Saturday, September 09, 2006

Dedicated to the Heroes of September 11, 2001

The following was given as an invocation at today's Tailhook Awards Luncheon in Reno, Nevada. 09-10-06. 12:00 noon. It expresses the spirit of those who love and serve their country, military and civilian alike.

words of Commander John J. "Bug" Roach United States Navy 1944-1991:

We are a Nation.

We celebrate our birthday on July 4, 1776 with the Declaration of Independence as our birth certificate. The bloodlines of the world run in our veins because we offer freedom and liberty to all who are oppressed. We are many things to many people.

We are a Nation.

We sprawl from the Atlantic to the Pacific, to Alaska and Hawaii. Three million square miles throbbing with industry and with life. We are the forest, field, mountain and desert. We are the wheat fields of Kansas, the granite hills of Vermont and the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada. We are the Brooklyn Bridge, grain elevators in Nebraska and the Golden Gate.

We are a Nation.

We are 213 million living souls and yet we are the ghosts of millions who have lived and died for us. We are Nathan Hale and Paul Revere. We are Washington, Jefferson, and Patrick Henry. We are Lee, Grant, Abe Lincoln and George Bush. We are the famous and the unknown. We are presidents. We are paupers.

We are a Nation.

We stood at Lexington and fired the shot heard round the world. We remember the Alamo, the Maine, Pearl Harbor, Inchan and the Persian Gulf. When freedom calls, we answer. We left our heroic dead at Belleau Wood, on the rock of Corregidor, on the bleak slopes of Korea, the steaming jungles of Viet Nam and under the rubble of Beirut.

We are a Nation.

We are schools and colleges, churches and synagogues. We are a ballot dropped in a box, the harmonious voice of a choir in a cathedral, the crack of a bat and the roar of a crowd in a stadium. We are craftsmen, teachers, businessmen, and judges. We are laborers and nurses.
We are parents and we are children. We are soldiers, sailors and airmen. We are peaceful villages, small towns, and cities that never sleep.

Yes, we are the Nation and those are the things we are.

We were conceived in freedom, and dear God, if you are willing, in freedom we will spend the rest of our days. May we always be thankful for the blessings you have bestowed upon us. May we be humble to the less forutnate and assist those in need. May we never forget the continuing cost of freedom. May we always remember that if we are to remain the land of the free, we must continue to always be the home of the brave. May our wishbone never be found where our backbone should be. May we possess always the integrity,the courage and the strength to keep ourselves unshackled, to remain always a citadel of freedom and a beacon of hope to the world.

We are the Nation.

And this is our wish. . .this is our hope and this is our prayer. Amen

Dedicated to those heroes who died on September 11, 2001 and their families.



Blogger brian said...

Thank you for visiting my tribute post and allowing others to read this post here.

9/09/2006 04:48:00 PM  
Blogger librarygoddess said...

That was touching.... thank you for sharing it with us.

9/09/2006 05:48:00 PM  
Blogger tqflasher said...

Wow. . . goosebumps! So beautifully said! Thank you so much for sharing Swampwitch! This anniversary is hitting me harder than the ones before. I wear my M.E.R.C.Y. bracelet (mercy bands were issued with names of people that died that day on the flights, in the towers, civilian, firefighters, police, etc. for us to wear and remember) with Vincent M. Lito's name on it a lot. For the first two years, I didn't take it off, but like so many, I laid aside that reminder and went back to life as usual. I do still wear it often, and try to remember to pray for him, his family, and all those affected by September 11th everytime I look at it. It is now bent, battered, and out of shape on my wrist, but maybe that makes it even better now that I think about it. . a sober reminder of that day. We watched "United 93" last night. I kept thinking of Todd Beamer and our "Let's Roll" bumper stickers. I still get a great feeling every time I see one. It was difficult to watch. . . it took me back to watching it live. . . seeing the second plane hit. . .the towers fall, remembering how I, we felt as a nation after that day. Family, time, and our freedom was so precious. Life itself was so precious. It feels like we've lost some of that rawness that we felt then. . . the sharp sting of both pain and patriotism. . . but I remember. . . and "Bug's" words today on your GLOB hit home, so I'm posting the Flag idea again for anyone that's interested. We are a Nation, and I'll be flying my flag Monday and each day after, to honor that.

Subject: Flag

Lets do it!!!
Please join us in this FLY THE FLAG campaign and PLEASE forward this email immediately to everyone in your address book asking them to also forward it. We have a little less than one week and counting to get the word out all across this great land and into every community in the United States of America . If you forward this email to least 11 people and each of those people do the get the idea.


On Monday, September 11th, 2006, an American flag should be displayed outside every home, apartment, office, and store in the United States . Every individual should make it their duty to display an American flag on this fifth anniversary of our country's worst tragedy. We do this in honor of those who lost their lives on 9/11, their families, friends and loved ones who continue to endure the pain, and those who today are fighting at home and abroad to preserve our cherished freedoms.

In the days, weeks and months following 9/11, our country was bathed in American flags as citizens mourned the incredible losses and stood shoulder-to-shoulder against terrorism. Sadly, those flags have all but disappeared. Our patriotism pulled us through some tough times and it shouldn't take another attack to galvanize us in solidarity. Our American flag is the fabric of our country and together we can prevail over terrorism of all kinds.

Action Plan: So, here's what we need you to do...

(1) Forward this email to everyone you know (at least 11 people). Please don't be the one to break this chain. Take a moment to think back to how you felt on 9/11 and let those sentiments guide you.

(2) Fly an American flag of any size on 9/11. Honestly, Americans should fly the flag year-round, but if you don't, then at least make it a priority on this day.

Thank you for your participation. God Bless You and God Bless America

9/09/2006 08:01:00 PM  
Blogger Katie C said...

That is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

9/09/2006 08:45:00 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

I'm red white and blue

Loved the post

9/09/2006 10:19:00 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

Good going, Swampwitch! I love the entire post but especially this part: " May our wishbone never be found where our backbone should be." There are many in this country who need to take that to heart.

Blessings, and have a wonderful Sunday.

There's a brand new, and even larger flag flying now on a large flag pole in my front yard. I changed it out yesterday. I hope to see flags everywhere! :)

9/10/2006 05:02:00 AM  
Blogger Anna Venger said...

Stirring words. Thank you for sharing them.

9/10/2006 05:41:00 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

Can you say Goosebumps? Wow! That was great! I will be flying my flag! Thanks for sharing!

9/10/2006 06:50:00 AM  
Anonymous momto3cubs said...

Thanks for sharing that.

Yes, our home will be decorated red, white and blue for Sept. 11th!

9/10/2006 11:11:00 AM  
Blogger Debs said...

Thank you so much for sharing :)

9/10/2006 02:39:00 PM  
Blogger MSUgal86 said...

We must NEVER forget and we need to teach future generations to never forget. I am a patriot along with all of you!

9/10/2006 07:58:00 PM  
Blogger SongBird said...

Beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

9/10/2006 08:12:00 PM  
Blogger Caterpillar said...

Hi Swampwitch,

That was so beautiful and poetically stated, thank you for sharing.

I'm the one you found somehow(!) who has also read The Kite Runner and seen Rabbit-Proof Fence! :) (And I even posted a couple songs from the soundtrack and no one had heard of the movie.)

I just read on your profile that you love sunset pictures, and I just posted a bunch a couple minutes ago!

I've never heard of Mutant Message Down Under but now I'm going to have to look it up on Amazon and see what it's all about!


9/10/2006 09:43:00 PM  
Blogger Malinda777 said...

Thanks for your tribute and remembering. I remembered Thomas Foley today. May our nation never forget.

9/10/2006 09:48:00 PM  
Blogger RedNeckGirl said...

To echo the previous comments.....beautiful and thank you for sharing!

9/11/2006 07:16:00 AM  
Blogger Swampwitch said...

Thanks to all of you for stopping by to read my dedication. My husband and I attended the service of a fallen firefighter. His favorite song, "I Hope You Dance" was played. Since I am away from home and do not have the information to share to post an appropriate tribute to him, I will just continue to let that song play in my mind.

9/11/2006 01:15:00 PM  
Blogger e-Mom said...

Thanks! It's a day none of us will ever forget. Thanks for commenting at my site.

9/11/2006 03:10:00 PM  
Blogger Karmyn R said...

Very heartfelt speech. I'm glad you posted it.

9/11/2006 06:05:00 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

I am enjoying your blog. Nicely done.

9/11/2006 07:23:00 PM  

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