My sincere thanks to Joyce for sharing this inspiring picture with me.
I received this wonderful picture in an e-mail in 2003, and was so moved by it that I just had to write a poem about it. At the time, I didn't know who the artist was but have since learned more about it. It is entitled "I'll Take It From Here" and was done by Madison, Ohio high school teacher Jeff Grier . He presented an oil painting of it to the Operation's Command Center at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. on June 13th, 2003, where it is now on display.
From amongst the rubble
From behind the tears
A soldier cries out
I'll take it from here!

With all of the trouble
The fireman in tears
Bodies uncovered
Confirming his fears

Lives have been lost
He shared in the fight
To keep our land safe
He did not take flight

Then just when he thought
He could shed no more tears
That soldier cried out
I'll take it from here!

Because of such heroes
Our flag shall e'er wave
O'er the land of the free
And home of the brave

© 4/7/03 By Susan L. Anderson

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