Barack Mandela
Barack Mandela
American Soldier/Israeli Soldier

Official 9/11 Memorial Hymn

The Official 9/11 Memorial Hymn is the world’s principal song concerned with remembering 9/11, describing its impact, and exploring its continuing significance.

Honoring those who were killed in the 2001 attacks is the principle mission of this spiritual hymn. I wrote this haunting song to preserve the memories of all the brave souls who perished in the September 11th attacks:

“Another day is breaking

As hope and change shine through

New York is waking

And our world looks clean and new

 

Sometimes good things are just knocked down

But as we rebuild on our sacred ground

The human spirit will turn things around

To create a smile where there was a frown

 

So let’s load our guns with love

Let’s turn the hawk into a dove

Let’s pray to heaven above

That the Twin Towers will stand back up

Yes, the Twin Towers will stand back up

 

When we speak with words instead of bombs

When true love becomes our Pentagon

When we accept all instead of some

When we tell the truth rather than con

We’ll turn war off and turn peace on

And somehow the stranger will become our son

 

You are you and I am I

But that’s no reason to kill and die

Every human just wants to survive

And we will live in peace if we only try

 

Sometimes good things are just knocked down

But as we rebuild on our sacred ground

The human spirit will turn things around

To create a smile where there was a frown

 

So let’s load our guns with love

Let’s turn the hawk into a dove

Let’s pray to heaven above

That the Twin Towers will stand back up

 

With the blessing of heaven above

The Twin Towers will stand back up

With help from God above

Our Twin Towers will stand back up”

 

About the Author
Licensed Attorney. I earned a Doctor of Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law (1997). I earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Riverside (1994). I was an international student at the University of Costa Rica Faculty of Law (1991-1992) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law (Summer 1996). I am a military veteran of both the United States Army and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). I am a laureate of the National Defense Service Medal from the Pentagon (2006). I am a financial donor to following: Harvard Law, Yale Law, Stanford Law, Berkeley Law, UC Hastings College of the Law, UC Davis Law, Columbine High School, Choate Rosemary Hall, Phillips Exeter Academy, Sidwell Friends School, Viewpoint School, Beverly Hills High School, Eton College in the United Kingdom, Special Olympics, Children's Defense Fund, Obama Foundation, Clinton Foundation, Barbra Streisand Foundation, and the British Red Cross. I am former special assistant and staff attorney to Governor Pete Wilson of California. I was public affairs assistant to US Senator Barbara Boxer and Mayor Ehud Olmert of Jerusalem and Jerusalem spokesperson Haggai Elias.
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