And I remembered the moment at Busch Stadium on September 17, 2001, when we weren’t sure if it was too soon to resume baseball games following the terrorist attacks on our country.
This poem, written by Jack Buck — and read before the game on Sept. 17 — was followed by Mr. Buck’s question-and-answer: "Should we be here? Yes."
Here is the transcript of his poem:
Since this nation was founded, under GodMore than 200 years agoWe have been the bastion of freedomThe light that keeps the free world aglowWe do not covet the possessions of othersWe are blessed with the bounty we share.
We have rushed to help other nationsanything, anytime, anywhere.
War is just not our natureWe won't start, but we will end the fightIf we are involved we shall be resolvedTo protect what we know is right.
We have been challenged by a cowardly foeWho 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 prayingThat we end these senseless moments we are living.
As our fathers did before, we shall win this unwanted warAnd our children, will enjoy the future, we'll be giving.