LADY LIBERTYíS STILL STANDING
Sheís 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 sheís 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 eagleís poised for take off, her wings spread across our land,
Her talons hold the weapons for the battle thatís 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.
(posted September 15, 2001)
In memory of the New York Emergency Service Workers
Stairway to Heaven
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 harmís 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
(posted September 15, 2001)
Lou Nacke, Jeremy Glick, Mark Bingham, Todd Beamer, Tom Burnett
Flight to Glory
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 wonít 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"
(posted September 18, 2001)
WHEN THE EAGLE SHED A TEAR
(posted September 20, 2001) As people went to work that
Tuesday, it was just a normal day
Everyone was in a hurry, didnít 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
(posted September 27, 2001)
FROM THIS DAY FORWARD
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 canít be bought
We mourn those lost at the Pentagon, Pennsylvania and New York too
We pray this loss wonít 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 believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting
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 weíre too busy and donít have the time for You
Thereís 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 canít let others hear
Religionís not in vogue now, it hasnít been for awhile
Along with marriage and the Golden Rule, itís 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?
Weíve 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 Heís always there
Daily we must walk with Him in actions and in prayer
We donít know when our life may end, this we just arenít 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 Heavenís Gates Heíll say " My servant come on
(posted October 3, 2001)
were there with Washington when our country was given birth
they fought for freedom, we are the greatest land on earth
stepped forth again in 1812 to keep our country free
Old Glory kept on flying, they heard, "Oh say can you see"
fought in numerous battles down through the many years
sons and daughters answered the call, mothers shed their tears
country was torn apart when brothers fought their brothers
we became one nation under God, stronger than any other
World War I we thought it was a war to end all wars
little did we realize what else there was in store
Greatest Generation gave their lives in World War II
enemy was defeated for the red, white and blue
came Korea and again they answered to the call
we cant forget Viet Nam where so many gave their all.
soldiers were looked down on, reviled and ridiculed
all they did was bravely serve as they were asked to do.
missiles found their targets in the War fought in the Gulf
prayed for all our loved ones as they called old Sadams bluff
now our countrys been attacked and terrors everywhere
again we are in battle and the Eagles in the air
soldiers have again stepped forth, the brightest and the best
know in truth they will prevail and past this vital test
salute the Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Air Force
bravery of our country comes from this our greatest source
President gave the order, the goal is just, we will not fail
resolve will not waiver, Peace and Freedom will prevail
they fight for Enduring Freedom we stop awhile and pause
know that we will conquer, there is justice in this cause
God we pray, watch over them, each and everyone
protection and your guidance to your daughters and your sons
can hear these soldiers singing as we get down on our knee
He died to make men Holy, let us die to make men free"
(posted October 19,
children we had heroes and its still true today
now we define heroes in an entirely different way
once had cardboard heroes, who entertained and played a part
now we know true courage comes from deep within the heart
hero doesnt search for fame, their face is seldom known
dont seek recognition or their names carved into stone
heros not a rock star, or an actor on a stage
are not a famous athlete who gets highly paid
are our friends and neighbors who may work down the street
might not recognize them if one by chance youd meet
on that tragic Tuesday we finally realized
who true heroes are, as they appeared before our eyes
the dust, debris and rubble as we saw each one emerge
faces were undaunted, their hearts were not deterred
had risked their lives for others and some their life had gave
the job they had been trained to do, for other's lives to save
they still search for their comrades, steadfast to the end
loyalty doesnt waiver when theyre searching for a friend
are New Yorks finest, the bravest and the best
have defined a hero, they have passed the greatest test.
renewed our faith in mankind, as Christ said we should be
you have done for the least of mine, then you have done for Me"
This We Will Not Forget
you attacked our great nation and the buildings disappeared
thought you had destroyed us and filled our lives with fear
your actions drew us together instead of tearing us apart
did not destroy our cherished freedom, but gave us a new start
our people became heroes, our hearts were filled with pride
our country is now stronger because we know God is on our side
reminded us how important God is in our lives each day
actions made it proper for us now to kneel and pray
terror wont defeat us, we are stronger yet
we vow to all the victims, we will not forget
fly our flag more proudly, Ol Glorys everywhere
now know what it stands for as its colors fill the air
evil has shown us that we must always strive for good
have new love of God and country that today is understood
now proudly pledge allegiance to the flag of this great land
we vow to tell the story so our children understand
not forget the lessons that we had to again relearn
freedom is a heritage that by shed blood has been earned
have a depth of commitment to ensure you will regret
attacks on our great nation, This We Will Not Forget
This Christmas in America
As we gather with our families in celebration this December
minds still wander back to that Tuesday in September
we learned what was important on that day that changed our lives
we must take time to cherish, sons and daughters, husbands, wives
pray that as we now approach this Holy Christmas season
will not forget that Jesus Birthday is the reason
over 20 centuries His story has been told
that silent night in Bethlehem, this storys never old
sent us the greatest Gift from His home above
this gift He has shown us the purest form of love
God sent His only Son, we know He understands
we now feel as we send ours to fight in foreign lands
the sky so very long ago He placed a star to give direction
pray that now He will watch over and give His safe protection
our brave sons and daughters, until they are safely with us
pray for the gift of peace for this and every Christmas
us to each learn the message you desire to impart
we give the gift You seek, may we give to You our heart
- Sue Ikerd
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The poems are written by Sue Ikerd, a dairy farmer's wife and office manager
of a small family clinic in southwest Missouri.
The page is created by her daughter, Leah Savage, a teacher's aide and
wife of a paramedic and volunteer firefighter.
Thank you for visiting our Lady Liberty website. We
are very grateful.
Many have asked how they can obtain copies of these poems. Leah has
worked very diligently and compiled these poems into a book as a memorial
to September 11, 2001, a day we must never forget.
There are 10 poems that take us through this tragic time in our lives
up to this Christmas. They are highlighted by pictures and quotes. One
picture of our American flag is made up of all the names of the firefighters,
police and emergency workers who died and are missing.
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