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by Carolyn K. Long

Columbia, MD_September 1, 2009__ Regardless of faith or lack thereof, 9/11 had the world on its knees, praying, promising, and realigning priorities. With scenes of horror emblazoned on our minds, and raw pain rending our hearts, we vowed almost in unison to love one another, to keep our faith, to embrace a new perspective, to cherish life and make more time for those we love—and for a time, we did. But eight years later, have we?  Or has the impact of 9/11 faded?

“We must never forget this fateful day” resounded throughout the land. But have we just stored it safely in a quiet corner of our minds and resumed our old patterns? Or does the memory of September 11, 2001, still evoke the promises, prayers, priorities, and new perspective we held dear in the shadow of the worst event on our soil since the Civil War?

It is human nature to release the intensity of pain. It is healthy to heal. To heal, we must grow. To grow, we must open our minds and hearts. We must turn the mad kaleidoscope of life so the little beads create a new pattern, shedding light on a reality we had never seen before; giving us an altogether new perspective.

The memorial poem and video “Angels Over America” offers just such a new perspective. This moving tribute to 9/11 victims and heroes is designed to preserve and renew the indomitable American Spirit, while providing perspective, healing, and hope.

The work’s unique metaphor is powerfully grounded in the reality of the event and spiritually uplifting. The four segments of “Angels Over America” trace the evolution of shock and awareness, emotion and understanding that lead to transcendence.

The events of 9/11 will be a part of the American consciousness forever. The lens through which we continue to view those events will shape our future. “Angels Over America” is dedicated to an America that lost its innocence on September 11—but never its hope.

Award-winning New York arranger and producer Mark Freeh co-produced the video from Carolyn K. Long’s poem, “Angels Over America,” with never-before-seen clips and photos of the event against the backdrop of his stirring arrangement of “America the Beautiful,” and moving renditions of “Amazing Grace,” both performed by the New York Staff Band of the Salvation Army, and “My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” played by Imperial Brass.

The “Angels Over America,” poem and video can be viewed or downloaded from the website  A YouTube version is also linked to the site. The final version of the video on DVD with poem, a laminated poster or printed copy of “Angels Over America” can be ordered online from the website or by email from

Carolyn K. Long , author of “Angels Over America” and co-producer of the 9/11 memorial video of that name, is a professional speaker, consultant, writer and photographer, based in Columbia, MD.

The events of 911 will be a part of the American consciousness forever.

How they are held there will shape our future.

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