Being raised and continuing to live in a military community has instilled a love and pride for the United States that I don’t believe I would have cultivated elsewhere, even with a Navy veteran father. Every day I see how of our military supports our community and nation as a whole.
As I’ve matured, love for my country has deepened, including my appreciation for those who protect our nation and keep it free. Everywhere in my life there is some who serves. My neighbor is in the army. My friend’s son is being sworn into the Marines this Tuesday. Sadly, the son of one of my high school teachers never came home.
On this Memorial Day weekend, I wish to honor and thank those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. God Bless them and America!
Eleven years ago on 9/11 the sky was a vivid blue… my son was in kindergarten. I was at work when my manager came down the hall and said her brother had called and a plane had hit one of the World Trade Center Towers. Instantly, I was back standing on the observation deck gazing over NYC. Although my visit was years before, I felt connected to these buildings. I’m sure anyone who had ever visited the towers or the Pentagon feels the same.
Today on 9/11 my son drove himself to school. The sky was as clear as it was eleven years ago as I made my way to a different employer. Everyone’s lives have changed and we have had to move on, but we must never forget.
Americans cannot afford to become complacent with each passing anniversary of 9/11 . Vigilance is a must to keep our country secure in the world today and one only needs to glance back into history to confirm that a strong military presence is mandatory. Expensive? Yes, but when one considers the alternative…
America is not immune the fate of other fallen countries. Jobs, health care, social security, and the rest won’t matter if the USA ceases to exist. NEVER FORGET 9/11.