Watch Jack Buck Give His Iconic Post-9/11 Speech, Poem

KMOX sports director Tom Ackerman remembers what that day was like.

Tom Ackerman
September 11, 2018 - 12:15 pm
 flowers and gifts adorn a bronze bust of the late Jack Buck, an announcer for the St. Louis Cardinals

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By KMOX Sports Director Tom Ackerman

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — It was an emotional time when I heard the news that Osama bin Laden had died.

I thought about the families of those that lost their lives on September 11, 2001. 

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 God
More than 200 years ago
We have been the bastion of freedom
The light that keeps the free world aglow
We do not covet the possessions of others
We are blessed with the bounty we share.

We have rushed to help other nations
anything, anytime, anywhere.

War is just not our nature
We won't start, but we will end the fight
If we are involved we shall be resolved
To protect what we know is right.

We have been challenged by a cowardly foe
Who 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 praying
That we end these senseless moments we are living.

As our fathers did before, we shall win this unwanted war
And our children, will enjoy the future, we'll be giving.