Jack Buck’s 9/11 Poem

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) – Jack Buck delivered this patriotic poem, “For America” at Busch Stadium on September 17, 2001. This was the first night of MLB baseball since the 9-11 attacks. The poem was read during the pre-game ceremonies and followed by a 21 gun salute.

Full text:

Since this nation was founded under God,
more than 200 years ago,
We have been the bastion of freedom,
the light that keeps the free world aglow.

We do not covet the possessions of others;
We are blessed with the bounty we share.
We have rushed to help other nations;
anything…anytime…anywhere.

War is just not our nature,
We won’t startbut we will end the fight.
If we are involved,
We shall be resolved,
To protect what we know is right.

We have been challenged by a cowardly foe,
Who strikes and then hides from our view.
With one voice we say,
“We have no choice today,
There is only one thing to do.”

Everyone is saying the same thing and praying,
That we end these senseless moments we are living.
As our fathers did before,
We shall win this unwanted war,
And our children will enjoy the future we’ll be giving.