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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Days We Never Forget!

Growing up I was always amazed that people from my folks generation and back could tell you where they were and what was going on in amazing detail on the day that John F. Kennedy was assassinated.  I never understood this phenomenon until September 11, 2001.
I can remember vividly what I was doing at work when we heard the reports that a plane hit one of the towers of the World Trade Center.  Somebody had taken the television from the employee break room and set it up in the middle of the office so we could watch the news.  Just then the second plane hit the other tower.  This was not random accident!  I think the bewilderment turned to total shock at that point.  Later when we watched the towers collapse into the streets, every bodies hearts fell with them.  That crystallized America’s resolve at that point, we all had a common enemy.  We felt what American’s felt on December 7th, 1941.
“These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat.  But they have failed; our country is strong.”   - George W. Bush, Sept. 14, 2001
“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any for, to assure the survival and success of liberty.”   - John F. Kennedy
“…in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground.  The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract.”   - Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg, Nov. 19, 1863
As our country remembers the horrific attack on our country, those who lost lives, the many heroes who died trying to save others.  It was a day that changed the world, for good and bad.
For all who have served in the military, for all the families who have sacrificed the ultimate sacrifice for our countries continued freedom.  For those serving now, and those who will volunteer in the future.  I salute you!  I have worn the uniform, served in the Army, trained on tanks.  I got out before the first Gulf War, so I never saw actual combat.
Americans have been fighting and dying for this country and to preserve our freedom since before 1776.  The crooks and bad ineffective politicians who are systematically destroying our country need to wake up because Americans have paid too dearly for our freedom.  We won’t go down quietly into that good night.  The price has been paid in blood.  With our families.  We will never forget.
I would say my family is a military family.  I served in the military.  My father served in the Air Force during the Korean conflict.  My great Uncle Garth and my Grandfather, my moms dad and brother, served in the Army under Patton and followed him across Europe in World War II.  On my dads side, from Scotland we have family members who were in the Scots Guards.  Military families understand the little things like duty, honor, and what freedom costs.  Military people never desire to war, they know to well the horrors and the cost.  They also understand whats at stake and realize those that can should stand up for those that can’t.  Americans have bought our freedom, we understand it’s hard, the price is high.  That’s why we will never let it go no matter what the cost.  True Americans, Military families, we remember, we will never forget, we will not bow down, knuckle under, apologize to other other countries.  The price has been paid, is being paid, the battle for freedom will never stop.

An elderly gentleman is entering France and having trouble finding his passport which is in one of the pockets of his carry on bag.  The customs agent is rushing him and explaining he must have a passport to enter the country.
“I didn’t have a passport the last time I was in France.”  The man explained.
The French customs agent gets extremely snooty, “Sir, there is no way you entered this country without a passport at any time.”
The elderly gentleman explained, “Sonny, the last time I entered your country was June 6, 1944, and I didn’t have a passport.”

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