Saturday, September 10, 2011

Sacrifice

When I first heard about planes hitting the Twin Towers on the radio while I was curling my hair and putting on make-up in preparation for school on September 11, 2001, I don't think I really understood the gravity of the situation. I lived in the Midwest and felt so far removed from it. As a result, I didn't think I would write a post about the 10 year anniversary of that day. I just didn't think I could write anything as profound as some of the other posts I've read recently. But, as I was reading a story on People.com (of all places) about nine-year-olds who have never met their fathers because they died as a direct result of the attacks, it made me think about the sheer number of sacrifices that have been made in the events that occurred on that day and that have transpired since those attacks.

In the Summer of 2006, when my brother enlisted in the Nebraska National Guard, I have to admit, I was somewhat apprehensive.  We were three years into the War in Iraq, and I didn't really see any end in sight.  Next April, he'll be deploying to Kuwait to help move US Military equipment out of the region. For many of the men and women in his unit, this is not the first time they've had to leave their families to deploy overseas. Blake will leave behind a one-year-old daughter, Harlee. While the technology in that area has improved significantly and we can Skype to keep in touch, he most likely will not be there to help us celebrate Liam's first birthday, the Fourth of July, Harlee's second birthday, Thanksgiving, or Christmas. I truly respect Blake, the other members of his Unit, and members of the United States Armed Forces for the sacrifices they have made.

On the day Liam was born, May 1st, 2011, President Barack Obama announced that Osama Bin Laden had been killed. In his statement, he said, "And tonight, let us think back to the sense of unity that prevailed on 9/11.  I know that it has, at times, frayed.  Yet today’s achievement is a testament to the greatness of our country and the determination of the American people." I hope that we never forget that sense of unity and that we remain forever grateful for the sacrifices countless people have made in the name of our national security.


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