September 11 – revisited

Ten score and shy two days ago Francis Scott Key watched through the perilous night as a thousand men stood firm beneath our nation’s flag. (09/13/1814).

He subsequently penned the words to the Star Spangled Banner, which would become our National Anthem…fully a century later. (3/3, 1931).

Thirteen years ago today non-nationalized group attacked the United States of America. (9/11/2001).

I do not seek to be cynical, but I read some interesting meme on Facebook and other places about that terrorizing day in the world.  Most prominent among them is the phrase to the effect of “9/11-We will never forget.”

9/11-We Will Never Forget

In our refusal to forget we too frequently engender hatred and anger.  Although disagreement has always registered in American political realms it appears that hatred and anger have become more prominent since 9/11/2001.  Perhaps it is time to remember, rather than never forget.

Said an ancient prophet “And now, as the preaching of the word had a great tendency to lead the people to do that which was just—yea, it had had more powerful effect upon the minds of the people than the sword, or anything else, which had happened unto them..the minds of the people than the sword, or anything else, which had happened unto them–therefore…it was expedient that they should try the virtue of the word of God.”

That 35-year old attorney, Francis Scott Key, penned verse that was filled with hope ans security.  It was not a message of despair.

O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation.
Blest with vict’ry 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!

As a nation, despite the best intentions and protestations of politicians seeking gain and glory, “United we Stand, Divided We Fall.”

As written by John Dickinson, of the Constitutional Convention, in his music “The Liberty Song.” (selected stanzas).

Come, join hand in hand, brave Americans all,
And rouse your bold hearts at fair Liberty’s call;
No tyrannous acts shall suppress your just claim,
Or stain with dishonor America’s name.

Our worthy forefathers, let’s give them a cheer,
To climates unknown did courageously steer;
Thro’ oceans to deserts for Freedom they came,
And dying, bequeath’d us their freedom and fame.


Their generous bosoms all dangers despis’d,
So highly, so wisely, their Birthrights they priz’d;
We’ll keep what they gave, we will piously keep,
Nor frustrate their toils on the land and the deep.


The tree their own hands had to Liberty rear’d;
They lived to behold growing strong and revered;
With transport they cried, “Now our wishes we gain,
For our children shall gather the fruits of our pain.”


Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all,
By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall;
In so righteous a cause let us hope to succeed,
For heaven approves of each generous deed.

That Is The Way I See It.


One thought on “September 11 – revisited

  1. I agree with you you said, United We Stand Divided We Fall. I just read Frances Scott Key’s story about how he wrote the National Anthem. Enjoy your writing!!

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