Never Forget

Posted: September 12, 2011 in Never Forget

I may or may not have specifically mentioned it, but I am currently working as a consultant to the US Air Force in Kandahar, Afghanistan. I regularly work with members from all service branches, and military representatives from many of the NATO coalition forces that are deployed here. I get the email traffic directing flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of a fallen soldier being brought in from the field. I have to duck and cover when insurgents launch rockets at the base (as was done both Saturday and Sunday evenings). I have to put up with the same patchwork communications network if I want to talk to my family and friends back in the States. I know the sacrifices that the military servicemembers make because they volunteered to enlist.

Whether or not you support the war effort, never forget that they are fighting to protect us, from any and all threats, including another 9/11-type event. Also, never forget the law enforcement and first responders who rushed into NYC, rushed into the Pentagon, rushed into buildings as everyone else was rushing out, rush to the aid and protection of regular people every day. They have, and continue to put their lives in harm’s way to protect others. Never forget the courageous passengers of Flight 93, that made their own sacrifice without even knowing who they wound up protecting. Can you imagine just how badly the country would’ve been affected if that plane had actually crashed into the Capitol building as intended? Say what you will about dysfunction within our government, it would have been an unmeasurable order of magnitude worse had the terrorist plot succeeded. And never forget the victims of the 9/11 attacks themselves. All of the passengers and crew of each of the hijacked planes. Those at work in the Pentagon. Those at work in Manhattan. By and large, all of them were simply going about their normal routine for a Tuesday. If anyone can claim to be an innocent victim, it would be them.

As you go about your life, remember that there are many people who have died because of the works of hate, but the love and sacrifice by so many others has made it possible for you can have that freedom.  Never forget.

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