With candles, they pause to remember Sept. 11, 2001, with readings, prayer
The lyrics to Alan Jackson's wistful song, "Where Were You (When the World stopped turning)?" were read to the U.S. House of Representatives by Mac Collins (R-Ga.) on Nov. 16, 2001.
And Monday, Sept. 11, they set the tone for a solemn ceremony of remembrance sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary, Marshall Post 2646.
As the song played over the public address system, those in attendance formed a candelight procession around the flag pole in front of VFW hall in Marshall, the American and MIA/POW flags hanging at half-staff.
Prior to the procession, Wanda Money, president of the ladies auxiliary, read a memorial to those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
She was followed by Mindy Wolfe, who read a prayer that was printed recently in a St. Peter Catholic Church bulletin, including the lines,
"We have painfully learned
that our country is vulnerable ...
We pray for peace
for our country and our world ... ."
Then Billie Weathers read a poem, author unknown, in which Abraham Lincoln welcomes the victims of 9/11 to heaven. The poem concludes:
"... so many lives
Are suffering now because of this wrong
But look very closely. You're not really gone.
All of those people, even those who've never met you
All of their lives, they'll never forget you
Don't you see what has happened?
Don't you see what you've done?
You've brought them together, together as one."
In 20 minutes the ceremony was over. And Jim Money, post commander, ended it as simply as it had begun, saying, "Always remember this day."
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