We will remember September 11, 2001
We, the members of the Ellwood City Amateur Radio Assoc., Inc., wish to express our deepest sympathy and concern to the victims of the terrible events of September 11, 2001. We also wish to extend our gratitude to all those who have worked tirelessly, under unbelievable circumstances, to serve their fellow Americans in any way possible during this time of crisis. We continue to pray for our leaders, and for the healing of our nation.
The following are emails we have recently received. The authors are unknown.
I am the flag of the United States of America.
My name is Old Glory.
I fly atop the world's tallest buildings.
I stand watch in America's halls of justice.
I fly majestically over institutions of learning.
I stand guard with power in the world.
Look up and see me.
I stand for peace, honor, truth and justice.
I stand for freedom.
I am confident.
I am arrogant.
I am proud.
When I am flown with my fellow banners,
my head is a little higher,
my colors a little truer.
I bow to no one!
I am recognized all over the world.
I am worshipped - I am saluted.
I am loved - I am revered.
I am respected - and I am feared.
I have fought in every battle of every war for more then 200 years.
I was flown at Valley Forge, Gettysburg, Shiloh and Appomattox.
I was there at San Juan Hill, the trenches of France, in the Argonne
Forest, Anzio, Rome and the beaches of Normandy, Guam. Okinawa,
Korea and KheSan, Saigon, Vietnam know me.
I was there.
I led my troops,
I was dirty, battleworn and tired,
but my soldiers cheered me.
I have been burned, torn and trampled on the streets of countries
I have helped set free.
It does not hurt, for I am invincible.
I have been soiled upon, burned, torn and trampled on the streets of
And when it's by those whom I've served in battle- it hurts.
But I shall overcome - for I am strong.
I have slipped the bonds of Earth and stood watch over the uncharted
frontiers of space from my vantage point on the moon.
I have borne silent witness to all of America's finest hours.
But my finest hours are yet to come.
When I am torn into strips and used as bandages for my wounded
comrades on the battlefield,
When I am flown at half-mast to honor my soldier,
Or when I lie in the trembling arms of a grieving parent at the grave
of their fallen son or daughter,
I am proud.
MY NAME IS OLD GLORY--LONG MAY I WAVE,
DEAR GOD IN HEAVEN--LONG MAY I WAVE.
A Prayer For Our Nation
Dear Heavenly Father,
We are moved by the alarming news and crisis that our country is facing.
This, the greatest nation, founded in the belief that
"In God We Trust" & in the "Land of the Free".
Please have mercy on those suffering, hurting, and in fear, and give
wisdom & strength to those who are assisting. May the forces of evil be
broken by your power and may we humble before Thee our strength and refuge.
Give wisdom to our President & all our leaders and bring your
Comforting peace. Help us here to reach out to
those that have been affected by this tragedy.
God Bless America!
"Author Unknown by Request"
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Visit his web site and look over more than 17 pages of high quality graphics.
If you would like to see photos showing the reactions of other countries of the world to the terrorist attack on our country, please visit this web site.
There are several pages of photos, and they take a while to load, but it is well worth it. We are not alone in our grief and shock.
AMATEUR RADIO'S FINEST HOUR
Amateur Radio operators came from all parts of the country to help with the ongoing search and rescue efforts in Manhattan, at the Pentagon, and at the crash site in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. We are proud of our fellow hams who are serving at Salvation Army and Red Cross shelters, shadowing government officials, and doing anything else they can to serve in this time of need. One Amateur Radio volunteer in New York was a 10-year old young lady who just received her Technician's license on September 14th! Hams all across the country are in a state of readiness, and are prepared to answer the call at a moment's notice.
"Never have I felt more strongly about what a great privilege it is to be
part of the extraordinary global community of Amateur Radio,"
- - Jim Haynie, W5JBP, ARRL President
One of our members, Bill Continelli, W2XOY, was in a meeting at the Federal Building in Manhatten, NY at the time of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. The Federal Building is about four blocks away from 'ground zero.' Go to our Amateur Radio page to read his account of what happened that day from a radio operator's point of view.
WHAT ABOUT THE FUTURE?
The following letter was received in our email today. I think it is important that we all read it. President Bush has said that we are at war. It will be long, and different from any other war we have ever fought. It is not something that most of us wish to think about, but nevertheless, it is here. The following letter is frank and to the point about what is ahead, and what we, as Americans, must do. It also underscores the reasons why we, as Amateur Radio operators, must remain prepared. Charge up your batteries, set up your "Go Bag" and keep it handy. You never know when you will need it. This is not the time to be complacent and keep putting it off until tomorrow.
Read the letter
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