Tuesday, September 12, 2017

"Let's Roll:" A Poem about 9/11 Written by Sachi Amanze and Austin Luu

"Let's Roll"

It was September 11th, 2001
The day of tragedy had only just begun.
Little did the people know what was in store,
Once they walked through those airplane doors.

This is the story of Flight 93,
A group of courageous people as you will soon see.
On United Airlines they sought to fly,
But on that day they would have to say their final goodbyes.

With sights on San Francisco International Airport,
The pilots LeRoy Homer Jr. and Jason Dahl were forced to abort.
“Mayday! Mayday! Get out of here!” Homer shouted,
For Al-Qaeda had taken over and rerouted.

Led by Ziad Jarrah, Muslim extremists hijacked the plane,
With the coordinated attacks on American soil Al-Qaeda had much to gain,
By then, the World Trade Center had fallen with Flights 172 and 11,
And soon to join their fate would be the Pentagon and Flight 7.

“Let’s roll” were the words that sparked their resistance,
The passengers fought against their captors in that instance.
Knowing all too well it was going to end,
The infiltrators made a sudden bend.

Straight into the ground at 563 miles per hour,
Flight 93 crashed, in an explosion of jet fuel and power.
Into an empty field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania,
That marked the end of al-Qaeda’s burst of mania.

Attacks on American government, military, and economy,
Long-term effects of the attacks would be a certainty.
But thanks to the quick actions of a band of 33,
The United States Capitol is still standing, tall, proud, and free

Heroes they will forever be,
For saving the lives of people like you and me.

By Sachi Amanze and Austin Luu