Tuesday 11 September 2012

Let's Roll

It was a bright sunny day without a cloud in the sky.  I was walking Thomas in the stroller around the old Forbes Brothers GM Dealership in downtown Brantford while Rob negotiated a deal on a Cavalier.  I wheeled the stroller inside the dealership and Rob and I watched a surreal story unfold on the television screen.  A plane had hit the World Trade Center tower and the building was billowing black smoke.  Later we learned that a second plane had hit the second tower which was also on fire.  Another plane hit the Pentagon in Washington D.C.  It felt like the world was about to come to an end.  While we sat anxiously waiting to see what might happen next, a fourth plane was headed towards the White House.  However, this plane would not reach its destination.  Four passengers stormed the cockpit, wrestled with the terrorists and changed the plane's flight path.  Fortunately, the plane never reached Washington D.C.  Sadly, it crashed in a Pennsylvania field.  Todd Beamer, one of the heroes that day, led the charge to the cockpit, yelling "Let's Roll!"  Here is Neil Young's tribute to the 9/11 heroes.


*Cell phone rings.

I know I said I love you
I know you know it's true
I've got to put the phone down
And do what we gotta do
One's standing in the aisleway
Two more at the door
We've got to get inside there
Before they kill some more

Time is running out
Let's roll
Time is running out
Let's roll

No time for indecision
We've got to make a move
I hope that we're forgiven
For what we gotta do
How this all got started
I will never understand
I hope someone can fly this thing
And get us back to land

Time is running out...

No one has the answer
But one thing is true
You've gotta turn on evil
When it's coming after you
You gotta face it down
And when it tries to hide
You gotta go in after it
And never be denied

Time is running out...

Let's roll for freedom
Let's roll for love
Goin' after Satan
On the wings of a dove
Let's roll for justice
Let's roll for truth
Let's not let our children grow up
Fearful in their youth

Neil Young

Dedicated to all of the victims of 9/11.

Photo of New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, courtesy http://2.bp.blogspot.com.

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