I am the American you killed on Tuesday.
I have many faces.
I am an airline pilot, I am a secretary,
I am a police officer, I am a flight attendant,
I am a firefighter, I am a street vendor.
I can be all of these things because I am,
first and foremost, an American.
I am also a Father, a Mother, a sister,
a brother. I am an aunt, an uncle,
a Grandmother, a Grandfather. I am a child.
Even though I am all of these things,
I am first and foremost, an American.
You can break my body,
you can destroy my buildings.
But you will never break my spirit
nor destroy my essence. Because I am,
first and foremost, an American.
I will live forever in the hearts of loved ones,
and in the hearts of my countrymen.
With every flag that is flown,
with every story that is told, I will survive.
Because I am, first and foremost, an American.
(Author Unknown, from abcnews.com)

An American Prayer

God bless America,
Hold us in your hand.
We need your comfort,
To help us understand.
God bless America,
We turn to you.
Your loving guidance,
Will help to see us through.
God bless America,
Bless the ones who died.
Help end the suffering,
Dry the tears we cried.
God bless America,
Show us all the way.
God bless America, today.

Is it an eye for an eye,
Or turn the other cheek?
Is it revenge,
Or justice that we seek?
Is it a time to kill,
Or inherit with the meek?
Will we listen
If You speak?

God bless America,
Show your guiding light.
Lead us from tragedy,
Make our decisions right.
God bless America,
Show us all the way.
God blessAmerica, today.

©Steve Bryant

Thoughts on the ones we will leave behind

If you are able save them a place inside of you
and save one backward glance when you are leaving
for the places they can no longer go.
Be not ashamed to say you loved them,
though you may or may not have always.
Take what they have left and what they have taught you
with their dying and mix it with your own.
And in that time when men decide
and feel safe to call this war insane,
take one moment to embrace those
gentle heroes you left behind.

Author: Major Michael Davis O'Donnell