As I watch today the 9/11 memorials on the news, my eyes fill with tears at the remembrance of the heartache felt on that fateful day in September. It’s been thirteen years since 9/11. Let us NEVER EVER FORGET the events of that horrible day. I will always remember where I was when I heard the news. My class on Abnormal Psychology had just ended when a student came in talking about some planes flying into some buildings, and the White House might even be on fire. I remember not knowing what to think about what I had just heard. It all sounded like crazy talk to me. Who would do such things…that’s just crazy talk. It must be some kind of weird joke. A joke I certainly didn’t understand. I went on to my next class…Philosophy. Again, more talk about planes flying into buildings…could this really be happening?
Let’s go back about three months. It’s June and I’ve just gotten married to my high school sweetheart. He’s in the Army and about to leave, two weeks after we’ve gotten married, for three months. Out of those two weeks I got to see him a total of four times. As a newly wedded Army wife, I found myself moving to a new state, starting at a new school, and settling in to new surroundings…all without my new husband.
My mom had come to visit me to help me settle into my surroundings. I hurry home to my apartment where my mom is waiting for me. We listen to the horrific news over the radio as we rush out to get the cables needed to plug in the TV so we can watch the news, and get a better idea of what’s going on.
It was all so surreal. I remember the fear of uncertainty that I was suddenly facing. What all would this mean for our Country? What would this mean for me as an Army wife, and for my husband as a Solider? Would he get to come home or be sent strait to war? It’s hard to process so much horror, sadness, and uncertainty.
Close to a year and a half later, January 2003, we are now stationed in Germany, and my husband is deployed to Kuwait. His unit was part of the initial ground war going into Iraq. He has deployed to Iraq three times, and to Afghanistan once. A Country at war. WE are a Country at war, and have been since that horrific day on 9/11. Thirteen years is a long time to be at war. Let today also be a reminder about why we fight. We fight to protect the innocent. We fight to protect our Country and our way of life. We fight because we are the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave.
Let us Never Ever Forget the horrific acts of terrorism on that day. The lives lost, the brave acts of heroism, and the sacrifices made that day. Keep in prayer our First Responders who face the unknown each and every day. Keep in prayer our Military who take the fight to the enemy in the hopes that we will never again be attacked. Let us not become complacent. The enemy is still out there seeking to attack us.
Let us Never Ever Forget the events of September 11, 2001. To Quote President Franklin D. Roosevelt, “a date which will live in infamy”.