September 10, 2011

This Week in September

Like so many of you, our days leading up to September 11th each year are spent remembering the horrible events of that awful day in history.  This year has been no different as we  pause to remember where we were when we heard the news, how we reacted with stunned silence and then tears when we saw the images and heard the terrible stories as they unfolded in front of our eyes.

We all know this is the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attack but our thoughts here are also with the family of a little girl born on 9/11 in Tucson who did not live to see her tenth birthday.  Christina-Taylor Green lost her life in the shooting back in January that seriously injured our Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and killed five others.  Christina was the hope for the future, the pride of her family, the reminder that out of something bad, good could come.

Let us never forget any of those who not only lost, but gave their lives that day.

We have a sampler that contains this verse:

Red for brave hearts that burn
  With liberty,
White for the peace they earn
  Making men free,       
Stars for the Heaven above,—
  Blue for the deep,
Where, in their country’s love,
  Heroes shall sleep.

The first time I read it I was tearful and I thought of the lives from wars long forgotten to those more recent.  It was written by Wallace Rice and is titled "Under the Stars".  It seems fitting to post it this weekend.



  1. A truly touching and timely post, Diane. I hope we never forget and pray that we never have to go through it again. Freedom should never be taken for granted.

  2. I have to say first that I just love the design and next that I would stitch it one day. But it would be a hard one. I try to avoid many of the memorials and tv programs about 9-11. They bring back too many nightmares. I work in Manhattan and was there that morning. Not close enough to actually see but close enough to see the many victims how walked the streets after. Covered in ash, gray and silent or weeping as they walked away from the horror. And I lived through the grief of my dearest friend and co-worker who spent days after the attacks living in the office hoping for word of his only nephew who was working in tower 2. They never found Jakes remains. (My dear friend John passed away in 2007. His anger and grief never eased.) Also the Armory that housed the DNA identity headquarters for weeks after was around the corner from my office. The memorial messages and pleas for a loved ones return haunts my dreams. Maybe one day the nightmares will ease. For me and the millions who still have them. It is a beautiful piece Diane.

  3. Thanks for sharing. Shared grief is somehow easier to bear. I just read that poem earlier, and I think it was on a stitched piece. I'll have to see if I can find it again...

  4. Is this poem available in a pattern? It is one I would love to stitch and have in my home. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  5. Yes, we do have a pattern with that verse. It is called Brave Hearts and can be seen on the LHN web site here:

  6. I am sure that nobody all over the world will never forget that terrible and horrible day, it's impossible.
    Corinne (France

  7. Thank you Diane. Amen.


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