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A Thousand Voices
By: Stephanie M. Novikoff

Today, it all changed
I know all the history
The wars fought and won
I know the stories
Of the patriotism that drove the soldiers on
I knew, but could not comprehend
What it really was
Until my country was attacked

In a single instant everything was changed
Not just for me, but the entire world
A thousand voices silenced forever
A divided people
United
A common cause, a common grief
They killed our own
In the name of what?
How many people died today?
Their families left to mourn?

September 11, 2001
History will remember
The tragedy that struck the world
Those lives that ended
Will not be forgotten
Cannot be forgotten
Their memory will live on

September 11, 2001
By: Rachel Needleman

What happened today was unspeakable evil,
A terrorist attack on the American People.
The World Trade Center, and it's Twin Towers tall,
Were crashed into by planes, and made violently fall.
Not long after this horrendous attack,
Once again the world was taken aback.
In Washington, people watched with remorse,
As a plane hit the Pentagon with incredible force.
So many innocent lives blown away,
What is the reason? No one can say.
Our whole way of life, shot up in a flame,
And we have no one to yell at, and no one to blame.

In Memorandum
By: 'Nova Strike'

Peace
Silence
Serenity
Clear blue skies
Beautiful day
Threats
Screams
Theft
Fear
Fire
Death
Pain
Suffering
Chaos
Destruction
Terror
Shambles
Destroyed
Three-fold
Ne'er forget that which is unforgivable
Lest it repeat again
Honor the dead;
Remember their names
And never forget September 11th in 2001
The day the Pentagon was crippled
And the death that reigned at World Trade

The World Changed Today
By: Shannon Novikoff a.k.a One Amahira

I felt it in the air, as I stared up at the sky
Thinking of fate, not quite understanding why
Innocent lives taken away
The world changed today

I sit and watch the horror, shown on the news
Thinking of the sorrow, what we've had to lose
Smoke drifts 'cross the bay
The world changed today

I will always remember, where I was when I finally heard
Thinking that those people celebrating, had a lot of nerve
Those images replay
The world changed today

Forever I'll look back, and see the partly clouded sky
Thinking of lives lost, that did not know even why
Death gave them no final say
The world changed today

The world changed today
Innocent lives taken away
Death gave them no final say

Smoke drifts 'cross the bay
And those images replay
The world changed today

But I am alive, and I will not forget
How the world changed today

Untitled
By: 'Jason M. Lee'

This, I dedicate to all of those who have lost their loved ones on Flights 93, 77, 11, and 175. Also to those whom worked at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. To the families that had relatives and friends from Newark, Boston, and Dulles, I send my condolences, as does others.

This attack hits me close to home, as the news mentioned about alerting all military personnel abroad and local. The main reason is that I have a cousin currently stationed at Germany and I fear for his life. I haven't seen him in over three years already.

You could say that this one is an AU, using my characters from DT and LIRW in our present setting. As to quote Franklin D. Roosevelt, "A day which will live in infamy."

Disclaimers: May Kwan Yin have mercy on those who weren't able to make it out and may the Lord serve punishment on those who coordinated this indecent act against humanity.

T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T-T

/Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
That sav'd a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see./

Loud explosions rocked the still air of New York City as two Boeings crashed into the two World Trade Center. Coordinated chaos soon sprung up as employees and tourists rush to the exits. Later, the collapse of the South WTC and then the North WTC.
 

All hell and chaos broke loose.

The sound of people buried alive underneath the tons of concrete and metal. Screams, moans, and pleas rang through the air. Ambulances, fire trucks, and squad cars' sirens rang endlessly throughout the air. Orders and commands were thrown around.

The sounds of people, whom the loved ones that had worked in the Twin Towers once, now cried in despair, denial, and in a thinly hanging hope of a miracle. Many people are running toward the site, lending much needed hands on finding the surviving and saving the injured.

An endless cycle of commands and instructions in the many hospitals, mixed in with high trauma alert and in the ERs. Outside at local Red Cross centers and smaller medical facilities, US citizens are lining to donate their blood.

/'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears reliev'd;
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believ'd!/

"Where's the crash cart?!"

"Got it!"

"V-fib!! It's a V-fib!!! Doc Chi!!"

"Two hundred joules!" The swishing of conductivity fluid spreading onto the paddles. "Clear!"

Interns and nurses alike immediately backed away. The body arched up but a flat line shot through their ears.

"Two-fifty! Clear!"

Again, the body arches but finally a strong beat shows up on the monitor.

"Send her to the ICU! Now!"

"Dr. Po! Burn center!! We got a guy with second and third-degrees over fifty percent on his body!!"

"V! Take over!!"

/Thro' many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
'Tis grace has brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home./
 

"Everybody move! Come on!! Jason!!"

"Get out! Go go go!!"

Upon noting the sight of the oncoming cloud dust, Duo immediately ran and pulled a child within his arms, and dove behind a police station wagon. The boy's family also joined him, some of the younger children crying.

Few seconds later, the cloud rolled over with the shockwave rocking all of them. A thick blanket of dust, gray and white, covered the area as the cloud continued to roll. A loud roar reached everybody's ears after several seconds.

"God help us all..." Duo whispered, noting the destruction. After handing over the boy with several mouth guards, he ran into the mess to help out, tying a handkerchief around his mouth.

Directing the ambulances was hell, including the fire trucks. Jason realized that improvising was an immediate must while shouting orders to lingering people to help out those buried. Luckily, he worked for the Office of Emergency Management but wasn't the head honcho as the office here was trashed and the boss was away in Long Island.

Relena ran through the aisles of people donating blood, swallowing the bile that threatened to rise up. Reminding herself harshly that the injured needed it badly, she quickly took in the next donor and directed him to another seat. Expertly, she rubbed the nook of the elbow with a antiseptic pad, stuck the needle in, and flipped the tab. For a few seconds, Relena watched the blood flow from the arm to the bag before tearing her eyes away to get back to work.

The others were all busy in either rescuing, comforting, reporter, or healing.

/The Lord has promis'd good to me,
His word my hope secures;
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures./

"Geeze Christ!! This is unbelievable!!" The camera image zoomed in on the Pentagon, still smoking. "Get in closer!!"

"Odin, are you nuts?! We're gonna be smoked in!!"

"We'll be needing this for later, Dam!! I can't believe the morons! Have they no sense of humanity and decency?!"

"Will you shut up?! I'm getting something!" Silence, save the helicopter's motor and sirens down below. "Crap! Another one got kicked!"

"Come again?!"

"Somerset, PA! Another Boeing dropped down there!"

"Aw Christ! This just gets better and better!! Who's the jackass behind this stupid idea?!"
 

"Forget it, I'm going in!"

"Thought you didn't want to!"

"Just shut up!! This is already bad enough! Next thing the beaucrats are gonna do is declare war!"

"They can't do that without Congress' approval!!"
 

Down below, Heero, Trowa, and Wufei were helping on rerouting traffic

/Yes, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease;
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace./

Whirling around from facing an injured old man, Lina stared in disbelief at the young messenger babbling in one of the Arabian dialects. When the boy finished, many older folks began weeping while the more younger people were swearing vengeance.

Sighing, the young teen finished bandaging up the man and excused herself to the restroom. Closing the door, disbelief ran rampant and anger on the indecent act.

"If FDR was still here," Lina mused to herself, "he'd say that same line again."

"Lina? We got plenty more patients to finish up!" Ahmed yelled.

"Coming!"

Outside and on the other side of the border line, both blondes could hear faint cheers from the Palestinians. The Arabian felt disgusted by the Israelites' opponents reactions. "Have they no sense of decency?" he muttered.

"I'm afraid their sense of decency contradicts ours," one man said in fluent English.

"To commit such an act..."
 

The older man shook his head. "What they believe is good for them, let them believe in it. Osama bin Laden's men have become heartless, as he himself became. Kamikazing oneself just for a belief may be acceptable."

"But suiciding with hundreds of innocent people is unacceptable!" Ahmed protested. "This is just plain murder!"

"Then Allah bless those lost and punish those who committed such act. We send our condolences, Winner-san."

One fist ended up in a wall, creating a hole and sending out a curse. Placing a soft hand onto his shoulder, Lina shook her head.

/The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;

But God, who call'd me here below,
Will be forever mine./

Internationally, the whole world mourned and condemned the actions. For some, they thought that the US deserved what it got.

Near Veterans Memorial after many months of working, a new park (aptly named Absens Memorial) was created and another memorial made. This one was dedicated to those lost to the hijacked plane bombings. After the farewell ceremony, more than one hundred thousand doves were released into the air. The Marines did the traditional twelve gun salute into the air, a bagpipe and a choir singing "Amazing Grace" solemnly.

Inscribed on a plague below the statue of a weeping Mary holding a dying Jesus, along with smaller statues of various deities in various cultures:

~To those who are lost and brave,
May they rest in Peace.
To those who committed and cowards,
We will not rest at the very least.

September 11, 2001,
"A day which will live in infamy."
As our lives are tossed into the winds,
We still have sympathy.

Lives are taken and lives are given,
But lives should not be stolen.
A beautiful tapestry now torn,
Must be once again woven.

Let these be remembered,
History must not be repeated.
For our sake and future,
Please, let our warnings be heeded.

Psalm 23: "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me."~

/The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who call'd me here below,
Will be forever mine./

Months of intense search to find those who supported and coordinated the plan won't be enough to relieve the hundreds of families' loss. Only a slight consolation and maybe some sense of justice.

Who knows, maybe the future generations will learn to avoid another heinous act. Justice, freedom and decency are some things taken for granted, plus ethnicity on occasion.

But humanity is something that SHOULD NOT be taken for granted, never in the now, and never in the future.

Have we all lost some sense of humanity and justice, freedom and ethnicity?

Have THEY no sense of humanity?
 

~OWARI~

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AN: I feel rather sober and disgusted about this incident. The worse thing the US did to some of the Mid-East countries were the air strikes. If this hijacking/bombing is in retaliation for the air strikes, I say that this is the most stupidest thing ever done I've ever seen in my entire life. Being glued to the TV, watching the news almost everything since I was a child, I've always had the sense of awareness. For those with younger siblings still in elementary, explain it to them later on. This one should be kept out of their sights but I can't say the same for those living in DC and NYC.

The last few parts are all fictious, of my own speculation/prediction. Of course, it might happen but try not to take it too seriously.

The Psalm mentioned is taken from Bush's address. I claim no rights to it.

"Absens" means "gone" in Latin, thus the farewell to the lost souls, lives taken harshly away.


By: Aubrey Robare a.k.a Wolfshadow
Faith
By: 'Nuriko Houjun'

The world

I see it slowly falling apart in front of me
Like a slow and deadly dream taking me over
The hurt, pain and suffering.
When will it all end?

The Fire

It burns strongly among buildings and wreckage
The heat it scorches and hurts
The fire burns strong in the hearts of those who wish for a miracle
Can we stop the pain?

The Struggle

The struggle in out hearts as we watch all this
From near and far our emotions are coming together
We pray for everything to be all right, our loved ones safe
Are they ok?

The Faith
The faith that we carry and hold dear
We see this moment and wish for better
But we have the faith to move on after this
We will survive


Kaze No Uta 
Lyrics from Fushigi Yugi. (Translated from Japanese)
Sung by: Chika Sakamoto
Character: Nuriko

stop I had a dream A beautiful, long dream
stop deep and quietly sadness is sleeping
If I quivered gently
Surely it was happiness but 
Time moves My heart pounds in the wind 
I can hear someone's calling voice
In this body Running hotly in this breast
Now life is waking 
stop people are weak, aren't they? A quarrel, then hate
stop but only love can overcome anything
Destiny is drawing near
Surely for your cause
That smile those tears all of that
Become the only courage
I'm not afraid of being wounded.. whenever
I will protect I will show you I will protect 
Ah The meaning of having been born
Ah For the first time I knew 
In this body In this heart, you, shining
The only living evidence
That smile those tears all of that
I will protect I will show you I will protect


Perfect World
Lyrics from Fushigi Yugi. (Translated from Japanese) 
Sung by: Chika Sakamoto
Character: Nuriko

The water reflected moon sees the emptiness, it stops swaying
Usually it glimmers very ordinarily, eyes simply shine
If you're injured you become weak, but your hand bears the beast
Of life? Of reflection? Everything hesitates gradually 
It's beating endlessly nevertheless
Sparkling simply, everything is muted
At such a time, my eyes observe
The coincidence and luck of a Perfect World 
Even when overcome each time, it becomes dazzling
Inform inform, choose a thing that becomes self confidence
Someone sleeps in a sea, like support
Available agility, they elaborate splendor 
This is a curse extended outward
Snow melts and becomes moisture
When the time comes and people give courage
Your relationship has it 
Mostly, mostly it extends simply
One's share is not always gentle
When there's time and people give courage
Your relationship has it
The coincidence and luck of a Perfect World
 

~~~I am deeply pained for everyone that lost a relative or family member in that accident. I hope that another day like this will never appear in front or us again and that we will all someday be able to live more carefree lives again. As for now, we can only hope and pray for the best.~~~ 

-Nuriko Houjun

No One is a Stranger
By: Rachel Strunc a.k.a. Goldfish

Today's the day 
After the Twin Towers fell, 
And there's a chill 
In the air. 

I'm standing alone 
At the bus stop. 
The moon looks like 
A frown today. 

The stars are crying, 
But today, no one 
Is a stranger. 

The man on the street, 
Who I never talked too, 
Could give me a ride, 
And I wouldn't fear. 

Because today I know, 
Maybe just for today, 
No one is a stranger. 

Today's the day 
After the Pentagon was hit, 
And yesterday thousands 
All watched in horror. 

Three hi-jacked planes 
Destroyed thousands of lives, 
and everybody suddenly 
Knew everybody else. 

Today, for once, no 
one in a country is 
a stranger. 

We're Americans.

Why
By: 'Joestuff'

     Why do you hate me? I do not hate you. I do not know you, yet you are a coward and strike against the country that I live in. I am a part of this country, and thus it is an act of hatred against myself, my friends, my family, and the nation as a whole. Who you are, I do not know.
     Who am I? You do not know. So why? What have I done to you, your friends, your family, your nation? This is a cowardly act that will never be forgotten. Why did you want the blood of so many on your hands? Why do you want to be public enemy number one? Why?

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By: 'Kia Purity'
     This is for those who died and those who lived. The lives of everyone involved will not be in vain. We always die for our country, whether it be military or citizen-wise. The quote was from around the Civil War era, but I felt it was fitting for this because if we unite, we can prove that we're stronger that way.

By: 'Yscaldine'
I don't know about the rest of you, but after the shock wore off, I found out I'm beyond angry. America WILL NOT take this atrocity against our people lying down. Ever.
Untitled
By: 'Neon Tiger'

A flight of angels
As the tower burns.
The sobs of the families
Who have lost their loved.
How could you?
Why would you?
Have you no soul?
Can't you see...
These actions take toll?
*
The song of mourners
As the tower gives way.
The faint whispers of hope
as many strive to find life.
How dare you?
Why did you?
Are you a demon of hell?
What part of this misery
Did you not foretell?
*
The misery of families
As their lives are destroyed.
The whimpers of children
Who fear and despair.
You did this.
You wanted this.
You're inhuman at best.
You thought killing the innocents
Was a valid protest.
*
How could you?
Why would you?
How dare you?
Why did you?
*
Those questions are asked for a logic that isn't there.
We can't comprehend any reasons for this horrible affair.
Our prayers and tears are shed for the angels that leave
Separated from families who have no choice but to grieve.
*
We feel the pain of our countrymen.
We cry in rage and sadness.
They're gone, and we all regret...
Those we've lost... we will surely miss.

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By: 'Daimera'
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By: Joey D. Line
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©9/13/01 Brent Lowell
God bless the USA
By: Jared S. Allen, AKA 'Trigger Xero' 

What's this I see? The result of illogical logic? Can it be that this is just a bad dream..? No... I am not so lucky... Neither are the families, friends, or people in general who died on that sad day of September eleventh, two thousand one. This short piece of writing... I hope... will at least give me... and others... some peace. 

***

Disbelief.
Rage.
Sadness.
Curiosity.
Terror.
Disgust.

All these terms describe what I felt all at once when I saw the news on September 11 2001, at 9:00 am, PST. I felt all these things, all in one on that sad morning.... 

***

Disbelief.

Can this... can this be real? No... It can't.. no one would do something like this.... Yet it has... Oh God I wish this was a dream... please.. let me wake up from this nightmare... But this isn't a dream, as surreal as it seems. 

Rage. 

I feel angry... Angry at the people responsible... angry in a way that almost scares me. I wanted to literally rip the people responsible to shreds... and that scares me greatly... But we are justified. We have been attacked. It's time strike back. But at who? 

Sadness.

I feel sorrow for the lives lost... the lives shattered by this senseless act... Can it even be humanly possible to view this scene of terrorist caused mass murder, and not feel anything? Such a tragedy is sure to go down in history as, like FDR put it, "A day that will live in infamy." 

Curiosity. 

I am curious, yes... but in a way everyone is. Who caused this? Why was it done? Perhaps we shall never know... or perhaps we will. Fate has yet to decide, I suppose. 

Terror. 

I am terrified, yes. That says alot, really... I'm not budged by much. I'm scared mostly because I feel like it could happen on the west coast, as easily as it did on the east. I'm scared that more deaths and tragedies like the WTC and the Pentagon could occur again, and closer to home this time. 

Disgust. 

I am overcome with disgust by this cowardly act. The bastards responsible have lit a fuse on the USA, and the USA is going to explode, most definitely, with overwhelming force towards those responsible. Bush has declared that these attacks were "An act of war" and as such, he will punish those responsible accordingly. 

***

I sing this constantly now... perhaps you'll recognize the song it's from. It's called, "God Bless the U.S.A.", and it's by Lee Greenwood. 

"I'm proud to be an American
where at least I know I'm free,
And I won't forget the men who died
who gave that right to me,
And I gladly stand up next to you
and defend her still today,
'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land
God Bless the U.S.A."

Let it be known that the American people will not sit by and let this go unpunished. I'm proud to be an American, despite how bad things can be in this great country, I'll gladly fight for it. May God bless those lost on that sad day, and may God show no mercy to those responsible for these acts. And may God bless the United States of America. I will pray for those lost, and those in need of rescue. I can only hope that each of you will do the same as well. God bless.

o/` I'm proud to be an American... o/`

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By: Ryco
     I may not be American but I felt the impact of what happened, perhaps not the impact of the 'attack on freedom' what I did feel was the fact that thousands of people died that day, for no good reason. Fanatism isn't a good reason. People cheered that day, which sickens me. This picture is a symbol of that...
     The Angels weep for the dead, the injured and the mournful. I hope swift but not blind justice is delt to whoever was the cause of this.
American United
By: Suzanne Moses
September 13th, 2001

We've always done what we do best,
Up in the Friendly Skies.
And then one awful, fateful day,
We're taken by suprise.
An unseen, unknown enemy
Attacking us in hate
And using what has made us proud
To destroy what's made us great.

We watch in shock the scenes unfold
We watch in disbelief.
We shake our heads, we wipe our eyes
Unspeakable, the greif.
And through it all, while it unfolds,
We cannot help but cry -
American, we cling together,
United, we ask /why/?

Please, wake us from this nightmare
It all seems so unreal
We force ourselves to carry on
In a new world, so surreal
Lean on each other for support
Lend others a helping hand
American, our dedication,
United, we stand

We ask each other /How they dare/
We cannot understand
We search for answers, search for meaning
No answer is at hand
Hate must not replace sorrow
Of this we're very sure
American, we bow our heads
United, we'll endure

The unknown numbers, now with God
As angels, by his side
Must want for us to carry on
To not withdraw and hide
And so, it's in their memory
That we will hold so long
American, we will stand tall
United, we'll be strong

Dedicated to the employees of American Airlines and United Airlines. In memory of the victims of the tragedy of September 11, 2001.

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