Hands over hearts

behind bullet-proof glass

surrounded by billowing flags

and easy tears

Presidents and their wives

reflect on the day everything

changed.

Buildings collapsed

and lives were

pulverised into nothingness.

War was declared on American soil

and a decade of destruction ensued.

No stone unturned, no intelligence ignored

despots removed and democracy imposed.

But for those left behind

an outpouring of grief

while tracing the carved name

remembered with pride

at Ground Zero.

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