Peace, life, hope

Posted: Wednesday, October 17, 2001

My family grew up in Juneau. Recently I visited my son, Todd Nottingham, wife Alice and three young granddaughters in Bainbridge Island, Wash.

After the terrorist attacks on the United States, I was concerned how this affected my grandchildren. Wanting to help people hurt by the terrorist attacks, the girls set up a lemonade stand and made $150, which they gave to the American Red Cross. Morgan, 12, said, "One man gave $20 for just one glass of lemonade." Wesley, 8, showed me her drawings of the American flag and even had flag colors on her fingernails. The family dining room has a large world map and information on Afghanistan and other Muslim countries. Also, there is a poem next to the map written by Ryan, 11, which lifted my spirits, and I thought it might do the same for people in Juneau.


It is the binding of friends and family

It turns us civilized and happy

Since some of ours has gone astray

Bless the U.S.A.

It is a promise of the future

Filled with pleasure and nurture

Since some of ours has flown away

Bless the U.S.A.

It has grown to its highest peak

How high it seems hard to speak

This is where it will stay

Claim victory U.S.A.

Phyllis DeMuth


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