God Bless America
  • On the morning of September 11, 2001, our hearts were broken
  • Stunned Americans watched in shock the World Trade Center and the Pentagon collapse
  • Lake Placid reached out with the rest of the nation to bind the wound and pray

Lake Placid area residents come from nearly every part of the nation.  Some come from rich Midwestern soils, some from deep valleys sheltered between majestic mountains, some fun and interesting cities full of people busy in their comings and goings, and some come from quaint small towns where no one is a stranger. 

God Bless America reminds us that we have roots in other places---all over the united states. 

On the morning of September 11, 2001, some enemies of the United States hoped their calculated punch would fatally injured the nation they hated. 

Instead, to their dismay, they watched in awe as one by one, from sea to shining sea, across the farmlands, through the valleys, in the cities and towns, we turned to one another and joined hands.  After Americans had watched in shock the collapse of the World Trade Center in volcanic dust and debris and a wall of the Pentagon go down, our enemies saw our ringing hands but for a moment.

Words we knew from childhood exploded in our hearts and minds---"We have nothing to fear but fear itself." And, we prayed to the God in whom we trust.

Our enemies watched that day as their deadly blow broke our hearts and when our broken hearts began to bleed, they watched in horror that the love that poured out was pure. 

We in Lake Placid and in Highlands County, rich with veterans of earlier wars, reached out with the rest of the nation to bind the wound and prayed over the injury. 

This mural memorializes this day and another dangerous test of the kind we have faced many times as a community and as a nation. 

As it is for any nation that hopes to survive attack, the hands that hold it together mean the difference between life and death, hopelessness and faith 

Artist Location Size Sponsor Note Audio
Terry Smith Green Dragon Sub and Sandwich Shop
Deen Boulevard & Tangerine Street
21 ft wide x 9 ft high Dom & Janice Distefano Find the America flag and 911 N/A

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