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2001 September 11
Dora Becker

I remember Pearl Harbor
How many of our young men and women
Died off the coast.
At that time, I was much younger
That was in 1942
It was a terrible experience.
We were watching a football game on a Dupont television
This happened in the West Coast
New York is three thousand miles away.
Everybody said it can't happen on USA soil
But it happened sixty years later.
September 11 the phone started ringing
Every TV was on couldn't believe our eyes
They say two jets crashed into the World Trade Center.
I was there after the crash
I interviewed a lady that was there
She didn't have to tell me how terrifying it was.
I take my hat and everything else off
To the large amount of people who perish in this awful tragedy.
New York will come back.
It may take a while
But we will be back!

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