Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Remembering Fallen Heroes

We still remember
as the bell tolls
and names are read.
Remembering 911's fallen heroes,
numbered in the sky and
honored at the village green.
We still remember.
©CVarsalona, 2018, Rockville Centre, NY


I woke this morning to the broadcasting of the Ground Zero ceremony from New York City. As the ceremonial bell rang, the reading of the fallen heroes' names stopped. A stillness surrounded the structure. Tears were shed. The pause was deafening for so many remembered the day that many lives were lost, fathers, mothers, siblings, relatives, and friends. My NYC suburban village was hit hard. Some who perished on 9/11 worked on Wall Street. Others were fire fighters and police. All become our village's heroes.

The short poem above is a compilation of blog titles I have written over the years. Each one a painful memory. Each one a tribute to those who perished, so I ask, "What is needed in this world?" 

All of the words in red are blog posts, either at Beyond LiteracyLink or Wonderopolis' Wonder Ground, that I have written on the topic and gathered here to create a poem.

Besides being Patriot Day, it is the Slice of Life Tuesday at Two Writing TeachersI offer this solemn tribute to those who are remembering 9/11 and to those who are committed to sharing acts of kindness.