Thursday, September 11, 2008

So, today marks the seven year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on our country. I have been going back and forth on whether I should post my thoughts in such a public forum. I have decided that there is no better way to honor those who lost their lives than to allow them to reach through the years and touch our lives today.

Today has brought back memories of what I was doing that morning, as I am sure it has to you as well. I was serving in military intelligence at that time, and I was like everyone else - I watched this whole thing unfold live on CNN. After the first crash we were not put on alert simply because no one knew for sure what was going on. But 15 minutes before the second plane hit the towers, we were placed on full alert. We all watched with bated breath as the second tower was hit, followed by feelings of horror mixed with rage.

I have deep feelings of respect for the people of our country as I think back on how such a thing brought us together so quickly. However, it has been heart wrenching to see such stark lines drawn in the sand over the past seven years. To hear political posturing and the leaders of our great nation speaking of our actions overseas as if we were a country of tyranny brings a spirit of sadness and foreboding for the future.
I am proud of our troops and the sacrifices they are willing to make in order to keep our land free of other such incidents. I am POSITIVE that we have no idea how many plots have been found out, and subsequently spoiled before they ever reached our soil. I thank God on a daily basis for the relative peace we have enjoyed in our homes. Thank you for allowing me a medium to express my feelings regarding this somber day.


1 comment:

steph said...

Hi Greg... thank you so much for your thoughts and feeling on a day that is so important to me.

I wish more people would remember what really matters in life... and to not 'sweat' the small stuff! I am so proud and grateful of our soldiers and what the United States stands for!

I know my world will never be the same! ~steph