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Victoria resident Franklin Ellas stopped by the newsroom Friday morning to bring a copy of the lyrics to "United We'll Stand."

He asked that we print this lyrics on Saturday to commemorate Sept. 11. The song was written by Patricia Welch and her husband, A.P. "Pete" DuBarry Jr., who live in Palm Desert, Calif., so I told him I couldn't promise we could get permission to do so. However, I called the contact number on their website and found myself having a pleasant conversation with Welch, who quickly agreed to publication.

She explained her husband woke up in the middle of the night soon after 9/11 and wrote the lyrics. She said she's a singer and not a songwriter, but she was moved to put these lyrics to music. You may hear the song at PatriciaWelch.com.

"We meant this to be a source of hope and encouragement for everyone," Welch told me over the phone.

Here are the lyrics:

UNITED WE'LL STAND

We arose from the ashes of the towers in the sky,

We're a proud, mighty nation and we hold our heads high!

Back from Ground Zero where we all shed a tear,

We'll show to the world that we won't live in fear.

They tried to destroy us on that fateful day,

September eleventh in our memory will stay.

With flags full unfurled, we'll fight night and day,

To protect and defend our American way!

So united we'll stand for the whole world to see

We're the home of the brave and we all will agree,

United we'll stand in the land of the free!

They burned down a landmark but our hearts did not sway,

And we're makin' our come-back the American way!

We're children of freedom, and that's how we'll stay,

No terrorist cowards can take that away!

So united we'll stand for the whole world to see

We're the home of the brave and we all will agree,

United we'll stand in the land of the free!

A new brand of hero emerged from the crowd,

Brave Firemen, Policemen, you sure made us proud!

No terror can daunt us, we'll fight to the end,

Unwavering, unfaltering that's the message we send.

We're children of freedom, and that's how we'll stay,

No terrorist cowards can take that away!

America, you're beautiful, honest and true,

America we love you, Our Red, White and Blue!

So united we'll stand for the whole world to see

We're the home of the brave and we all will agree,

United we'll stand in the land of the free!