change the way that we prioritize

God and family must come first, our time here may be short

The things that are most dear to us are those that cant be bought

We mourn those lost at the Pentagon, Pennsylvania and New York too

We pray this loss wont be in vain as we again renew

Our resolve to honor their memories as they look down from above

And vow to tell the world our God is not a God of hate but love

Our country rediscovered God on that frightful day

He has always been here but we had strayed away

As we watch Old Glory unfurling in the breeze

We thank God for all his blessings as we get down on our knees

God gave us the greatest gift, sent to a world of strife

That whosoever believe in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

-Sue Ikerd
(posted September 27, 2001)



911 Steel Cross

As the reality of that day sets in, we begin asking Why?

How could You have let this happen God, we begin to cry.

How could a God of love allow such a cowardly deed

We expect You to always be there to supply our every need

Even when were too busy and don't have the time for You

Theres so many other pressing things in our hectic lives to do

We try to make it to our church at least a couple of times a year

And we might even say a prayer but we cant let others hear

Religions not in vogue now, it hasn't been for awhile

Along with marriage and the Golden Rule, its just not in style

But God we need You now we cry through our many tears

You have been here for our country for over 200 years

But God had never left us, even when we turned our back

He is not responsible for the terrorist attack

Satan and his demons plotted the evil acts that day

He used the minds of others in this most demonic way

Remember Job in the Bible and the trials he went through

God asked him, "When I formed this earth, Job, where were you?"

How can we begin to comprehend Your wisdom and Your ways?

We've known from birth our time on earth would be numbered in the days

We blame You for the bad things but we take credit for the good

The message that You gave has not been understood

No other gods before You that is Your firm demand

To love your neighbor as yourself is your perfect plan

God is not just a convenience although Hes always there

Daily we must walk with Him in actions and in prayer

We don't know when our life may end, this we just aren't told

We must use this time to prepare for the destination of our soul

The worldly goals that we strive for are fleeting at the best

The wealth we have and fame we seek will not pass the final test

Our hearts have to be right with God when we reach our earthly end

So when we arrive at Heavens Gates Hell say " My servant come on in"

-Sue Ikerd
(posted October 3, 2001)



911 Service

They were there with Washington when our country was given birth

Because they fought for freedom, we are the greatest land on earth

They stepped forth again in 1812 to keep our country free

As Old Glory kept on flying, they heard, "Oh say can you see"

They fought in numerous battles down through the many years

As sons and daughters answered the call, mothers shed their tears

Our country was torn apart when brothers fought their brothers

But we became one nation under God, stronger than any other

In World War I we thought it was a war to end all wars

But little did we realize what else there was in store

The Greatest Generation gave their lives in World War II

The enemy was defeated for the red, white and blue

Then came Korea and again they answered to the call

And we can’t forget Viet Nam where so many gave their all.

These soldiers were looked down on, reviled and ridiculed

When all they did was bravely serve as they were asked to do.

As missiles found their targets in the War fought in the Gulf

We prayed for all our loved ones as they called old Sadam’s bluff

But now our country’s been attacked and terror’s everywhere

Once again we are in battle and the Eagle’s in the air

Our soldiers have again stepped forth, the brightest and the best

We know in truth they will prevail and past this vital test

We salute the Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Air Force

The bravery our of country comes from this our greatest source

Our President gave the order, the goal is just, we will not fail

Our resolve will not waiver, Peace and Freedom will prevail

As they fight for Enduring Freedom we stop awhile and pause

We know that we will conquer, there is justice in this cause

Please God we pray, watch over them, each and everyone

Give protection and your guidance to your daughters and your sons

We can hear these soldiers singing as we get down on our knee

"As He died to make men Holy, let us die to make men free"

-Sue Ikerd
(posted October 19, 2001)



A Little About Us: The poems are written by Sue Ikerd, a dairy farmer's wife and office manager of a small family clinic in southwest Missouri. The content of this page is created by her daughter, Leah Savage, a teacher's aide and wife of a paramedic and volunteer firefighter.
© 2001 Sue Ikerd and Leah Savage


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