Jack Buck's Patriotic 9-11 Poem
"For America"
John Francis "Jack" Buck
For America
Author: Jack Buck
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;

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.
Jack Buck's patriotic poem, "For America" he read at Busch
Memorial Stadium in St. Louis on September 17, 2001.
It was the first night back for Major League Baseball after the
terrorists attacks of 9-11.
The emotionally stirring poem was read during the pre-game
ceremonies and was followed by a 21 gun salute.
Some wondered that baseball may be resuming the games too
soon after the attacks.  But Mr. Buck was convincing and
reassuring when he made this statement;
"I don't know about you, but as for me, the question has already
been answered: Should we be here? Yes!"
Let's Play!
Deal Or No Deal
Jack Buck's Patriotic 9-11 Poem.